George Harrison: Living in the Material World Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011
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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 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.Read more ›
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 I loved the previously unpublished photographs, such as that of 2-year-old George in the arms of his sister, Louise, then nearly 14.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.Read more ›
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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I've always wanted this book. I loved the Scorcese doco several years back. and this book is the perfect companion to the film. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jason C. Brayshaw
Really loved the photos from George's trips to India, the Dark Horse Tour and his family life at Friar Park and in Hawaii- beautiful man and really moving comments from Olivia,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss J C Milligan