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Best George Harrison Biography?
16 December 2012
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So I picked up guitar a few months ago as part of a personal project I have to do for school (Which is going very well, by the way), and I decided George Harrison would drive my project. Anyways, I want to find out more about him than what is on wikipedia, and I want to know what everyone thinks is the best biography about him. It needs to talk about how he learned guitar and about personal things (I need to make personal connections). Thanks in advance!

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16 December 2012
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Well, I haven’t read it, but George wrote an autobiography called I Me Mine . This is probably your best bet for personal things.

EDIT: I read a review, but it was written by some random person, so I don’t know if it’s 100% correct. According to the review, most of the written part is about George’s childhood, hardly any of it is about his time as a Beatle, and most of the book is pictures and song lyrics. I don’t know if this is true; again, I didn’t read the book. 

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16 December 2012
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Thanks, I was looking at it. Looks like I’ll pick it up, seeing as that it has all the personal stuff I need a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I’ve read the book. If what you’re looking for is info about the Beatle days then it’s not the right one for you. He talks mostly about his other hobbies (gardening, F1 etc.).  Have you watched Living In The Material World ? There’s a lot of info on there, very well-constructed documentary, oh and there’s a book to go with it too tho I haven’t read it.

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16 December 2012
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I read the Living in the Material World book, and there isn’t much of a difference from the movie. I like the book because of the pictures, and my favorite part of the movie is when George is watching the Beatles sing “This Boy ” many years later. If you’re still looking for books, I would suggest Harrison by the editors of Rolling Stone (It was released in 2002).

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17 December 2012
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I have never read a George Harrison biography. the Living In The Material World book isn’t much of a biography, it’s more the kind of book you get just to look at the pictures and maybe occasionally read a few pages. I think The Beatles Anthology is the way to go. It has a few pages (it’s a big book) of George’s childhood, and the book is all quotes, which is pretty cool. When I do something on The Beatles in school, I always use The Beatles Anthology for quotes because it’s so easy to find them.

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17 December 2012
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Yeah well anyway whichever book is the best, it’s not the one he wrote. Really, most of the book just consists of his handwritten lyrics and a few words to say about them; almost nothing personal is mentioned in the book. And why Dhani isn’t even mentioned in the book, I have no idea. But John shouldn’t have felt bad about not really being mentioned in the book; George doesn’t really single anyone out except for Ravi Shankar ( which comes as no surprise to anyone)

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I didn’t realise that about Dhani. I had to check his DOB (1978) to see if he was actually older than the book. He is. How odd.

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It’s always irked me that there hasn’t been a good quality indepth biography of George as there has with John and Paul. George was integral to The Beatles success, and his solo career is very new worthy. 

I Me Mine is good and interesting for George’s insights.

Living In The Material World is also very good. 

Here Comes The Sun by Joshua M. Greene is patchy. It’s primarily about George’s spiritual quest, but is isn’t as indepth as it could have been and there are errors, mostly with dates of when things happened. 

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I Me Mine and Material World are some of coolest books out there, particularly because of the photos of George and the Photos of George’s original manuscripts from I Me Mine . Neither are true biographies in the way the Norman Lennon book and the Miles McCartney are. George deserves one that’s for sure, as he’s mentioned in just about every rock bio out there, whether it be with Delaney and Bonnie, the London scene, or whatever, every Rock Legend wants to mention the time they hung out, jammed with, or even better dropped acid with George Harrison . I’m curious how his estate would handle approaching a full length George bio and what kind of personal details would be allowed to be revealed. 

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There is Graeme Thomson’s 2013 George Harrison : Behind the Locked Door, a 450-ish-page proper biography of which Record Collector magazine said:

Thomson delves deep into the Harrison psyche as the musician explored spirituality, expanded his portfolio to include film production and, to all intents and purposes, invented the notion of the all-star charity fundraiser with his Concert For Bangladesh.

Harrison’s story is told in rich detail by an eloquent writer known for his dogged research (his biographies of Kate Bush, Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello are also highly recommended): from the shy “baby” of the Beatles to the driven figure of later years, still hampered by personal and professional insecurities. Few books about any of the individual Fabs have been as successful in painting such an intimate portrait of an artist riddled with contradictions as he followed his hunger and curiosity.

I greatly enjoyed it.

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Ron Nasty said
There is Graeme Thomson’s 2013 George Harrison : Behind the Locked Door, a 450-ish-page proper biography of which Record Collector magazine said:

Thomson delves deep into the Harrison psyche as the musician explored spirituality, expanded his portfolio to include film production and, to all intents and purposes, invented the notion of the all-star charity fundraiser with his Concert For Bangladesh.

Harrison’s story is told in rich detail by an eloquent writer known for his dogged research (his biographies of Kate Bush, Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello are also highly recommended): from the shy “baby” of the Beatles to the driven figure of later years, still hampered by personal and professional insecurities. Few books about any of the individual Fabs have been as successful in painting such an intimate portrait of an artist riddled with contradictions as he followed his hunger and curiosity.

I greatly enjoyed it.

  

I didn’t not enjoy it, but I’m always a bit disappointed when the subject of a biography is twenty-one by page 15…

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I’d agree that is the major flaw in the book, @Tony Japanese.

I would guess the author’s assumption was that people reading a GH biography would have read a Beatles biography and have a fair idea of George’s childhood, and that unlike the others George did have a relatively untroubled childhood with a stable family who encouraged his ambitions, which makes it a less interesting childhood to spend too much time on.

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