Far from being "the quiet one," George Harrison was a writer and arranger of terrific power and beauty, and his guitar playing was fundamental to the Beatles' sound and success. Now fully revised and expanded, this new edition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison is the most comprehensive evaluation of George Harrison's musical career ever published.
Treating each of Harrison's songs with unprecedented analysis, author Simon Leng reveals Harrison's eclectic approach from teenage Nashville twang through Indian raga, psychedelia, gospel, soul, and pure pop and thoroughly defines Harrison's role in the Beatles. First-hand accounts of the Concert for Bangladesh and the making of All Things Must Pass take the reader deep into the most fertile and controversial periods of Harrison's long solo career that culminated with Brainwashed.
Enhanced with insights from key figures who worked closely with Harrison throughout his extraordinary career, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a remarkably stirring study and portrait of a great artist whose musical and spiritual quest changed the lives of millions of people around the world while redefining popular music and rock 'n' roll.
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Wonderful tribute to an underestimated musician
It is better than average
Too many to name
This is the best in-depth look at George Harrison's MUSIC-not his ex Beatle history- that Ive heard or read. Harrison's spiritual opus, All Things Must Pass is still relevant today, almost 45 years after it was recorded. Leng goes through every detail of ATMP, but he also follows Harrison into the 1990's and delves deeply into his more current tunes as well as his last concert. It is very evident that Leng is quite a Harrison fan. A great audio book for lovers of Harrison's music, wit and infinite compassion.
As an aside, one reviewer states that Leng is a horrible narrator. I disagree.
The author rolls back the long shadows cast by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and reveals George Harrison to be an artist and composer of the first rank.
When the author tips us off to some of George's lesser-known gems, including "Long, Long, Long," "The Inner Light," "Your Love is Forever," and "Deep Blue."
No, but he does a good job. He certainly knows his subject--and the music scene.
Few books about the Beatles accord Harrison the respect he deserves as a composer. Leng's book does so--and that makes it necessary and important.
For George Harrison fans, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is essential reading
- Conrad "I'm an avid audio book "reader," especially while walking my dog. As a result, he is the best informed Standard Poodle in West Seattle."