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on 15 March 2002
In the early 1980's Genesis Publications produced this book in a strictly limited edition, each costing around £130. Thankfully, we can now buy it in paperbook at a somewhat more affordable price. This book is pure self indulgence, but a treat for the rest of us nevertheless. Split into three sections, the book starts with a brief history of George's early life, written by George himself collaborating with is old mate Derick Taylor. Given that George is a very private man, this book can be considered his official autobiography, or as near to it as he allowed us to get. The second section consists of an interview with George, again conducted by Derick Taylor. There are few surprises and one rather gets the feeling that the real George Harrison is kept strictly to himself and friends. Nevertheless, George does allow us a glimpse into his life and world, including not only his music, but also his passion for gardening and motor racing. There could have been endless pages about cars, but, thankfully, the book has been carefully edited by Derick. George also describes in some detail his magnificent mansion, Friar Park, at Henley on Thames, and tells why he fell in love with the place. "The house came to the right man at the right time" explains Derick Taylor. The last section of the book features song lyrics, often in Georges handwriting on whatever paper was at hand at the time, and includes a brief description of each song and the circumstances that brought them into being. With black and white photo's included this is the only officially sanctioned George Harrison book about George Harrison. No other can claim that, and as such, Harrison fans would not be dissappointed. Included in the song lyrics are such rarities as The Pirate Song and Sour Milk Sea. Who can forget such classics?
Dedicated to "Gardeners Everywhere" this book is George Harrison at peace with the world.