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by Marc Shapiro

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.
Download Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison epub
ISBN: 031230109X
ISBN13: 978-0312301095
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Marc Shapiro
Language: English
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (May 3, 2002)
Pages: 262 pages
ePUB size: 1525 kb
FB2 size: 1995 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 319
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This is one of the worst Beatle books I've ever read.
The inaccuracies are shameless.
The writing is poor and spotted with grammatical errors.
The vision is superficial and doesn't ad one bit to the Beatles story.
It is incredible that there is not one good biography of George Harrison.
Unfortunately I bought this without waiting for the Beatlefan review of the book. I could have saved the money.
If you are a Hard Beatle fan looking for something new and fresh, I recommend buying Beatles Gear here...
this bio was an easy read on george. disappointed that it did not cover more on his days with the beatles, the songs he performed with the beatles & the music he wrote while a beatle. otherwise it was a good read for beatle fans.
It is an easy read, written in a style that is easy to follow , It seems to be fairly accurate .
First, this is an unauthorized biography, so most of this book has the words 'reportedly' and 'supposedly' and 'it is possible' - Okay - so, a guy read a book or two on George Harrison and then wrote one himself, to capitalize on the ex-Beatle?

I cannot take any information in this book seriously, as the author is CONSTANTLY saying that this 'reportedly' happened, or hypothesis of what George may have thought or felt - I mean, this is so poorly done, I would not recommend this to anyone. At least with Wikipedia you give sources for your information.

The photos are from Public domain, so nothing new there, the stories have all been told before, with the author's feelings about what was going through George Harrison's mind - I know what wasn't going through his mind - George Harrison never thought, "I hope that some hack writer some day decides that my life is worth him rehashing in a half a** way to make money for himself off my name."
This is an extremely badly-written book. It abounds with errors in grammar, orthography (even when it comes to proper names, such as how George's second wife is twice referred to as "Olvia"), and punctuation. It also jumps around with the timeframe a few times; a nonlinear narrative can work wonderfully in a work of fiction, but not in a biography! Mr. Shapiro also gets George's age wrong a couple of times (such as stating that he became a father at 38, when he was actually 35) and seems to think that "Norwegian Wood" was on 'Revolver' (which he claims was released in 1965!). It's also news to me that John had a solo album called 'Primal Screams.'

Above all, this book just lacks depth in the extreme. George's years as a Beatle are run through at near-lightning speed, and though there is some more detail in the chapters about his solo years, that material too just never goes very deep. For example, a lot is made of George's belief in Krishna and Hinduism, yet this faith path is never really defined, even at a very basic level. Mr. Shapiro also doesn't have a lot of great things to say about his solo records, as though he only ever had a couple of albums worth anything. I failed to get any sense that Mr. Shapiro had any real passion for his subject. It reads more like a term paper from someone with very limited writing skills. I could have written a more interesting and detailed bio on George when I was in my first years of fandom in my early teens! It mostly reads like a brief career bio, failing to convey any real sense of who George was as a person, what made him tick, without an analysis of his life, personality, and career. I also wouldn't trust any book that lists, in the bibliography, the trashy so-called bios 'Dark Horse' by Geoffrey Giuliano and 'The Lives of John Lennon' by Albert Goldman. That's like admitting you got some of your 'information' from a tabloid! It just speaks volumes that he conducted exactly one interview, with musician Delaney Bramlett. Even the picture section wasn't nearly big enough. Only 11 photos?! And to top it off, the title is just bizarre, and Mr. Shapiro never even proves his supposed point, that George was a sad person. Oh yeah, and there isn't even an index.

My two-star rating is based only on the fact that this is a very quick read, isn't too boring, and does convey the basic facts (even if longtime fans have heard all of this stuff many, many times before and don't learn much of anything new). It also at least isn't sensationalistic or sleazy like the trash written by Goldman or Giuliano. The detailed discography is also a nice touch (though that too has problems with grammar, punctuation, and orthography). One can't help but wonder if this quicky bio was put out so soon after George's untimely passing to cash in on his death. If so, it certainly shows. It couldn't possibly have taken that long for this excuse of a bio to have been written. It gets a big thumbs-down from me, and I wouldn't recommend it to any of my fellow Beatlemaniacs. My second-favorite Beatle deserved a much more thorough and respectful biographical treatment of his life, and this sure wasn't it.
Thank heavens I checked this book out of our library before I wasted my money. I probably could have written a better book about George Harrison. Even though the author admitted that no interviews were conducted by any remaining Beatles, it is my belief that if you write a biography about someone, you'd better darn well check your "facts" (and I use the word losely) before committing it to print, or just save it for the gossip rags! Example: Shapiro's account of George finding out about John Lennon's death; I got the feeling Shapiro wanted to make this sad incident more dramatic or mystical or something. Every other account I've ever read has said that George's wife Olivia received a phone call and had to break the news to George. Shapiro's account states that Harrison had a strange foreboding or some other such nonsense. Another example of "poetic license" was Shapiro's recounting of George and Olivia's meeting: Shapiro says that George is so paranoid about people's intentions that he has Olivia "checked out," in other words, INVESTIGATED. This is nonsense. Having spoken on the phone with Olivia, he was having her checked out (what does she look like?) by a friend, much like a smitten teenager. Olivia Harrison herself has retold their meeting in an interview, saying, "He was flirting!"
Besides the factual errors, I found editing errors, which is pretty awful for a legitimately published book: as I was reading I double-checked to see if this was a "vanity press" book! Yiiikes!
All of this aside, it is obvious that Shapiro really didn't have a feeling at all for George Harrison's personality, only the preconceived NOTION of it. By all other accounts, Harrison was a witty, multi-faceted man who packed a whole lot of living into his short life. If he was as dour and one-dimensional as Shapiro portrays him, there is no way he would have made as many friends from all over the world as he did, let alone be as loved by his them as he was. Shapiro should have interviewed them instead of concocting such a tale.