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George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door by [Thomson, Graeme]
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Praise for the Work of Graeme Thomson:
"Better musical surveys are hard to find, and the results are positively life-affirming." --"Paste "
"That rarest of rock & roll studies: expertly researched, restrained yet stylish, and in perfect tune with its subject's work." --"Austin Chronicle "


"Thomson is especially compelling in his illumination of Harrison s inner life, his robust spirituality, and his deep love of Indian culture. A must for all Beatles collections and for fans of the quiet man himself." "Booklist" (Starred Review)
"Boring is one characteristic George Harrison can certainly never be accused of. Neither can it be said of Thomson's magisterial biography." "Chicago Tribune"
"Do we need another book on the Beatles? In this case, definitely." "The San Francisco Chronicle"
Praise for the Work of Graeme Thomson:
Better musical surveys are hard to find, and the results are positively life-affirming. "Paste"

That rarest of rock & roll studies: expertly researched, restrained yet stylish, and in perfect tune with its subject s work. "Austin Chronicle""

About the Author

Graeme Thomson is one of Britain's leading music writers. As the author of critically acclaimed and definitive biographies of Elvis Costello (Complicated Shadows, Canongate, 2004) and Kate Bush (Under The Ivy, Omnibus Press, 2010)

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  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 01 edition (17 Sept. 2013)
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Being a huge George Harrison fan, I was so looking forward to reading this. But within five minutes of skimming to a few of my favourite topics/events, I was shocked to see that a huge amount of the details, and even the structure in certain cases, has come straight from Wikipedia's Harrison album and song articles. (I know this because I'm the crazy person who's been expanding Harrison content on that encyclopaedia since January 2012!) It could be a coincidence, I admit. But: a) that would make a *lot* of coincidences, and b) the similarities just jump off the page.

* As an example, take pages 210-11 of this book and compare with two sections in Wikipedia's ALL THINGS MUST PASS album article -- the sections "Release" and "Reception". I believe this author takes the build-up/credibility points from Release; then paraphrases the quote from Robert Rodriguez that sits early in the article's Reception section; then (most obviously) repeats the same line of discussion as the article, through the inclusion of Rolling Stone's critique of the album, followed by the NME's, followed by Richard Williams' in Melody Maker and The Times.
* Loads of other examples: CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH article (under Rehearsals) vs this book's pages 224-25, which repeat details on Nola Studios rehearsals, Harrison's preliminary setlist, and Frampton's role; many other mirror images from Wikipedia's articles (on the concerts, the live album, related songs such as The Day the World Gets 'Round) appear through to p. 235 of the book.
* Or take the chapter covering the LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD album (starting on pages 238-39).
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For someone who was part of the Beatles and had an eventful solo career, George Harrison has not been well served by biographers. Having read them all, this must rank as one of the best. The author has actually spoken to folk who were part of George's life and has certainly researched previously published material in great detail. The author gives an honest assessment of George's music during the solo years and is prepared to explore some of the darker aspects of Harrison's life.

It had me dipping back into my record collection to refer to albums not played in a while and gave me some insight which got me reassessing the merits of many songs and albums. An excellent book about a very complex man torn between the spiritual and the material worlds.
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This is a superb read, painstakingly researched and beautifully written. I know my Beatles books very well and what the author does here so effectively is bring a freshness to such a familiar subject. Having said that, The Beatles period stuff is great but the book really comes to life when its getting to grips with the complexities of Harrison's life after 1970. Definitive, I's say.
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As a child of post punk with an interest in Hinduism I approached the reading of this book not knowing what to expect. Like most people I am familiar with the Beatles music but have never actually read a book about what went on. By the time I finished the book I was sorry it had ended.
Historically it is extremely interesting with regard to the Beatles in Hamburg (George was underage at the time) and some of the excesses of Beatlemania.
There is the inevitable falling out of the original band members (always a tedious tale) and the moving on process. Unlike in other stories the moving on in this story is when things actually get more interesting.
In George's case he seemed to flourish in producing his own music and his utilisation of the Sitar.
For the first time I understood just how ahead of his time he was in the setting up with Ravi Shankar of the Concert for Bangladesh.
I can also now more fully understand the link between the Concert for Bangladesh and the Womad festivals that have been taking place since the early eighties. I was touched when I read that George, in his disillusionment wanted to meet someone who would make an impression on him as he had quickly tired if the superficial fame that came along with the Beatles. I could completely relate to his search for something more meaningful and his subsequent friendship with Ravi Shankar which proved beneficial to both parties.
I would not have always seen it this way as I was reminded of the period when the punks kicked out all the old rockers and there is no doubt about it George had no desire to do anything about it even if he could. In some ways he had become out of touch living as he was at Friar Park.
Overall though I became sympathetic towards him as a person.
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This is a very decent biography.

Much of it is taken from previously available material, but that doesn't detract from a decent look at the character of a complex man who never quite came to terms with the fame that was thrust upon him. At times Harrison felt the fame was happening to somebody else.

By necessity this book is obviously also about the Beatles and at times it does wander away from the subject of the biography. But of course that was always going to be inevitable. It beautifully illustrates the way the Fab Four soon became burnt out with the non stop rounds of live dates, recording, making films etc. It is written in an engaging style about a man that has always seemed to play second fiddle to Lennon and McCartney but whom had a withering sense of humour.

I have always been particularly interested in the early days of the Beatles - before they were famous. Interestingly Harrison never felt a great affinity to his native Liverpool and it is important that we think about this book without pre-conceptions. Today Liverpool is a thriving centre of history and art. When Harrison was growing up it was a hotbed of violence and crime. The book highlights the wonderful support Harrison had from his family and his mother in particular.

It depicts the early days in Hamburg well and the transition of the Beatles into the world's greatest ever band. Much of the interest in the book, however, comes in the shape of Harrison's life outside the group when he was older but not necessarily wiser and continually striving for something that could make some sense of his life. This is a good portrait of something of a tortured soul.
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