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Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Aug 28 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (Aug. 28 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307393844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307393845
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.3 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By Geraldine TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 19 2016
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I was (and still am) a big fan of The Beatles. As a child, George was my "fav Beatle" (we all had one of those!!!) so I was eager to read this bio about his first wife, Pattie Boyd. It was unfortunately a big disappointment. I gave up about half-way through.

A lot of rambling on and on...about how the author was disappointed by George, again and again. A rather whiny tone throughout that got boring fast and in a big way. Quite a yawner IMO.

I guess if you are interested in reading about taking drugs like heroin and cocaine to combat loneliness and just plain boredom, while living the kind of "jet set" lifestyle that so many people actually dream of, this might appeal. Not for me though. I'll stay with my memories of The Beatles as they are, a group of lads from Liverpool that made it big and changed the world with their music. Good memories those still are, even though they may have been idealistic and not the full story, still better than this meandering story that fell well short of my expectations.
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If you are fans of The Beatles and or Cream or even just Patty Boyd, then this would be a great book to read. Pattie Boyd was there in the middle of the British pop scene explosion and inspired several hit songs, including Layla which was often sung to her on stage by Eric, although he may have been quite drunk at the time. After reading this book I went back and re-read Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric again and enjoyed it more than Pattie's recollections of this period in British Rock and Roll history.
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I found the book quite interesting also the strength of Harrison's wife dealing with drugs and Harrison's infidelity and being constantly in the limelight and always looking on the positive side of life, it was a well written book she stuck it out a strong lady for sure. Pete
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Was an interesting book. Only got 3 stars from me, as I found at times the writer (Pattie) jumped from story to story... and quite frankly I got lost, not knowing why one story followed from the previous one. I even tried to read back, thinking I must have missed a key point, but still ended up being a bit confused. This happened a few times through out the book.
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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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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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She has been with both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She has a very fascinating story to tell. This is a very good bio in the rock category.this book is now available on Kindle and is sold for 1.99. I could not buy it again and re read it now on the kindle format. Sometimes the author seems to come across as 'poor me' and it's hard to feel sympathy for her as she is jet setting around the world , on retreats in Peru etc. etc. the only real interesting parts of the story is the Beatles, George Harrison and Eric Clapton parts. After about 80% of the book it becomes a bit of a chore. But, she is an interesting and beautiful lady and, hey, I bought the book twice so I still give it a 5 star rating.
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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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