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George Harrison: Living in the Material World Hardcover – Sep 27 2011

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702204
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.2 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist. She has received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 Concert for George, which she organized to benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation in memory of her husband, George Harrison; and a UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award in recognition of her family’s assistance to the children of Bangladesh. Mark Holborn is a distinguished editor of illustrated books, who has worked with numerous photographers and artists, from Annie Leibovitz to Lucian Freud.


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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 11 2011
Format: Hardcover
"I want to tell you, my head is filled with things to say." -- George Harrison, 1966

This is without a doubt the most beautiful and longest awaited biography of George Harrison to date!

As soon as this book became available, I ordered it immediately if not even sooner. I loved the previously unpublished photographs, such as that of 2-year-old George in the arms of his sister, Louise, then nearly 14. I had to smile at tween George sunning himself with family friends, father Harold Sr. and brother Peter, in or about 1954. I especially loved the picture of Louise and Harold Sr. at a dance in the late 1940s, a loving couple who literally welcomed George with love.

It was such a treat to read about various Harrison family members. It is plain and has been well documented that George was not only created by love, but was literally born into love. From 1965-1969, Louise Harrison lent her voice to a column in a newsletter in a fan club newsletter honoring her son.

Postcards George had written various friends and family members; sketches from his school workbooks all paint young George Harrison into sharper focus. As a bonus treat, readers enjoy the inclusion of quotes by various family members, such as George's sisters-in-law, brothers, fellow Beatles and sundry friends.

I have long thought George and Paul were the most interesting of the Beatles. George's love for Eastern music and his life-long bond with Ravi Shankar, whom he met in 1965 is beautifully chronicled in this book. George's home Friar Park is included, from its "evolution" to its finished state, metaphoric in that it parallels George's "evolution" to that of gardener, a passion he inherited from both Harold Sr. and Louise.
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Format: Hardcover
J'ai acheté ce livre par curiosité et pour en connaitre plus sur George Harrison. J'adore sa musique tant avec les Beatles qu'en solo. Ce livre nous fait mieux connaitre le personnage et sa vie, des photos inédites. Je le recommande.
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This is a new book so there were not many reviews available to make an informed decision. I expected lots of pics and the like, but not amounting to over 90% of the content. There are many full pages that are otherwise blank but for a few words captioning the photo on the next page. I perhaps naively expected an Anthology type history of Harrison and his work, and if that is what you are looking for, skip this book in favour of the DVD which I do recommend.
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Again, purchased this for my husband for his birthday in April and I am sure will love it. He loves the Beatles together and as seperate people as well.
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