I, Me, Mine

I, Me, Mine

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Originally published in 1980 and cherished by fans and collectors, I, Me, Mine is the closest we will come to George Harrisons autobiography. It is "a sly paradox of a title," to quote Derek Taylor, The Beatles spokesperson, "chosen by a man concerned for many years and for many reasons to send his ego packing...a book which tells a story of growing up, not necessarily the hard way, but certainly not the easy way." Featuring George Harrison in conversation with Taylor, it touches on everything from early Beatlemania to India and Ravi Shankar to his love of gardening. The lyrics to over 80 of his songs, many in his own hand, are accompanied by his uniquely intimate and humorous commentary. As well, 50 archival photographs of George with the Beatles and solo capture a journey of creative and spiritual transformation. Brimming with the wit, warmth, and grace that characterized his lyrics and his life, I, Me, Mine is a treasured portrait of George Harrison and his music.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2002
Edition: 1st Chronicle Books LLC ed. --
ISBN: 9780811837934
0811837939
Branch Call Number: 782.42166/HAR 4565 1

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JCLBryanV Jul 17, 2017

The lyrics are what they are. George Harrison was never a mumbler, so there was never a great mystery about what he was singing. This book's main attraction are the handwritten drafts, shown in facsimile. You get a very slight glimpse into Harrison's creative process. This updated version of his 1980 sort-of autobiography is lovingly presented, as are the photographs. This thick volume should appeal to most George Harrison fans.

this was first published as a limited edition of 500, leather bound and expensive! good thing that this good book has lasted, and been published less expensively, so that libraries can afford it. John Lennon was a bit peeved at it, as he's not mentioned. 'I'd like to think I had something to do with George's success, but I'm nowhere to be found!' Good point. It is quite interesting in the realm of creativity and the art of songwriting. George endeavors to recall the beginning and the coming to fruition of every song he had to that point published. For instance, the pages he devotes to IF I NEEDED SOMEONE: how easily and fortuitously he came up with the guitar riff for it. And then, of course , there is the by now well known story of the birthing of HERE COMES THE SUN. Lesser known is the origin of the lesser known song, Badge, and the origin of its title (a hint: both had something to do with Eric Clapton)..about that lennon problem: perhaps George felt that John already knew how highly he was regarded in the Harrison household. As John has said, Anyroads.

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KerrAvon
Aug 18, 2011

A fun read, full of interesting information on his songs! The opening biographical section is, however, too short (but what IS there is great!) Check it out Dark Horse fans!

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