Sunday, February 3, 2008

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me by Patti Boyd (Another Review)

I finished the Pattie Boyd book to complete the 70s guitarist trilogy. I read Clapton by Eric Clapton, Ronnie by Ronnie Wood and now Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me by Pattie Boyd. All three of these books tell the same story from a different prospective. In most cases the overlaps confirm each story.

After reading the the Clapton and Wood books I was sure that I would want to read the Pattie Boyd book. I was a little skeptical at first. In fact I put the book back at least once before I finally purchased it. I have to say that was rewarded for my faith since I found Wonderful Tonight to be the best read out of all of the books.

Ms. Boyd's childhood plays a big part in the adult that she became and the first couple of chapters deal with life in both England and Africa. Even though I wanted to read about George Harrison, Eric Clapton and all of the other musicians that Ms. Boyd befriended the story of her childhood is interesting and worth the read. Obviously it was important to address the home life that caused Ms. Boyd to want to be on her own as soon as possible which contributed to meeting George Harrison at an early age.

While the story is a little slow at first it really starts to steamroll once Pattie Boyd meets the Beatles on the set of A Hard Day's Night. Life with George Harrison is just a prelude to the turbulent Eric Clapton years. This is the story of Layla and is the one that most music fans are probably familiar with.
I was not sure what to expect from this book but I was pleasantly surprised. It is well written and organized. I really enjoyed it and may even read it a second time.

1 comment:

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