While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music Of George Harrison Hardcover – 6 Sep 2002
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Simon Leng has enjoyed unprecedented access to band members and associates, and most importantly Carlos Santana himself, producing a gripping portrait of a World Music pioneer who is also one of the most distinctive and influential guitarists of all time. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Simon Leng has produced an impressive documentary which examines George's music, offering insights that can only enhance the listening experience.
Reading the book is like listening to an informed guide whilst taking a lingering view of the paintings in an art gallery. Simon Leng explains the phase of George's career when each album was produced, with notes on technique, composition and interpretation.
Leng knows his music and even if occasionally a piece of technical analysis, which is provided for some of the tracks, goes over the reader's head (is it did with me now and then) it does make you listen more intently.
Each track summary gives a complete list of the musicians involved after some discussion of how the selection of musicians was assembled by George. The book is much more than an analysis of George's music - it is a portrait of a giant among musicians - a towering talent but a gentle and retiring one. The biographical content is riveting (enhanced with insights from several of George's collaborators - notably Klaus Voormann).
There is one problem which you, the reader, will have to face whilst reading this book. You will want to listen afresh to George's songs and you may not have all the albums! Be prepared for some further expense!
If you've read this far then you must be interested in the music of GH. There are other books to check out but none that will get closer to understanding and enjoying George's music than this one. I won't part with my copy and, once you have bought yours, neither will you !
The coverage of Harrison's later work is particularly refreshing as it is so often dismissed . In fact, as any lover of his music knows, there are real gems to be found on all his albums and all tracks are well worth listening to.
This is no cut and paste newspaper cuttings collection , like the recent Shapiro book... nor shock revelation / spread the gossip journalism.. but a well written account of what is important about George Harrison: the music, put into context through facts about his life and relevant opinions from musicians that worked with him, such as Delaney Bramlett, rather than rent-a-celebrities.
If you buy one book about Harrison this should be it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Initially, I bought this meaning only to focus on the first 50 pages or so as I was really only interested in the Beatle years. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2012 by grimtraveller
Easily the best book available on the music of the 'Quiet Beatle', this
book emphasises George the musician and has a wealth of informed knowledge, not only about his... Read more