Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison

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Macmillan, Jan 2, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Shrouded in a sea of mystery, the elusive George Harrison has long been the most private and enigmatic member of the Beatles. From his hard knock childhood in Liverpool to his ascendance into rock infamy, George Harrison's life has been a torpid ride filled with legendary success and heart crushing defeat.

New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro sheds new light on this paradoxical rocker, whose reputation for unusual religious practices and drug abuse often rivaled his musical notoriety.

A man whose desire was to be free rather than be famous, Harrison's battle against conformity lead him to music making, a soulful and creative expression that would be his ticket to success and the bane of his existence. Behind Sad Eyes is the compelling account of a man who gave the Beatles their lyrical playing style and brought solace to a generation during turbulent times.


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To dismiss a creative entity such as George Harrison simply by pointing to the same flaws that affect all human beings is both irrational and simplistic. Point to anyone's career from your mailman to Donald Trump, and you will find that people, regardless of their social status or financial position, lead hum drum lives that are only occasionally punctuated by great things.
George's life has been more than sufficiently punctuated by great contributions. His riffs in Beatles songs, and his splendid guitar style, and his vocal harmony are sufficient underpinning to substantiate him as a major innovator. His craftmanship as a songwriter is as good as any, and rivals that of the great Lennon/McCartney team. Look though any catalogue of any greast songwriter, and you will find the flops. George will not be ultimately judged by "Gone Troppo", just as Macca's greatness is noyt diminished by "Mary Had a Little Lamb", or Lennon by "The Luck of the Irish".
Biography like this and so many others prey on the humaness of a person like George, when after all, no superstar on earth is or can be any more that just human.

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Introduction Behind Sad Eyes
Get Your Ass Out of Here
Life During Wartime
When He was Fab
Losing It in Hamburg
Phony Beatlemania
A Hard Days Night
Time Out
In Sickness and in Health
The Big Comeback
Baby Youre a Rich Man
Black Is Black
Who Am I?
The Last Days
George Harrison Discography

Georges Blues
All Thing Must Pass

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Marc Shapiro has written over a dozen worksof non-fiction, with books on popular bands including Carlos Santana: Back on Top, Creed: From Zero to Platinum and The Story of The Eagles: The Long Run. He is also a rock journalist who has written for The Los Angeles Free Press, Words and Music, Hit Parade, Bam Magazine, Rock and Soul, Word Up, Faces, Gig and Creem.

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