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"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)

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“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  --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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The definitive new biography of the most enigmatic Beatle 
 

As a Beatle, Harrison underwent a bewilderingly compressed early adulthood, buffeted by unprecedented levels of fame and success. The notoriously shy performer mostly ceded the spotlight to his more flamboyant bandmates John, Paul, and Ringo, but after the band’s breakup, Harrison charted a new path all his own. In this elegant, in-depth biography, renowned music journalist Graeme Thomson tracks Harrison assiduously through his many changes and conflicts, from schoolboy guitarist to global superstar, God-seeker to independent filmmaker, 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, George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door is a fascinating account of the motives and varied achievements of an often misunderstood man. 

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  • Relié: 372 pages
  • Editeur : Omnibus Press (17 septembre 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1780383061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780383064
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,6 x 4,1 x 23,7 cm
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Par THIERRY TASSET le 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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A half-way good biography. 30 avril 2014
Par Peter Jensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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When He Was Fab 28 janvier 2015
Par The Maestro - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This is quite a well researched book albiet limited through having no direct access to the main players in Harrison’s life such as his immediate family, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The author has however quoted them from various sources such as newspapers, magazines and documentaries. His other sources are from former associates including those who played alongside of him post Beatles. It is a book where you turn the pages and look forward to the next page. It drops in intensity towards the last 50 or so pages but overall you will learn some things – such as before he died George was made a citizen of Switzerland to avoid the Taxman.

We learn of his warmth, his infidelities and also his strong work ethic. How he and Eric Clapton had this unusual friendship following George’s wife Patty leaving him for Eric. While George was seen in some ways not bothered by this and was relieved the marriage was over, there was more to it than that. He was seen to be wanting revenge tit for tat with women who had been in Clapton’s life. The upshot of this book is a better understanding of this complex character George Harrison and what made him, what defined him and how he came to leave such a big mark on the world of popular music.

George comes across as a complex man trapped by the fame he and the other Beatle members had sought and found peace through eastern religion and philosophies. He was frustrated by his fame and with the murder of John Lennon, people seeking his autograph and the attack on him in his house. It was something that he never psychologically completely recovered from.
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Journey Through a Sour Milk Sea! 15 février 2015
Par Michael OConnor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Graeme Thomson's GEORGE HARRISON, BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR chronicles the life and musical times of the legendary musician/singer/songwriter/seeker of truth. There have been a number of Harrison bios published over the years; this is the latest. A 2015 Overlook Omnibus release, Thomson's door-stopper of a book - 447 pages - is the first Harrison bio I've read.

Thomson's book takes Harrison from his Liverpool youth through the madness of Beatlemania and subsequent career as a solo artist, concert producer, film producer, reclusive gardener to his death from cancer in November 2001. Though the book hits all the biographical marks, it concentrates heavily on Harrison's spiritual life and his conflicted search for meaning.

To be honest, I found GEORGE HARRISON hard slogging. GH was a complicated, contradictory individual who experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows life has to offer so you have to give him credit for just surviving. Yet, his Krishna connection, based on my reading of the book, didn't bring him peace and contentment; the book relating endless problems, squabbles, retreats from reality to his beloved garden, etc. And when you consider Thomson's 'faint praise' treatment of Harrison's music, what's left to enjoy or marvel at about the man and his music? In the end, you're left with the rather glum portrait of a filthy rich musician who wrote some ok songs but whose own character flaws kept him from realizing his goal of nirvana. Really!?!

While Thomson's book told me everything I could possibly want to know - and not want to know - about George Harrison, it was overall a joyless expose. Given the joy Harrison gave the world in his music, dry Liverpool witticisms and charity work, by book's end, you're saddened he never achieved his goal as espoused in the lyric: "Give me love, give me love, give me peace and earth..." Your call, folks.
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Ate it up... Going to read it ... 5 mars 2015
Par stephanie stryker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Ate it up...Going to read it again.....
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Some Interesting Details, But..... 24 février 2015
Par Saraswati - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I have admired George Harrison for a very long time. Although I was very young when the Beatles were popular during the 1960s, he was my favourite Beatle from the start. Being a deep-thinking, spiritually-oriented artist myself, I imagine I sensed the same in him even then.
I had looked forward to reading this book. However, I'm halfway through it and am finding that I am more than a bit frustrated with Mr. Thomson's treatment of his subject. Rather than being called the "Quiet Beatle", it seems to me that he should have been called the "Underappreciated Beatle". Unfortunately, Mr. Thomson seems to make the same mistake George's bandmates did. He should be given high praise for his perseverance alone, given his treatment by Lennon & McCartney.
And while George may have been a complicated individual (most creative people are) - not to mention an imperfect human being - I'm quickly growing tired of Mr. Thomson's snarky, snearing criticisms of almost everything about him. His characterization of George's spiritual journey as an escape from reality is particularly unfair. George's sincere beliefs were the foundation of his many acts of charity and kindness throughout his life. He has been an inspiration to me and many others. Most of us can only hope to accomplish as much good in our lifetimes.
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