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George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door [Format Kindle]

Graeme Thomson
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Revue de presse

"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)

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 

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Behind The Locked Door is Graeme Thomson’s rich, insightful account of George Harrison’s extraordinary life and career.

As a Beatle, Harrison underwent a bewilderingly compressed early adulthood, buffeted by unprecedented levels of fame and success. "Beatlemania" offered remarkable experiences and opportunities but ultimately left him unsettled and unfulfilled. His life became a quest for deeper meaning which travelled far beyond the parameters of his former band and, indeed, music itself.

This elegant, in-depth biography tracks him assiduously through his many changes and conflicts, from schoolboy guitarist to global superstar, God seeker to independent filmmaker, Formula One enthusiast to UNICEF fundraiser, and marks the perennial struggle of a man attempting to walk a spiritual path lined with temptation.

Drawing on scores of new interviews with close friends and collaborators, rigorous research and critical insight, Behind The Locked Door is a fascinating account of the motives and varied achievements of an often misunderstood man. It offers full analysis of Harrison’s music, including his earliest songs for The Beatles, his landmark solo album All Things Must Pass, his work with The Traveling Wilburys, and the posthumous Brainwashed, as well as his pioneering forays into Indian and electronic music. It is also an intimate character study, beautifully illustrating the eternal yin and yang of Harrison’s nature. Behind The Locked Door is the definitive account of a compelling, contradictory life.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 SATISFAIT 8 décembre 2014
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Je possede quelques ouvrages sur George Harrison, je trouve ce livre assez complet sur la vie et l'oeuvre de Harrison, peut etre pas assez de photos ou celle ci sont déjà connu, mais satisfait
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A half-way good biography. 30 avril 2014
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In the beginning I thought the book was great and was enjoying reading it immensely. However, I thought the author's take on Harrison's LPs especially those after All Things Must Pass done between 1973 -79 were way of the mark. It seems that the author equates good song writing with chart success. I believe George Harrison wrote some of his best material during this period. No, they weren't chart toppers or big sellers but they had a beauty and a honesty that you don't find very often. If I was to compare the biggest selling album (studio wise) of all time Michael Jackson's Thriller to say Living in the Material World, I know which one I'd pick as having more depth, more soul and more melody.

The greatness of a song or album should have nothing to do with its sales but with its beauty, with its heart and how it moves you. This is not to say that a great selling song or album can't have this, of course not. But this author seems hell bent on knocking George Harrison down.

George Harrison was also great as a producer and didn't need the likes of Quincy Jones to put sugar on his compositions.

Don't get me wrong Graeme Thomson's book is great as a historical account on George Harrison's life but on a musical one it lacks tremendously. It seems too ready to criticise anything that Harrison did post All Things Must Pass and accusing him of not being creative in his song writing. At one point, speaking of George's 1981 LP, he says "Somewhere In England was a weak, rather ugly-sounding record." Total nonsense. It may not have been up there with the latest trends in music but that is no reflection on the quality of the songs or their delivery. According to the author George Harrison only made one truly suburb album during his solo career.

One slight annoyance I found in the book was the bad editing. There were a few, here and there, where the wording was incorrect. Simple mistakes but the editors should have picked them up. One example, on page 385 the year dates gets mixed up, where it's supposed to be 1998 it is written as 1988.

A funny mistake which has nothing to do with editing was the reference to the new millennium starting in the year 2000. The new millennium actually started on 01-01-2001. But this was a common mistake by many. I guess people liked the sound of a nice round number. But simple maths explain the fact.

I would recommend the book only to those looking for an account of George Harrison's more negative and short comings in life pre- and post-Beatles. But if you're looking for a biography that's more even based and that deals better with Harrison's music and talents, then I would look elsewhere as there a many books dealing with that.

It's a half-way good biography but misses its mark. I found it dwelling too much on the negative and don't believe it really shows enough of the positive. And no, I don't have illusions that George Harrison was perfect and without faults, I'm sure he had many, but this book is hell bent on dwelling on them. It's a shame because otherwise it would have been a much better portrayal of the man.
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