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George Harrison: Living in the Material World Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 01 edition (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702204
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist. She has received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 Concert for George, which she organized to benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation in memory of her husband, George Harrison; and a UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award in recognition of her family's assistance to the children of Bangladesh. Mark Holborn is a distinguished editor of illustrated books, who has worked with numerous photographers and artists, from Annie Leibovitz to Lucian Freud.


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I have many Beatles books. It's hard to say what my favourites have been as they all serve different purposes really. Some focus on the songs (Revolution in the Head, Ian MacDonald), some on the insider's perspectives (Magical Mystery Tours, Tony Bramwell), some are intelligent accounts of the complex business wranglings and the fraught relationships between the band (The Love You Make, Pete Doggett). And then some are more personal, shedding light on the Fab's own perspectives of life inside the Beatle bubble. The gorgeous Anthology Hardback set a high standard, with it's beautiful photos, transcripts of interviews and recollections by the Beatles themselves, and mixture of personal handwritten notes and letters, and photos taken by the Beatles themselves.

I was hoping this hardback would be of the same standard. I have yet to see the accompanying DVD, but having now had a good weekend to look through this book, I feel it to be a bit unsubstantial and lightweight. It certainly doesn't deserve to be called a biography, because there is very little text in there. It's more of a beautifully produced picture book. Yes, there are quite a few pictures I have never seen before, and yes, the reproduction and quality is beyond reproach, especially for the price it's selling at on Amazon.

Olivia Harrison is without doubt a woman of integrity and dignity. She is the editor of sorts I presume of this book, and decided the shape and contents. However, I'm not convinced that the perspective she has gone for is all that balanced of the real man. It's hard to convey the contradictions and complexities in pictures. It seems that the DVD will better do this.

Certain periods of his life in this book are very lightly sketched.
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This is a beautiful book. It's a weighty tome, with thick, high quality pages containing beautiful photographs, many of which are previously unseen. It's more a coffee table book than a serious academic volume, but the written content itself is all fantastic - some lovely andecdotes from those who knew and loved George. It's the perfect accompaniment to George Harrison - Living in the Material World (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray] or even to just George Harrison - Living in the Material World [Blu-ray] or George Harrison - Living in the Material World [DVD] alone. A must have for anyone with even a passing interest in George Harrison, and possibly the most beautiful and iconic front cover I have ever seen.
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2011
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"I want to tell you, my head is filled with things to say." -- George Harrison, 1966

This is without a doubt the most beautiful and longest awaited biography of George Harrison to date!

As soon as this book became available, I ordered it immediately if not even sooner. I loved the previously unpublished photographs, such as that of 2-year-old George in the arms of his sister, Louise, then nearly 14. I had to smile at tween George sunning himself with family friends, father Harold Sr. and brother Peter, in or about 1954. I especially loved the picture of Louise and Harold Sr. at a dance in the late 1940s, a loving couple who literally welcomed George with love.

It was such a treat to read about various Harrison family members. It is plain and has been well documented that George was not only created by love, but was literally born into love. From 1965-1969, Louise Harrison lent her voice to a column in a newsletter in a fan club newsletter honoring her son.

Postcards George had written various friends and family members; sketches from his school workbooks all paint young George Harrison into sharper focus. As a bonus treat, readers enjoy the inclusion of quotes by various family members, such as George's sisters-in-law, brothers, fellow Beatles and sundry friends.

I have long thought George and Paul were the most interesting of the Beatles. George's love for Eastern music and his life-long bond with Ravi Shankar, whom he met in 1965 is beautifully chronicled in this book. George's home Friar Park is included, from its "evolution" to its finished state, metaphoric in that it parallels George's "evolution" to that of gardener, a passion he inherited from both Harold Sr. and Louise.
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This book is the perfect companion to the DVD/Blu-ray package of the same name.

Filled with many rare photographs it is an excellent pictorial history of George's life and is excellent value over it's 400 pages.

Olivia Harrison adds a personal touch to this superb work and this is a must for any George/Beatles fan.
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It's a beautiful book with some great photos and letters, but my main issue is the virtual omission of Patti Boyd. Patti was with George for a substantial period of his life from Beatlemania and they were originally very much in love. It was Patti who introduced George to Eastern thinking - a subject which clearly dominated Harrison' life. She also took some great pictures of George that were seen in an exhibition a few years ago that would have made a great addition to the book. Dismissing her contribution and influence to George's life is a huge error. Obviously the editor of both book and film, George's second wife Olivia, clearly has a part to play in Boyd's marginalisation which is a real shame as Patti was one of the most important figures in George's life story. And as Boyd appeared extremely briefly in the documentary, and Olivia's appearance was, by contrast, considerable, one assumes that Boyd's lack of involvement was not by choice.
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