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Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover]

Pattie Boyd , Penny Junor
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Aug. 28 2007
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.

For the 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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"[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

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.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Wonderful Tonight Dec 7 2007
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Boy, where to start! Ms Boyd really doesn't have much to add to the George Harrison or Eric Clapton stories. Way too much info on her family background and growing up in Africa. Generally, the book is a stream of consciousness narrative that in places flits back and forth between time periods leaving the reader a bit confused. Her difficulty is that she has not done much with her life, aside from doing lunches, dinners, weekends away, homes and gardens, and 'find yourself' retreats. Unfortunately, she seems not to have found herself until the 21st century - a bit late. The main value of the book is its peek (without insight) into the drug and booze-adled life style of of the British '60s music, arts and fashion set(s) which seems to have continued on for decades. The book cannot compare in any way with Cynthia Lennon's 'John'.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Absent April 26 2008
I expected and hoped that Ms. Boyd's book would be full of self-insights, musings and reflections on an unusual life that included growing up in Kenya, boarding schools, parental abandonment, a teenaged high-fashion career, eastern spiritual revivalism, passion and marriages to a couple of 60's music gurus. There is none of that; there is just a mechanical recital of colourless recollections written under the rather embarrassing delusion that the musicians to whom she once played muse were still pining away for her vacuous presence in their lives.

Every word on the page is grim evidence to the contrary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much promise, does not deliver much July 31 2012
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Having been the lady behind "Something" and "Layla", whatever Ms Boyd has to show for it is doomed to score below the almost-boundless expectation one might have.

This book delivers its best content relating the time where both George and Eric were after Patti. The details of George's domestic conduct do not make for a comforting read.

Her childhood story, and everything after the Rainbow concert, seem less important in comparison, and fail to capture interest.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vapid, Shallow... Nov. 20 2007
I was greatly looking forward to reading this book, as I have always been fascinated with 60s/70s rock and pop culture. Pattie Boyd, married to two of the era's most iconic musicians, seemed to have an interesting tale to tell. Unfortunately, it's not found here. This is one of the worst autobiographies I have ever read. There's no chronological order and whatever insight she provides is terribly shallow with LOTS of name-dropping and insignificant details. It's also insulting to women...Pattie talks about how George Harrison closed her Harrod's account and she had to beg him to give her $5000 to buy Christmas presents and she also talks about she got bored with her Thames apartment and asked Eric Clapton to buy her a country cottage to use on the weekends. After he gives her a budget (of £300,000) she then has the gull to ask him to foot the repair/remodelling bill as well!!! Ugh...imo, Pattie came across as nothing more than brainless arm candy. She's not a sympathetic character, nor is she an interesting character apparently. Save your money.
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