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Wonderful tonight by [Boyd, Pattie]
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'[T]he appeal of "Wonderful Tonight" is as self-evident as the seemingly simple but brash opening chord of "A Hard Day's Night... a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs it also works as a cultural history... The prose is clear and unpretentious, and although she writes candidly about the pain her husbands' infidelities caused her...this isn't a bitter tell-all. There's an aura of sweetness around Boyd's approach.'
--"New York Times Book Review"
"A scrumptious memoir...There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband's close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully."
--"The New York Times"
"They say if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there. Well, Pattie Boyd was there, and she remembers it all." Wonderful Tonight "is a unique gospel of a turbulent time by someone who was in the very eye of the rock 'n' roll hurricane."
--"Sydney Morning Herald"
"Pattie Boyd married two Sixties legends and inspired three of the era's greatest love songs, but life was far from glamorous. The ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton speaks out in this compelling autobiography."
--"The London Sunday Times"
"There are so many wonderful stories in Pattie Boyd's life: Falling in love with a Beatle. Falling in love with another famous rock star, Eric Clapton, and being serenaded with 'Wonderful Tonight' . . . "But there is much that is excruciating in her life story." Boyd "was taught by her parents that she didn't deserve to be loved; she was told by her husbands that she wasn't worth very much, but here she is: not dead, not ondrugs, not an alcoholic, but a survivor."
--"London Daily Mail"
"Will thrill classic-rock buffs with a taste for scandal."
--"Entertainment Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition."

"[T]he appeal of "Wonderful Tonight" is as self-evident as the seemingly simple but brash opening chord of 'A Hard Day s Night' a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs it also works as a cultural history The prose is clear and unpretentious, and although she writes candidly about the pain her husbands infidelities caused her this isn t a bitter tell-all. There s an aura of sweetness around Boyd s approach."
"New York Times Book Review"
A scrumptious memoir There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband s close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully.
"The New York Times"
"They say if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there. Well, Pattie Boyd was there, and she remembers it all." Wonderful Tonight "is a unique gospel of a turbulent time by someone who was in the very eye of the rock 'n' roll hurricane."
"Sydney Morning Herald"
"Pattie Boyd married two Sixties legends and inspired three of the era's greatest love songs, but life was far from glamorous. The ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton speaks out in this compelling autobiography."
"The London Sunday Times"
"There are so many wonderful stories in Pattie Boyd's life: Falling in love with a Beatle. Falling in love with another famous rock star, Eric Clapton, and being serenaded with 'Wonderful Tonight' . . . "But there is much that is excruciating in her life story." Boyd "was taught by her parents that she didn't deserve to be loved; she was told by her husbands that she wasn't worth very much, but here she is: not dead, not on drugs, not an alcoholic, but a survivor."
"London Daily Mail "
Will thrill classic-rock buffs with a taste for scandal.
"Entertainment Weekly"
Boyd finally answers some of those questions [about George Harrison and Eric Clapton] but on her own terms.
USA Today
Sixties model Pattie Boyd opens up about her rocky relationships with two of music s most famed performers.
Harper s Bazaar

"From the Hardcover edition.""

"[T]he appeal of Wonderful Tonight is as self-evident as the seemingly simple but brash opening chord of 'A Hard Day's Night'... a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs it also works as a cultural history... The prose is clear and unpretentious, and although she writes candidly about the pain her husbands ' infidelities caused her...this isn't a bitter tell-all. There's an aura of sweetness around Boyd's approach."
--New York Times Book Review
"A scrumptious memoir...There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband's close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully."
--The New York Times
"They say if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there. Well, Pattie Boyd was there, and she remembers it all." Wonderful Tonight "is a unique gospel of a turbulent time by someone who was in the very eye of the rock 'n' roll hurricane."
--Sydney Morning Herald
"Pattie Boyd married two Sixties legends and inspired three of the era's greatest love songs, but life was far from glamorous. The ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton speaks out in this compelling autobiography."
--The London Sunday Times
"There are so many wonderful stories in Pattie Boyd's life: Falling in love with a Beatle. Falling in love with another famous rock star, Eric Clapton, and being serenaded with 'Wonderful Tonight' . . . "But there is much that is excruciating in her life story." Boyd "was taught by her parents that she didn't deserve to be loved; she was told by her husbands that she wasn't worth very much, but here she is: not dead, not on drugs, not an alcoholic, but a survivor."
--London Daily Mail
"Will thrill classic-rock buffs with a taste for scandal."
--Entertainment Weekly
"Boyd finally answers some of those questions [about George Harrison and Eric Clapton]-but on her own terms."
--USA Today
"Sixties model Pattie Boyd opens up about her rocky relationships with two of music's most famed performers."
--Harper's Bazaar

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

PATTIE BOYD is an acclaimed photographer whose exhibition Through the Eyes of a Muse recently toured two continents. She lives in West Sussex, England.

From the Hardcover edition.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8903 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Handheld Books (23 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WBJ612
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Just wanted to knock off a quick review, because I feel Patti has been short changed so far. I think Patti has written an account that gives fans plenty of interesting nuggets and insight, without being too indiscreet either. There is obviously a lot missing and what we get is a few scraps but they are quite tasty. Given that George has now passed on and Eric has written his own autobiography her timing is okay and though George and Eric don't emerge unscathed, she also has plenty of nice things to say about them. The book is somewhat amateur in certain ways. It's full of typos, even half sentences missing, and sometimes it gets its facts wrong. Speaking of the early years, she says the Beatles averaged one album and 3 singles. In fact it was two albums and 4 singles. Sometimes when she is trotting out the statistics like that I very much get the feeling that Patti is no longer with us anyway, it's the ghostwriter Penny Junor giving a bit of background for folks that don't know much about the era. Patti doesn't seem that interested in the music and Junor doesn't betray hallmarks of being much of a Beatles fan, either. The book therefore suffers from a lack of judicious probity. We get almost nothing about George's relationship with other Beatles, bar a tantalising clue about George's frustration with Paul. I suspect it may be because Patti didn't want to go there for the Beatles' sake and that's fair enough, but I think she could have gone a wee bit further and not hurt anyone. Personally I think George's problems with Paul were not just about Paul's well known ego, but also because George had one too (surprise) and some of George's all too human flaws do become apparent in this book. That said, I wonder if Patti is not a little blind.Read more ›
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I knew this wouldn't exactly be high brow, but I thought it would at least be entertaining. Wrong. It is one of the most banal things I have ever read. I am skim reading most of it as it is so bad. This woman lived through the madness of the Beatles in the 60's and writes nothing of any note about the period. I had hoped for some insight into George's personality, but i get no picture of him at all. I don't even really get that much of a picture of Patti herself, other than as someone who is completely self absorbed. The worst moment is when she suggests that Eric Clapton became a heroin addict as she wouldn't leave George for him. Now that may have been a factor, but I think it takes more than a rejection to turn someone into a drug addict. Honestly, don't bother buying this. Anything you might be interested in you will most likely already know.
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I really enjoyed this book and pretty much read it non stop. As for many readers I suspect I was attracted to the book because of 'that' song and the intrigue of reading the perspective of somebody who knew both these musicians so well and was the inspiration for the song.

The importance of understanding Patti's early life becomes really important when you see how life can repeat itself and how people can come to accept misbehaviour on others parts as being acceptable because of their own early life experiences.

For a behind the scenes view of life with 2 rock and roll titans you won't be disappointed - these men are still both hero's of mine but goodness me my adulation is now strictly reserved for their music!

Thanks for sharing Pattie!
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Sort of posh girl meets 2 rock stars and marries them. She meets lots of famous people and goes on exotic holidays. Gets ex husbands to buy her houses doesn't have a proper job or know how to tax a car or licence her TV. End of!!
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I'm not sure why she wrote this, other than frequent opportunities to name-drop, describe in detail horrendously expensive purchases and the over- indulged weak people she mixed. Their attitudes to eacother, whether married, living together or on/off relationships were truly appalling.
I am 65 and had traumatic experiences, both in my childhood and as an adult. Worked hard for 50 years, raised two lovely children and now retired. I never once tried drugs and apart from a few glasses of wine now and again, managed to deal with everything, just like many many other people do.
I just don't understand Pattie Boyd, her sister or anyone else she talks about.
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Interesting read. Good to hear Pattie's side but she did mention quite a bit how short of cash she was even though she had countless holidays etc ,Definitely not living in the real world
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As a Beatle fanatic I read this book for an insight into life with George. I'd seen Scorcese' s Living in the Material World film & Patti Boyds book tallied well with it. Her description of her dysfunctional family & upbringing make me wonder that she appears to be such a well balanced individual. The "quiet Beatle" appears, at times, to be a tortured soul, with episodes of meditative isolation followed by wilful marital cruelty. Who knew? We've been led to believe that that was solely Lennon' s territory! Why Eric Clapton should so rigorously pursue a woman only to immediately retreat into an alcoholic stupor once he won her I don't know, but then addicts are complicated. I find it slightly irritating that Patti pleads poverty at times- real world anybody! However this is quite an informative read.
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