George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
On Sale: August 28, 2007
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An iconic figure of the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a
forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells
the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most
addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth
century and became the most famous muse in the history of
rock and roll.
She met the Beatles in 1964 when she
was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day’s Night. Ten
days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For
twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an
unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into
the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger,
Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who’s who of rock
musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the
friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird
and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia
and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with
her husband, George.
It was a sweet, turbulent life,
but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a
simple note that began “dearest l.”
I read it
quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get
fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it
until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric
[Clapton]. “Did you get my letter?”... And then the penny
dropped. “Was that from you?” I said....It was the most
passionate letter anyone had ever written me.
first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison
and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized
the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired
Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,”
has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and
heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking.
Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story
you’ve been waiting for.
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