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I Me Mine by George Harrison
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mjb
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13 March 2010 - 12.39pm

I've just taken delivery of this book.........many, many years too late I think! At least I can afford it now, which was not the case when it was first released!

 

It's very interesting to read his comments on each song he wrote. More later..........

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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13 March 2010 - 1.51pm

Do let us know what you think. I read it about 15 years ago, but apart from the handwritten lyrics and nice illustrations I can only recall that it wasn't very well written. George really could have done with a good copy editor a-hard-days-night-george-5

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Joe said:

Do let us know what you think. I read it about 15 years ago, but apart from the handwritten lyrics and nice illustrations I can only recall that it wasn't very well written. George really could have done with a good copy editor a-hard-days-night-george-5


Finished! Yep, got to agree with you Joe. What George did say was interesting, but it wasn't long enough.

His quotes on his songs were good to read - what they were about, how he wrote them.

 

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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28 July 2010 - 9.04pm

I'm reading through this right now. It's kind of calming when compared to the last book I read. I'm passed the bio and the pictures. The pictures should have had his comments as footnotes rather than hiding them in the back. The bio is... strange. If it had been the first of a monthly series, Deep Thoughts by George Harrison, it would have made sense, but it's kind of thin for an autobiography. I had to laugh at John feeling snubed - unless it involved Indian music, gardening, or race cars, he didn't spend a lot of time on it. Including important former bandmates and wives!

But on to the songs. He made an interesting point on I Want To Tell You, that if he were to rewrite the bridge, he would change it to,

"Although I seem to act unkind

It isn't me - it is my mind -

That is confusing things"

which I agree makes more sense. So I have two questions:

  1. Do you agree?
  2. Would it be possible to swap the words around without messing up the sound?

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

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28 July 2010 - 9.18pm

Answers -

1) Versus "It's only me, it's not my mind" - It does make more sense.

2) When you say swap the words around without messing up the sound, you mean on the master recordings? If that's the case, I would say I hope not. I don't want to have to buy another version of Revolver! Like Tommy Lee Jones said in Men in Black - "looks like I'll have to buy the White Album again."

Either way, I'd have preferred his rewrite - that's the way I'll be singing it from now on.

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28 July 2010 - 11.07pm

I don't mean officially changing it - just as an experiment.

Ha. That line means something to me now.

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

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29 July 2010 - 4.25am

skye said:

I don't mean officially changing it - just as an experiment.

Ha. That line means something to me now.


 

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Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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29 July 2010 - 11.58am

*Still off topic.*

Thank you! I made it myself. a-hard-days-night-john-1 I read one thing, and I hate her. And then I can read something else five minutes later And I Love Her! Either way, she's one of a kind.

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

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29 July 2010 - 4.15pm

Zig said:

Answers –

1) Versus "It's only me, it's not my mind" – It does make more sense.

2) When you say swap the words around without messing up the sound, you mean on the master recordings? If that's the case, I would say I hope not. I don't want to have to buy another version of Revolver! Like Tommy Lee Jones said in Men in Black – "looks like I'll have to buy the White Album again."

Either way, I'd have preferred his rewrite – that's the way I'll be singing it from now on.


 

a-hard-days-night-john-7 Man. I didn't remember that line!! Another excuse to watch Men In Black. a-hard-days-night-george-9

 

To be in topic... I'm kind of interested of reading this book, but I guess I'll get first some Beatles books.

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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MeanMrsMustard
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29 July 2010 - 8.30pm

skye said:

*Still off topic.*

Thank you! I made it myself. a-hard-days-night-john-1 I read one thing, and I hate her. And then I can read something else five minutes later And I Love Her! Either way, she's one of a kind.


 

Paul has said that Yoko is just more determined to be herself than most people.

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

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4 December 2010 - 12.41am

I like the book.

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4 December 2010 - 12.59am

I have to agree, it is a little thin, and it is completely mind-boggling as to why John felt snubbed in the book, unless he was hoping for an entire section or something. I'd like for someone to write a good one. I'd read Dark Horse a while ago, but then heard many negative things about it.

The pictures in I Me Mine were great. Wasn't there one captioned "George eating a cheese sandwich," and it was something completely different?

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24 June 2014 - 8.07am

On order from the local library system.  Should start on it next month.

“Send John out first; he’s the one they want.”

~ someone said it, dammit.

Memphis, 1966

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5 July 2014 - 2.11am

mjb said
I've just taken delivery of this book.........many, many years too late I think! At least I can afford it now, which was not the case when it was first released!

 

It's very interesting to read his comments on each song he wrote. More later..........

Yeah I bought a later edition about 1981 or so, it's good for what it is. I bought the JIMMY PAGE book and have the same attitude.

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C.R.A.
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1 August 2014 - 12.06am

Thin?  I finished it in 4 days and I'm not exactly a voracious reader.  But it's a George Harrison bio and it's probably what you should expect from the late Mr. Harrison; vague, acerbic and heavy the on the spirituality.

“Send John out first; he’s the one they want.”

~ someone said it, dammit.

Memphis, 1966

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6 June 2015 - 7.38pm

I enjoyed it very much. The anecdotes about the madness of Beatlemania and learning the sitar are great. George has a very nice way of saying things. Derek Taylor's contributions are interesting as well. And the brief song explanations are insightful.

 

Short but sweet. I think it's cool that he only related a little bit when he had, undoubtedly, potentially thousands and thousands of pages worth of material. Better to say too little than too much.

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7 June 2015 - 7.18am

Never read it, but the song itself "I Me Mine" is pretty damn good.  Especially that keyboardish/guitar intro! Swaaaeeeeeet! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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20 July 2016 - 8.43am

There is an expanded edition of this book coming out in October.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1905662408/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I'm not sure if it's the same as this one, but this one costs a lot more (and has more pages), so I'm assuming this is the deluxe expanded edition:

 

http://www.genesis-publication.....ition/0507

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20 July 2016 - 12.27pm

How can they expanded it; George isn't able to add anything new? 

'I Me Mine - The Extended Edition' presents the lyrics to 141 George Harrison songs, with handwritten lyrics beautifully reproduced in facsimile, accompanied by Harrison's uniquely intimate and humorous commentary. This edition has been expanded to include 59 new songs; as well as tracks written for The Beatles, it also contains lyrics from Harrison's solo career, including his albums 'All Things Must Pass' and 'Brainwashed'.

'I Me Mine - The Extended Edition' presents for the first time a complete compendium of Harrison's musical career and his writing. With written contributions from Olivia Harrison and Derek Taylor, original cover art by Shepard Fairey, and a wealth of previously unpublished material, the new edition of 'I Me Mine - The Extended Edition' is a treasured portrait of George Harrison and his music.

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20 July 2016 - 1.19pm

I almost bought a used copy of this a few weeks ago, and as I was comparing prices online I saw this new one was being released...I'll be buying this. May as well get the one with more material, right?

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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