Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me
by Pattie Boyd with Penny Junor
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An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a 40-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 20th 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 20-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the music-making, and the weird and wonderful memories. It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began "dearest L" from Eric Clapton. For the first time, Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a woman who inspired Harrison's song "Something" and Clapton's anthem "Layla", gives us her story: rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking, and totally honest and open and breathtaking.
This book brought out a different side of two people I worshiped over the years, George and Eric. I love this woman. It was nice to see reality from someone who had to live with them. Rarely do you get that insight. A wedding song to me is as important as the vows. Wonderful Tonight was my wedding song twenty years ago and my wife and I STILL get up and dance to it no matter where we are when it comes on. It brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it. Now knowing the great lady behind this song, and her similarities to my own wife, makes it a million times more special. I am just sorry that George and Eric did not realize the GEM they had. I am sure they both did later in life! THANK YOU PATTY for sharing the good times and the bad times!!! You have gained a number one fan!
A nice complement to Clapton's book
I am currently reading Eric Clapton's autobiography and Pattie's book is the other side of their relationship. They match up amazingly well. When I can't read Clapton's book, I listen to Pattie. I'm a recovering alcoholic/addict, so I can relate to the drinking and drugging part, but not to their lifestyle. I grew up on all the music and musicians she and Clapton were involved with, so it's very relevant to my growing up.
Pattie Boyd inspires young artist, models, and imaginists
This book is absolutely wonderful. I love it; I bought it hardly twelve hours ago, and am totally UBSESSED. Its written with a sense of the 60s. Even though I'm a 90's baby, I feel like I'm there. The patchouli oil, the bright lights of London, the midst of colors, escstacy, and happiness of the 60s movement. The feeling of possability, the feeling where anything could happen. The potential of the day was endless, the sting of love at first sight shared with the reader. Thank you Pattie, thank you :)