- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (April 1 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423406095
- ISBN-13: 978-1423406099
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #473,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison Paperback – Apr 1 2006
Customers who bought this item also bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Simon Leng has enjoyed unprecedented access to band members and associates, and most importantly Carlos Santana himself, producing a gripping portrait of a World Music pioneer who is also one of the most distinctive and influential guitarists of all time.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I like the way Leng has documented in almost painstaking detail the music of George Harrison. The former Beatle did let his guitar do most of the talking; he was a phenomenal guitarist and a nonpareil lyricist. Leng does an extraordinary job of pulling together the persona of George Harrison together with his music; an almost yin-yang relationship at times based on this book.
Leng has done a good job of researching his material; Harrison's concert dates, tours and song reviews are provided. The former Beatle's affinity for Eastern religion/philosophy is duly noted in this work and how it molded him and his music. Many credit George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, the man who taught him how to play the sitar for merging Eastern and Western musical styles to create something unique and wonderful.
It is plain that Leng respects George Harrison, the man and the artist and those who played major roles in his life. This is truly an excellent work on the youngest Beatle that will leave readers thinking about him for a very long time.
Leng plainly respects the intelligence of his readers and his writing is clear, clean and crisp. There is no extraneous matter. Leng has a gift for piquing the interest and curiosity of readers. In reading this, one wants to know more about John Barham and the other people who influenced George Harrison. Leng's work is expansive; he excites interest and curiosity in an almost "ripple" effect form; each person named in his book "interlocks" in the way they influenced George Harrison. It is this approach that maintains readers' interest. Leng has researched his information well and his respect for George and the many people who influenced him and his art comes through plainly in this work. I like the way Leng accepts and acknowledges George, warts and all and the musical analysis he provides in this work.
The writing's on the wall - try some, buy some and please try and buy this book! This is a superior work!
The author's love for George's music is obvious from the beginning. Leng makes a strong case for Harrison's influence on the fusion of rock & world music, and proves to my mind that George was the most eclectic Beatle. Rock, jazz, English folk, country, slide blues, electronic, rockabilly, Caribbean, Latin, Polynesian, big band, classical, gospel, Indian, Far Eastern, funk and acoustic pop are all included among the Harrisongs.
As a reviewer pointed out, the only really disappointing aspect of this book is the non-inclusion of most of Brainwashed (Any Road & Run So Far are both given analysis, and some other songs are mentioned)...
This is the first book to do justice to George Harrison as an artist in his own right rather than just an ex-Beatle. Leng avoids regurgitating the usual music critic cliches about Harrison's work, instead taking a fresh look at all of Harrison's solo projects from "Wonderwall Music" to "Horse to the Water." He sometimes reaches surprising conclusions, such as pointing to "Sing One for the Lord," an obscure collaboration with Billy Preston, as a major Harrison work.
The only real flaw in this book is that it was obviously completed just prior to the release of "Brainwashed," which means that Harrison's last major work is not able to get the complete analysis that it deserves. But that's a minor quibble for what is easily the best book available about George Harrison's music. Highly recommended.
This is a very enjoyable book, and one could only wish Leng had been able to include material on Brainwashed and the Concert for George given in his honor at Albert Hall. The inclusion of drawings by George's longtime friend and fellow musician Klaus Voorman are a wonderful addition. Read this work near your stereo, and have ready George's "I, Me, Mine" for additional reference.
Want to see more reviews on this item?
Most recent customer reviews