• While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  • The Music of George Harrison
  • By: Simon Leng
  • Narrated by: Simon Leng
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-26-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2006 Simon Leng (P)2014 Simon Leng
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4 out of 5 stars
By Conrad on 10-07-14

Essential Harrison

What did you love best about While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

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."

Have you listened to any of Simon Leng’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he does a good job. He certainly knows his subject--and the music scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

For George Harrison fans, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is essential reading

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nor'easter on 08-18-14

Wonderful tribute to an underestimated musician

Where does While My Guitar Gently Weeps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is better than average

What was one of the most memorable moments of While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

Too many to name

Have you listened to any of Simon Leng’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

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.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-12-14

Why oh why

Oh dear, I was so looking forward to this book, but why oh why did the author think it a good idea to narrate it himself? Listening to him attempt to read what I presume he has written, took me back to those school days when a classmate would falter and stammer over the grammar on the written page. Excruciatingly embarrassing for all concerned as is this narration. I am sure the book contains some interesting insights into George Harrison but I am afraid I'll pass on this audiobook and buy the printed version. I cannot bring myself to listen to the painful rendition past chapter five!

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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