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Overall Rating: (3.02/5) View all reviews (total 43 reviews)
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A Q&A; with Pattie Boyd, Author ofWonderful TonightWhy are you writing the book now?I have been asked for the last 15 years to write a book, and it is only now that I feel the time is right. My confidence in myself was restored after two successful exhibitions of my photography, and it occurred to me that I was finally ready to take a look at the unique experiences of my life and to share them--including all the ups and downs.Tell us about the first time you met George Harrison.Working as a model, I occasionally went for castings, mainly for television commercials. I went for an interview with one of the directors I had worked with in the past, and he cast me in his first movie,A Hard Day’s Night, to play the part of a schoolgirl. When I first saw George on the set, I thought he was the best-looking man I’d ever seen. I was so surprised when he asked me out on a date at the end of my first day of filming.Tell us about the first time you heard George Harrison's song, "Something."George said he had written a song for me, and he played it on the guitar at home without the words. Then when I heard the song after it had been recorded I couldn’t believe how utterly beautiful it was. It was released on a single in October 1969, and I felt so thrilled and flattered.Tell us about the first time you heard Eric Clapton's "Layla."Eric invited me to his band's flat one day and played a rough recording of "Layla" on a cassette recorder. I was sitting on a sofa and he on the floor as it played, and he kept looking up at me for a reaction. I was stunned; the intensity, passion and tenderness came across so strongly--I knew, as he said, it was written for me.

Reviews

Can't Buy Me Love or Self Esteem

by
(3/5)

It's an OK book and satisifed my curiosity about Patty Boyd and her life with George Harrison and Eric Clapton. A Hunter Davis-quality book NOT. I'm amazed at her observation that being a beautiful model was not enough to hold her Men and that she didn't feel good about herself. The rest of us, when young, were envious of her presence with two outstanding musicians. But, hey, we're older and wiser now and this is celebrity and show business. To quote Frank Sinatra, "That's Life." Thank you for having the courage to tell your side of the view, Patty.


I liked it

by
(4/5)

As a former call girl myself, I could understand her mind-set back then with these two guys. Oh, she didn't do what I did, but she did go after the limelight with two famous, albeit drugged out or boozed out guys. I'd buy her book again, I really liked it. Good job, Pattie.Erica BlackAuthor of "The Call Girl Actress, Confessions of a Lesbian Escort"


needs more details!

by Anna "    "
(3/5)

Pattie's life is full of excitement! The swinging 60s with all the drugs & alcohol, how ditzy everyone was about them (addiction, ill side-effects: what are those?), marriage to 2 ridiculously talented musicians, modeling (pages of names of beautiful people, club owners, etc. Means absolutely nothing to anyone who wasn't THERE at that time), big family with too many issues...The most interesting pages, told in clearest way, are about her childhood & boarding schools. Then the dizzy carousel of the 60s spins in, followed by drugs/alcohol soaked 70s and makes you just as confusedThere is a good, interesting story! Its just buried under rather bland and "flat" way of being told.I understand she's been working out all these issues for years, but must her story read with all the excitement of a Medical Chart?Plus the timelines get jumbled: one chapter we're off to India with the Beatles, next chapter we're talking about vacations with Brian Epstein... huh?


Pattie has maintained her silence

by Anne Masterson
(2/5)

I am a huge fan of the Beatles and George Harrison and eagerly anticipated this book. It was not worth the wait. It is poorly written and glosses over all of the Beatle years for someone who saw them from the inside. There is nothing new to be learned here that one would not already know if they had read the Anthology, Shout or any of the other better known books on the Beatles. There are many egregious factual errors, such as when the Beatles stop touring (1967!?), that the Mahareshi made a pass at Mia Farrow, John writing a line in "I am the Walrus" in 1967 to insult someone for an event which took place in 1969, etc. People will be mentioned with no explanation as to who they are. A chapter may include one event for the year and then an entire year will go by with nothing at all - and these are years at the height of Beatlemania! 1966 is not mentioned at all except for George and Pattie's wedding. At least eighty percent of the photographs in the book I have seen before in at least one other source. I didn't not expect all the dirty laundry to be aired, but thought it would be fascinating to learn about life from inside the Beatles inner circle, not a retelling of what has been told in so many books before. As far as I am concerned, Pattie has maintained her silence, at least as far as life with the Beatles is concerned, as nothing new is culled here. I cannot speak for the Clapton fans, as I did not buy the book for that reason, and stop reading after Pattie left George as I purchased it for the Beatles story and could no longer stand to read any further.


A Great Example of Why We Shouldn't Worship Celebrities

by A. Reader
(1/5)

I could see being interested in someone who did something big with his or her life--overcoming adversity, healing the sick, discovering vaccines, but I can't understand why people are interested in a woman who modeled and married 2 musicians. It's not like she was a musician or did anything. Granted, I'm too young for the Beatles, but I could see being interested in one of the Beatles, but someone who just married one of them?The author spends a lot of time NOT taking responsibility for her actions. Eric "seduced" her away from George. What, was she born without free will or a spine? She gets upset when the police arrest the Beatles for drug use because it might influence their young listeners. Hey, here's an idea: if they were concerned about influencing their fans, how about not taking drugs????Whiny, long, and poorly written.


Where Was The Editor? - This book was a big dissapointment!!

by Barbara "barbara11td"
(1/5)

After seeing Eric Clapton on Larry King, and hearing Larry mention that Pattie Boyd wrote a book also, I decided I wanted to read her memoir first. What a total disappoinment! Granted, Pattie Boyd is not a writer and had Penny Junor assist, but in my opinion a fifth grader could have written a better book!Being a child of the 60s I was very interested in what she may say because I assumed her life would have been very exciting. However, her book does not seem to get to the point - she writes pages of nonsense and then jumps from one subject to the next with no continuity. And some of the remarks she makes about the wives of the other Beatles show what a large ego she has. But I could tolerate that if at least the book was interesting. Patti Boyd managed to do the impossible - she made a book about the life with a Beatle and Eric Clapton sound boring!!I lent it to a friend without telling her my thoughts and remarkably she felt the same way. Pattie Boyd would have been better off publishing her diary then this compilation of tidbits that seem to go nowhere.Sorry I wasted the money. Hopefully Eric's book will be better.


Something vs Layla

by Bradley F. Smith
(5/5)

Though panned as a bit dull on first appearance, I enjoyed this because it leaves no question unanswered. You find out why she left George for Eric and why she ultimately couldn't live with either. I'd say she had to wait to write this book so long because she was living in a house owned by Eric for years and he could have taken it back if he didn't care for what she wrote about him. When he finally signed it over to her, out came the book. Looking back, she thinks it was a mistake to dump George, who was unfaithful and had turned into a crank after he discovered India and meditation. But Eric was a drunk and a doper who didn't want her after he got her, wooing her with Layla and all kinds of other nonsense. Eric's new memoir basically agrees with Pattie's about why they broke up. She had a great life and this book makes it clear that she came out seemingly unscathed. Great pop history. Read it!


Meet Pattie Boyd-doormat of rock stars

by C. J. Cox "watches/reads and reviews"
(2/5)

Depressing pathetic story of a women with zero self esteem. Watch George Harrison and Eric Clapton walk all over her, cheat on her, do way too many drugs. Watch Pattie, participate and whine all along the way. However the absolute most pathetic and overly sugary part is when she explains herself as a "muse". She was just their drug/alcohol companion.Forget it...rather she's more the queen of enablers.The only good part of the book was the trip back to innocence of the mid '60's before the Beatles and the world became a mix of drugs and stupid self indulgence in the name of "love."


Almost as good as Marianne Faithfull's Autobiographie

by C. Mathieu "waldenpond88"
(4/5)

If you read "Faithfull", the excellent 1994 autobiography by Marianne Faithfull, you might enjoy Pattie Boyd's memoir as well.What I liked better about "Faithfull" was the fact that you REALLY get the feeling that you are experiencing the swinging sixties in London, something that no other author has accomplished for me.What I liked about Pattie Boyd's book was her gentle way of dealing with her relationships to George Harrison and Eric Clapton, two music legends. Of course after having finished "Wonderful Tonight", I had to read Eric Clapton's autobiography to hear his side of the story, but it did not fascinate me as much as "Faithfull" or "Wonderful Tonight". However, it is still a very readable autobiography and for sure 3 stars.


wonderful book

by College Reading
(4/5)

I may not have been alive in the sixties, but I am still a lover of music from that time. I want to learn all that I can about this time period and the music that fueled it.When I found this book in my English class, I had no clue who Pattie Boyd was, but I saw that George Harrison and Eric Clapton were in the title, so I gave it a shot. I didn't want to keep hogging my teacher's copy so I headed off to the bookstore and bought a copy for myself...and I am very glad that I did.This book was very informative and well written. I had never read a book written in this style before, so that made it more interesting for me. Although I didn't know almost any of the names I felt as if I grew to know who the people were throughout the book. I saw how Pattie grew and changed since it started at almost the beginning of her life it was amazing what she remembered in such great detail. The pictures in the middle were of course also a great treat because you could actually see the people.The information about George Harrison and Eric Clapton was of course one of the best parts of the book. It was interesting to see the true emotions of these great musicians rather than through a song. A love song can be written during a time of depression, and that's not the true emotion of the artist. She explained the feelings of both. We learned all about the trials and the rough spots that the musicians went through. We saw through different eyes. Since this book is a reminiscence we see the musicians through the eyes of someone who knew them. We don't see them as fans, we see them as people.


Wonderful tonight

by C. Sutherland
(3/5)

I enjoyed Ms. Boyd's story for the most part but I think that there was very little "meat" to her story. I agree with the other reviewers that most people probably bought this book hoping for insight into two of the greatest musicians in history and that really did't happen for me. The strength of this book was a look back into that time period from an interesting perspective.


BORING!!!

by ctwain
(2/5)

The way this book is written, all I can say is, WHO CARES?? It is like listening to some boring aunt tell a long winded story that doesn't even matter anymore.


the Other Perspective

by Cultural Groupie
(4/5)

I picked up Pattie's book because I had read Eric Clapton's autobiography & wanted to hear not just her side of their story, but a woman's perspective on that whole 60s/70s rock scene. Also, Pattie Boyd remained a classy lady throughout, not a wild child hooking up with tons of men or doing crazy amounts of drugs. Anyway, I liked her writing style and appreciate how she lays out there all the pain and hurt that goes along with loving crazy musical geniuses - as well as the fun & excitement she enjoyed. She comes across as incredibly sweet & thoughtful, and I really liked her story.


A Real Page Turner

by Desiree A. Goodwin "A. Librarian"
(5/5)

I have been a Beatles fan since the age of 13 and read many books about the lives of the Beatles. This was a refreshing and interesting perspective that I could only have appreciated as an adult. Her descriptions of the sounds, sights, and smells of the sixties are very vivid, and the story her personal evolution is very engaging as well. She was in the eye of the hurricane in the rock revolution. She is a person who took chances and made many choices a more cautious or prudent person might not have, but then she experienced many soul changing adventures she might not have had otherwise. She made the effort to recover from her mistakes and take the most positive view of her experiences both good and bad. She comes across as both vulnerable and strong.I could not put this book down and finished it in 3 days.


This is "something" to read

by Donna Di Giacomo
(5/5)

I'm usually not into reading autobiographies of the wives of rock musicians, but after leafing through the library copy of Pattie Boyd's book and finding myself glued to just about every word she wrote (in addition to the fact that I'm a major Beatles fan!), I couldn't help but check it out and promptly read it cover to cover.I can appreciate the fact that she stated at the onset that the events described within were just her take on things and that it wasn't meant to be a definitive record of anything. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the book wasn't a complete hatchet job on either George Harrison or Eric Clapton (although she sure didn't portray Clapton in a positive light - to say the least!), because I expect such a job whenever I see Penny Junor's name attached to anything (the same Penny Junor who can't quit writing about someone who's been dead for a decade {Princess Diana}, and spreading lies about that person - although she knows to put Diana's face on her books because she knows what sells).Anyway, as with Cynthia Lennon's book about John Lennon, Pattie Boyd offered another perspective that can simply be used to complete the picture of not only the Beatles, but of the 60s cultural revolution.The general tone of the book is like that of a friend revealing her deepest, darkest secrets, but who's holding out the best to tell off the record.I could identify with her being an outsider as a child. Although I did not have the exotic childhood she did (growing up in Kenya seemed fun), I could relate to many things she said throughout the book, and it made me feel better to know that here was one of the most beautiful people in the world, one of the most successful models of all time, and she had the same feelings I did, the same fears, the same insecurities.Personally, I feel (and she did, in hindsight) that she made a huge mistake in leaving George. It seemed to me as though the problems in their marriage could have been worked out and more communication was needed, but that wasn't something people did in those days, so when a marriage died, that was it and a divorce was inevitable. It was sad reading about the increasing disconnect between George and Patti after they moved into Friar Park.I do feel she should have never married Eric Clapton. While her unflattering portrayal of him hasn't changed my opinion of him as a musician, it seemed like one big nightmare living with him and being married to him. I simply didn't understand how he wanted her when she would leave, yet would treat her like crap when she was around, but I always wonder why women put up with that kind of treatment for any amount of time.I guess people who are hooked up with the rich and famous will put up with anything and everything in order to enjoy a lifestyle they've become "accustomed" to. Many times I wonder where their pride and self-respect are.But Pattie Boyd, in the end, regained her pride and self-respect and seems to be more balanced than ever before. It was refreshing to see her "find" herself (as the cliche goes) and not go from guy to guy in order to validate herself. She seems to me to be a very grounded person, despite the life she's had. She has had the privilege of traveling all over the world, growing up in and traveling to exotic places, and, as she stated, was married to two extraordinary musicians as well as being the inspiration for three of the greatest songs in pop music history ("Something," "Layla," and "Wonderful Tonight").This is one autobiography I thoroughly enjoy and recommend just to get another take on events in rock history. - Donna Di Giacomo


The Other Side of the Story

by Dr. Marc Axelrod "PM"
(4/5)

Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton, and she describes what life was like during those turbulent years. The first 60 pages of the book describes her childhood in Kenya, and then later in England.She was a struggling young model when she met George Harrison on the set of the film "Hard Day's Night." It was love at first sight. But George's propensity for drinking and drugs and women and obsessive religious chanting sank the marriage.But that was nothing compared to the years she spent with Eric Clapton, who could seemingly drink all day and all night. He was no slouch when it came to drugs, either.Pattie's identity was swallowed up by her huge rock god husbands, and it is only once she got away from them that she really started to appreciate and love herself.The book exposes the emptiness of the rock culture, and how unfulfilling life can be without a solid moral and ethical foundation to guide our lives. Pattie's biggest regret seems to be that she didn't try harder to work things out with George. In her words, she and Eric were passionate playmates, but she and George were soul mates.This is a good book to read once you've read Eric Clapton's biography because it fills in the gaps by presenting how she felt about his philandering and his cheating and his drinking.I should say that Pattie Boyd has led a very interesting life. But the parts of the book that cover her life before her marriages and her life after the marriages are not all that interesting. She seems to be a talented cook and a fair photographer, but she doesn't strike me as a particularly compelling person in her own right. Maybe that will change.For this reason, I felt led to give the book four stars rather than the five stars I gave Eric Clapton's book. But still, it's good to read both.


Beatles Fan

by E. Diamond
(4/5)

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, however, wish she would have spend more time discussing her life with George and the excitement of "Beatlemania". We all know Eric was a drunk, but less details on his drinking and more of her life with Harrison. Actually liked Cynthia Lennon's book "John" better. Now, if we only get a book from Jane Asher, but I would not hold my breath on that one. Of course, Maureen Starr is no longer with us. Wow, does this bring back lots of memories from the days of "Beatlemania".Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book and would recommend it.


Disappointing

by Film Fan
(2/5)

I couldn't wait for this book to be released. Like millions of others, I'm a die hard Beatles fan and always thought Pattie Boyd was lovely. But this book is disappointing. It seems jumbled and glosses over a lot of areas. There is too much detail about insignificant things and virtually nothing is said of her relationships with the other Beatles or their wives/girlfriends during her time with George. They are mostly just mentioned in passing. There isn't really anything new here that a Beatles fan wouldn't already know. The only thing that surprised me was all the jetting around people did when they got ticked off. Mad at someone? Take a trip somewhere and do some drugs. It's a wonder anyone survived.I enjoyed the pictures though. She and George made a handsome couple.


Pattie's life before, with, and after George Harrison & Eric Clapton

by F. Orion Pozo "Orion Pozo"
(4/5)

Pattie Boyd was a successful London model when she met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night, but most people today remember her for being George's wife, and later, Eric Clapton's. Her memories as a fashion model in the 1960s and with the Beatles provide a unique perspective and the core of this book. Her life with Eric Clapton and his struggle with alcoholism is an exciting but downward spiral which ends with her leaving and his eventual recovery. She lived with two of the most famous musicians of her time and her brush with romance and fame may be the big draw of the book. However, ultimately it is her own life that makes this book a success. She is not famous, but she has survived and developed a life of her own.


Being the Wife of Rock & Roll Legends is Depressing as Hell

by James R. Holland "Author, Photographer, Photo...
(3/5)

I can't recall when I've been so depressed reading about the lives of two of my favorite popular musicians. I'd never heard of Pattie Boyd. I woke up one morning to her giving an interview about her memoir to one of the local talk shows. Her wonderful British accent made her sound so distinguished and clever. While I didn't recognize her name, I quickly figured out she was talking about her marriages to songwriters and musicians George Harrison and Eric Clapton. That realization grabbed my attention and I immediately ordered her book to learn more.I'd recently read Andy Summers autobiography and loved how he was able to share the passion that had driven him and his music throughout his life. This book however was totally without passion and short on insights one would have expected. By the time I was nearing the end of it I didn't really care whether I finished it or not. But I did just in case there was more than I'd found so far. Pattie (being born on Saint Patrick's Day is the reason for her name) had finally matured enough through the pain of her marriages to begin to discover herself. What she was discovering doesn't say much for living with Rock & Roll Gods unless one occasionally gets enough pleasure and satisfaction from their reflected glory. Otherwise her life was a lonely life spent enabling and caring for spoiled men who had never grown up and were compulsive in every way. They were apt to substitute one form of obsession with another one in order to escape their own self-doubts and addictions. George Harrison, who Pattie married when they were both kids, was a very shy man who couldn't quite come to grips as to why he was famous. He felt there were lots of musicians and songwriters who were better and more deserving than he was. When his manager Brian Epstein died at age 32, he and the other Beatles were totally helpless because Brain had seen to their every whim, want and physical need as well as making them famous and rich. They were like children who had never had to grow up. The world revolved around them and they did nothing for themselves. Pattie and George lived in a twenty-five bedroom English Estate but took it for granted. George eventually seized on Eastern Religion to escape his demons but was soon back living in a cocaine fog. He would often mediate and chant for eight hours at a time and sometimes he would goes days doing nothing but chanting and fondling his prayer beads. He turned into an angry and frustrated man.Eric Clapton eventually seduced Pattie away from an inattentive George and he turned out to be alternating between heroin addition and alcoholism. Since I'm the same age as Pattie reading her book was like a nostalgic trip down memory lane. But while I was a simple observer she was a major player--the girl on the cover of the photographic book about beautiful women in England entitled "The Birds of Britain." And while normal people such as myself may dream of what it's like to be in Pattie's world, it turns out to be more of a nightmare. She was the muse of two of the greatest Rock & Rollers of all time, but she wasn't a part of their inner world. She was just a pretty face to have around. The book is ghost written but still lacks detail and the kind of insights one would expect. "Sex and Rock & Roll" may seem exciting to we outsiders, it isn't so for the main characters of the drama and their family and enablers. There were some very famous events such as the legendary Guitar Duel between George and Eric and the writing of the song "You look Wonderful Tonight" that were described in the sparsest and the most unsatisfying detail. It's like Pattie wasn't even there and was simply giving a second-hand account. Or perhaps she was simply too drunk or stoned to recall and share the wonderful details of those famous moments in the lives of those popular artists. There were zero insights about her husband's music. One also feels incredible pity for Pattie who was unable to have the children she so desired and who was married to two of the richest men on Earth and only managed to end up with a modest divorce settlement from either marriage. Eric had actually married her because of a bet for 10,000 pounds he'd made while drunk. She didn't find that until after the quickie marriage had taken place. Naturally she would have preferred to never learn that information.The book is disturbing depressing. As she wrote, the musicians she was around all the time never grew up. They were never criticized. They were just kept happy. To Hell with everyone else around them. They didn't care about anybody else or if they did, they weren't sober enough to realize it. This book is about Lost Souls. It's amazing they were able to create music that is so, so appealing.


The muse of Harrison and Clapton?

by Jessica J. Austin "Frogsy the book nerd"
(2/5)

I thought this book would be incredibly interesting and would provide some insight into the lives of two of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen. I thought it would be interesting to hear the story told of a woman who was an inspiration for some of the most beautiful music ever written. Alas, I agree with many other reviewers who say it felt more like a laundry list of what Pattie Boyd wore, the fabulous houses she lived in, the exciting parties she attended, the vast array of celebrities she rubbed elbows with. I was hoping for more discussion of George and Eric's friendship and how this love triangle developed and the strains it caused. Being more of a Beatles fan, I was hoping for a lot of interesting discussion about George, who, to me, is more of a mysterious figure than McCartney and Lennon are. Nothing.This book can be summed up in a few sentences. Pattie Boyd grew up with strained familial relationships. She married George, who was distant and cheated on her. She married Eric, who was a raging alcoholic and drug addict and cheated on her as well. She went to a bunch of parties and met a lot of fabulous 60's-70's icons. She got the shaft and we should feel sorry for her because Eric wouldn't give her the money to build an addition to her house. She takes pictures. The end.


Fascinating life story, poorly told

by Julia Flyte
(3/5)

Pattie Boyd was a successful model in the 1960s whose main claim to fame is that she was married to George Harrison and then Eric Clapton. Her autobiography is both easy to read and very interesting - particularly the first half when she is with George. The second half of the book gets increasingly disjointed as she and Eric lurch from one drunken episode to another.Pattie grew up in Kenya and went to boarding school. When she came home at the end of term, her father was gone and her mother introduced her to a stranger with the words "meet your new father". Not surprisingly, she went on to have unhappy relationships with all the men that she was involved with. She met George when she was given a small part in a Beatles movie and they immediately fell in love. She paints an intriguing portrait of life with the Beatles. Brian Epstein took control of all their affairs, so for example they would go on holiday and arrive having no idea where they were staying or what they'd be doing. Another time they all ate out in restaurant and no one had any money for the bill, as they had never had to pay before.As I read the book I got frustrated because Pattie never gives you much sense of what people were like. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were ever-present in the 60s, but there's no sense of what kind of people they are. She and George met Frank Sinatra: we learn that he drove a limo but not what they talked about. Joni Mitchell is described as "great fun" - why? I've no idea. Even the other Beatles are only described in very cursory ways: John's indifference to Cynthia and Paul's interest in business being dominant themes. And when Eric Clapton appears, it is near-impossible to say what Pattie ever saw in him, other than that he was interested in her when her ego was badly bruised by George's infidelities and religious obsession. I couldn't help feeling that a better co-writer might have drawn more out of her and not let her get away with such a topline account.The book jumps around all over the place and it's very hard to get a sense of when things actually happened. For example, at one stage she refers to an event being 3 years ago, when the dates that she gives mean that it could only have been 12 months earlier. So you are always trying to work out how different pieces fit together. At another stage Pattie refers to the fact that of course she is painfully shy - not something that has been evident up until that point. The book badly needed more structure.The epilogue is quite interesting. Pattie talks about the way that her childhood and modeling career ate away at her self-esteem and how she perceives that affected the choices that she made in her relationships. It would have been nice if she had put herself under more self-scrutiny throughout the book. There were all kinds of little things that I wanted to call her out on - the way that she said she would never have an affair with a married man but somehow it was okay to sleep with Eric Clapton when he was dating her sister. Or her belief that Eric's heroin addiction was "because of her" and that she should leave her husband because she owed Eric for the hell that he went through. It's an interesting book, but its flaws mean that it was only a three star read for me.


A survivor

by Kevin Killian
(4/5)

The book does sag once she gets herself free from Eric Clapton and after Conor's death. I admire her for taking no money from either of her husbands, and it's a shame she had to lapse into penury because of her pride, but it seems to have been a family curse. Was every member of her family addicted to drugs or alcohol? I don't blame them considering the way that they were brought up and the horrid stepfather Pattie suffered through who beat all the kids constantly and made them suffer for inane reasons. He was too young a man to be saddled with five kids, that is true, but now that the book is out I hope he is properly named and shamed and I hope small children throw balls of mud at him when he tries to walk by. In a way the book might have been two books, the first the story of a girl from a middle-class family plunged into poverty once her parents leave Africa. The second might be the story of how Pattie became a model and attracted the attention of George Harrison, so much so that he apparently asked her to marry him on their first date!Later he wrote "Something" for her, while Eric Clapton was writing "Bell Bottom Blues," "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight" and so many others. The book should have come with a soundtrack CD with it, with a bonus cut of "Jennifer Juniper" which Donovan wrote for poor Jenny, Pattie's younger and in some ways more besutiful sister. Pattie seems to envy Yoko as an example of a woman who had her own career, no matter how untalented many thought Yoko to be, for at least she had something to fall back on when times got hard or John cheated. As a model, Pattie suffered more than plainer girls, for reasons she is pretty much unable to make us believe. It seems bizarre that George would have cheated on her with Maureen Starr, whom I always liked, and I womder if there wasn't some misunderstanding. Maureen of course died far too young and isn't around to defend herself from these allegations, and I notice that (perhaps for legal reasons) Pattie stays mum about the much gossiped about affair (did they or didn't they?) between Yvonne Elliman and Eric Clapton, though she does throw in a picture of the two of them looking awfully chummy, like kittens in a bowl of cream. You don't have to be John van Neumann to add two and two together, you just have to read between the lines, like Beatle fans trying to decode the cryptic lyrics of the so-called White Album.


And then I met....

by kidsncatsndogs
(2/5)

Many have critiqued the quality of the writing here--I can only refer them to "Clapton", which makes "Wonderful Tonight" seem like great literature. (I read the two books consecutively, and am suffering some kind of bad-writing hangover.) Clearly, there is a crying need for decent ghost writers! As others have mentioned, Pattie Boyd's discussions of her early years are far more interesting than the subsequent laundry lists of whom she met, what she drank/smoked/snorted, and where she traveled. She is not an admirable woman--except for her short modeling career, she spent her life dabbling with cooking and photography while alternately carousing and bewailing her lousy choices in the men who kept her in a lavish lifestyle. Her lack of self-knowledge permeates the book, particularly in her repeated characterization of herself as agonizingly shy, while discussing her squadrons of close friends, hundreds of contacts in the fashion, music and art world, frantic socializing and endless party-giving! Pattie does name drop incessantly in the book, and unfortunately we don't get to know any of the huge variety of intriguing people that she has met over the years--we do, however, get to know their drinks and drugs of choice and whether they could tell a good story at a party. I never understood the fatal attraction of Pattie Boyd--she looked like a every other 60's big-eyed, pouty-faced, blonde model with an overbite, so I imagined there must be some fascinating person within. There's not.


A Wonderful Life, a boring book

by Ladyslott "Ladyslott"
(2/5)

What a huge disappointment this book was! Pattie Boyd was a 17 year old teenager, on her way to becoming a well known and in demand model (in the days before models were 'stars') when she met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night. She subsequently married George and eventually divorced him and married Eric Clapton. She was the inspiration for three of the best love songs ever written, "Something" by Harrison and both "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton. She lived through some of the most interesting times when London was the epicenter of everything happening in the '60's. So someone please tell me why her book was so damn boring???This book reveals nothing and name drops incessantly, names that may not mean anything to those who didn't grow up in the '60's. My shopping list is more entertaining than this book. Stories are told but there is no emotion connected to anything. She is aware of her husband's infidelities, yet never takes a stand against them; she just seems to float through life. Her marriage to Clapton was a nightmare, yet the stories she tells about this time are so cautiously retold that you get no sense of the torment she must have endured.Obviously there is/was something striking about this woman, yet nothing, but nothing comes across in this book. I was hoping to read something that might bring across the energy and a sense of the whirlwind she lived in, but it was an interesting story with little or no passion evident.


THE LONG, LONG ROAD TO FINDING HERSELF

by Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" "Rainy Days"
(3/5)

As a Beatles fan and a person who came of age during the sixties, I was eager to readWonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me. Prior to reading this tome, my knowledge of Pattie Boyd was almost nonexistent. I also realized how little I really knew about the lives behind the public images of the rockers she married: George Harrison...and later, Eric Clapton.In the early sections, Ms. Boyd chronicles growing up in Africa and also describes some of her feelings of abandonment when she was shipped off to various boarding schools. Her relationship--or lack thereof--with her father must have left a hole in her life that she sought to fill through her relationships with men in adulthood.Aside from the details of her life as a child, a model, and as the wife of these famous men, there wasn't a lot of Pattie's interior world that I learned from this book. I didn't get a strong sense of her identity. Some of her later reflections show that during her marriages, she did not have her own identity, and a strong sense of self was a major ingredient missing in her life.After the divorces, when she came into her own as a professional photographer and learned to stand alone more completely, I believe that she did finally discover who she is. And when she ponders the disasters that befell some of her friends, those who died of the "excesses of our time," she concludes:"I was lucky. I survived. I didn't have the addictive gene or I might have gone down with Eric. We might have drunk ourselves to death. But given my life over again, I wouldn't change anything. I love music. I loved everything that went with rock 'n' roll. I loved being at the heart of such creativity and being young in such a stimulating and exciting era. I have known some amazing people and had some unforgettable experiences."If the rest of us can look back at our lives and reach these kinds of conclusions, we, too, could consider ourselves lucky. While not terribly insightful, except for the occasional moments, this was a book I enjoyed. 3.5 stars.


Both Suffers and Benefits from Distance of Years

by Loves Books in MD
(3/5)

From the telling about her childhood to the conclusion, it's probably an understatement to say that Pattie Boyd has had an interesting life filled with creative, colorful and dysfunctional people and relationships. Anyone expecting this to be a juicy, tell-all book will be disappointed. With no disrespect, this book is more of a drink and tell than a kiss and tell.While interesting, the book didn't really captivate me as I'd expected. It seemed to be more of a recital of a sequence of periods in her life. At times it was difficult to follow, because in the telling of one story, scenes from another would be included - and the time sequence would inexplicably seem to go forward and then back again. It was almost as if the time that has elapsed and the number of memories has made them all blur or morph together. It's hard to say if Penny Junor did the best she could with the wealth of material or if Pattie Boyd's story might have fared better in the hands of another collaborative writer.There is no doubt there is much information that would have been fascinating and it is possible time and space just didn't allow. At times the book was descriptive, but overall the lack of detail and the emotional distance and exclusion of a description of how she FELT at the time made the book seem as if she had been an observer rather than a participant. So while the book may have gained from her present mature reflection following years of therapy, you got a stronger sense of how she views or feels about it NOW (from a distance of many years) than how she felt about it at the time. I felt this gave the book a less powerful impact.Pattie Boyd was a member of a circle of incredibly talented and influential legends within the music and fashion industries - but it doesn't seem as if she realized she'd earned or had a place there for herself. For those who have judged her harshly, I think it's important to remember that much of her story took place 30-40 years ago when times were far different than they are today.I felt the book was a bit distant and dispassionate overall, especially considering the drama of her love life. If she wished to respect the privacy of some of the living who were among her friends, the book still might have been more satisfying for the curious if she'd included more harmless reminiscenses like the one about Mick Jagger washing dishes the morning after a party - or more personal reflections of the wild and crazy times she lived in.


Sadly...

by L. P. Schneider "booklistener"
(1/5)

After seeing Pattie Boyd on TV doing promotional interviews for it, I was interested in reading her memoir. Sadly (as a multitude of sentences in the book begin), I was 100% disappointed. Other reviewers have pointed out the biggest flaws: very poorly written (her co-author might as well have let Pattie do it herself) and utterly superficial. Pattie comes off as lightweight, spoiled and relatively oblivious. This was not my impression of her in the TV interviews she did. At one point in the book she notes that George Harrison had trouble understanding the level of fame he'd achieved. She says he knew he was a talented musician but also felt that he'd been lucky. Pattie seems to have been given a similar fate - a very pretty girl who was also lucky. As to Eric Clapton, who knew he could have been a poster boy for the kind of obnoxious and disgusting behavior Jimmy Page and others were so well-known for at the time? Repulsive pretty much describes the Eric Clapton in this memoir.My advice: if you must read this book, save your $, go to the library - which is where I've donated my copy.


Oh, no, Don't DO it, girlfriend!

by Maria Beadnell "gotlips"
(4/5)

Did you ever have a friend telling you about a great, great, wonderful guy, and all you can do is hope she'll go home and think it over? That's this book.Pattie Boyd had looks, and for the time, drive. She was a successful model (she describes her sister Jenny, also a model, as "as good as I was, but not as ambitious") who had the misfortune to captivate not one but two of rock's greatest musicians. And here's where the "Don't DO it!" comes in. When she's describing the courtships and marriages, I not only can't see what she sees in either George or Eric, but want her to go home, call a therapist, and make sure she changes her phone number to an unlisted one. Both marriages end up being narcissistic, controlling, charming monsters breaking her spirit while she tries to figure out what the rules are THIS time.Other reviewers have criticized Boyd's (Junor's) inability to make the situations seem real and immediate, and the "hints" at abuse are also criticized. Uhm. REALLY? Anyone undergoing traumatic experiences is likely to have trouble recounting them, not wanting to be labelled a whiner or co-dependent, and Boyd's caution was a good idea, since in spite of this cautious writing style hideous name calling and victim blaming are seen in these reviews.If you didn't grow up in the sixties, BTW, you wouldn't have a clear idea of how women only __seemed__ to have choices. For the most part they were expected to choose a husband and make a life around what he did for a living. Pattie tried. She gave it a good, hard try. Twice. She makes it clear that she left Clapton, (who was abusive, an addict, and unfaithful) only when she felt she had no choice.Then again, there's a jarring disconnect between the conclusions she reaches and the ones the reader might: Being the gorgeous wife of a rock star, Boyd received her own fan mail (and hate mail). She got a letter from a creepy stalker, so weird she was discussing it with people. Then Eric Clapton said, "Did you get my letter?" --Immediately the letter went, in her brain, from creepy to romantic. (The letter was the basis for "Layla," which, if you dissect it, is a poem from a creepy obsessive stalker.) No, you wanna say, this doesn't mean that the creepy stalker isn't a weirdo--it means Eric IS the weirdo.The hero of this book seems to be Pattie's younger sister Jenny, who stood by her no matter what, and even when she was fighting her own demons. Boyd is aware of this, although not at the level the reader is. Boyd does not try to demonize her exes or canonize herself--she made her own choices largely through lack of self-esteem and because of the framework in which she lived, and seems to have made peace with her own story. Too much peace. After reading it I would have liked to have seen a little more righteous anger. She's entitled.The book didn't do what I hoped. While I did get a better idea of the woman who inspired beautiful music, it was a Faustian deal indeed to be the muse of these rock icons. I'd hoped the marriages grew apart, and they all lived happily ever after in their own lives, not that they all had to heal lives ripped apart by disfunction. Oh well. The real story is still a good read.


Too Little Too Late

by Mariane Matera
(2/5)

Pattie Boyd waited too late to tell her story. It's already been told many, many times in other people's books, and even though Boyd was an insider, she doesn't tell anything here only she would know or that is real news. Poor girl came from a dysfunctional family, so she didn't leave dysfunctional, emotionally abusive relationships until she had been walked over many times. In fact, she pretty much had to be kicked out of her bad relationships. The kind of abuse and manipulation she tolerated is crazy and gets tiresome. The first quarter of the book, before she meets George Harrison, is as tedious as most people's childhood memories are, and the last third, after she leaves Clapton and she's just traveling and hanging out is of no interest to anyone. Harrison was no prize, and Clapton is an abomination. If she was a muse, it was because of her amazing staying power despite their truly shoddy treatment of her. And in the end, neither kept her.As for the writing, she and her ghostwriter drop too many names that are of no interest to her readership, fail to stay in chronological order, and pretty much stay in the shallow end of the pool as far as revelations. It is 40 percent boring.


An interesting story, dully told.

by Marilyn M. "exlibrismarilyn"
(2/5)

Pattie Boyd definitely has a interesting story to tell: She was married to Beatle George Harrison AND guitarist Eric Clapton. Harrison and Clapton fought over her, some of the greatest love songs ever written were about her, she was a model, a swinging 60s girl, and had an exciting life. However, she retells the story quite poorly. Pattie constantly tells us that George was a kind, sweet, loving man, but she never tells us how he was. She portrays Eric as a jealous, vindictive creep, and I believe what she says about him, but she never tells us how he is. She also never makes it quite clear why she even left George in the first place. She states that it was his cheating with Maureen Starkey, yet at the exact same time, she was cheating on him with Eric. She should have gone into much more detail- give examples of conversations, of her thoughts on what her life was like at said time, and maybe just show us little moments between her and George, and her and Eric? I would have loved to read about when she realized she was in love with George, and about her 'passion' with Eric that, though is consistently brought up, is never gone into. I also felt she spoke rather condescendingly of other people, such as Cynthia Lennon, for example. The book wasn't that great and she never went into anything, so you really don't learn anything that you haven't read about before. You could watch the video of her and George's wedding, see interviews of George and Eric talking about her, biographies on George and Eric, ECT. You will get much more detail on her love triangle with some of England's most popular musicians.


Boring Tonight

by Nina Bennett "author of Forgotten Tears A Gra...
(3/5)

Pattie Boyd's account of her life with George Harrison and Eric Clapton is shallow and disappointing. Many times throughout the book she mentions a topic with profound implications, yet fails to explore either the situation or the emotional impact. She briefly mentions infertility treatment during her marriage to Harrison, but doesn't discuss how this affected her until we read of Clapton's fathering a child while married to Boyd. She details Clapton's prodigious drinking in a factual manner, leaving the reader guessing about the hurt and despair one would assume she felt. Her descriptions of her own drinking and drugging reveal little insight into the fact that Clapton's substance abuse did not occur in isolation.As a band chick from the 60s, I was hoping for a sense of the woman who inspired such magnificent music from two legendary figures. Boyd never goes beneath the surface, however, so I am still wondering what it felt like then and in retrospect, now, to be a musician's muse. Rarely do I get any sense from Boyd that either the music or the creative process of the musical icons enthralled her.


Mostly enjoyable, with very little ego

by Privacy, Please
(4/5)

Pattie Boyd was probably one of the most beautiful rock women during her 60s heyday. She snagged a Beatle after only one meeting on a movie set, inspired Clapton to create the anthem "Layla" and was the avowed idol of many a young girl. Yet her book, in contrast to some of the other "rock wife" and "rock groupie" books out there, is noticeably devoid of ego, or bitterness towards the famous men who let her down. At times she comes off as almost self-effacing to the degree that you'd just like to tell her, "Pattie! Wake up and realize you're awesome!"Even though I'd read many Beatles books in the past, I hadn't realized the degree to which Pattie was a cipher in those books. (By contrast, some of them contain Yoko Ono's entire life history pre-Lennon.) It turns out Pattie had a very interesting childhood, having been raised in a poor and somewhat dysfunctional family in Africa. Eventually, pre-teen Pattie moves to England and starts a modeling career just as the Beatles are hitting the big time. She meets George and has a fairy-tale romance ending in marriage. Unfortunately, George ends up cheating on her - with Ringo's wife Maureen of all people (I had also never heard this story before). When George isn't cheating he's distancing himself to concentrate on his meditation or inviting meditation groups to come live in his and Pattie's house. Living with this type of stress, it's easy to see why Pattie eventually succumbed to the repeated and persistent advances of George's friend Eric Clapton, who claimed that her initial rejection of him led him into years of heroin addiction.After Pattie marries Eric, his addictions and erratic behaviors disturb any peace she might have hoped for. This section of the book seems choppy and less complete than Pattie's recounting of her life with George, and you sense something else may be lurking below the surface of Eric and Pattie's troubled relationship. (It is rumored that she left his worst excesses, such as physical abuse, out of the book.) Eric seems not so much heartless as just not emotionally sensitive enough to have a decent relationship. For example, he fathers children outside the marriage even though Pattie has desperately tried, and failed, to have a child of her own and she is devastated by it. By the time the book gets to the end of the Pattie and Eric story, Pattie, for all her money and her exciting life, truly seems beaten down and victimized, emotionally if not also physically. It's hard to read this book along with Clapton's recent biography where he seems much less affected by the entire breakup and unremorseful for his extramarital affairs.The end of the book has Pattie getting her life together with the help of her friends, achieving some measure of inner peace, and dealing with the death of George, to whom she still feels a loving bond. By this point Pattie's life has become so rarified (jetting off to this and that exotic destination) that she seems removed from the mere mortals on earth, but her emotions still seem very human.The most interesting, fun and complete part of the book is the first half dealing with Pattie's early life, her modeling career and her marriage to George. The Eric sections seem very sad by comparison (as well as choppy) and I found myself really wishing, as Pattie also seems to wish at times, that she and George had gotten back together, or never broken up. My one major complaint with the book and its subject is that Pattie does seem very passive and at times like she has no life or motivation of her own - she just exists to bask in whatever love these powerful men might choose to dole out to her. Perhaps this is due to her having an unhappy childhood and then marrying one of the biggest rock stars in the world at a very young age, but I do hope she's able to grow a little bit more of an assertive spine.


Great Revisit to the 60s and 70s

by R. Spell "raspell"
(4/5)

Having just read the biography of Phil Spector and the girlfriend of Lindsey Buckingham, I'm beginning to see a pattern. Rock Stars are narcissistic creatures who do what they want when they want, don't like no for an answer and want to be waited on hand and foot. Oh, one more trend. There are plenty of people willing to do that from wives, girlfriends, managers and roadies.But this is a special book mainly because you are dealing with two very special musicians. Any Beatle is special and George appears to overall have been a special human being. Eric Clapton also has to go down in the Top 20 of musicians for his guitar playing and long history. Imagine what life is like to have been the inspiration of such classic songs, Layla, Wonderful Tonight, Something in the Way She Moves! Patty's life is very interesting although I wouldn't call it fascinating. She just happened to be at a place to view Pop History in the last half of the 20th Century and meet many of the people who influenced it, as well as partake in the drugs and drink that shaped it. In summary, George comes off as what the public saw: a quiet man with faults like others but a fairly even demeanor, a good chap. Eric, is passionate, but eventually cruel. It's often said that the ones you hurt the worst are the ones closest to you. That's the summary of this book. And Patty participates also by breaking hearts.I too am surprised by the harsh comments of her by some reviewers. She was a beautiful model who inspired men, maybe no more so than Clapton who pursued her from his friend when still married. I wish there had been more pictures of her to see the appeal. What she does an excellent job of is showing what is behind the public persona of these guys. What was it really like? A series of highs and lows but due to the fascinating people, the highs were much higher. Unfortunately, the lows were much lower. There seems to be a lot of criticism for not making this a "tell all" with a lot of dirt. It's very clear this is a caring human being who stills cares for both men and chooses to draw the line on some private matters.Now, to the criticism. Patty, thanks for the revisit to this fascinating period. But the book begins to read very slowly once she is through with George and Eric. Great, she went everywhere and met many people. There is no reason for this. We are interested in the George, Eric and Patty's recovery, but ultimately, not what sites she was fortunate enough to visit. This part makes me lower my rating from 5 to 4.Overall, not a great piece of literature. But a great story of a great time with fascinating people. And for me that was quite enough to overcome the few weaknesses.


More Detail Please

by Samantha L. Sayre
(2/5)

I can't believe that a publisher published this book. It definitely needed an editor and it needed way more detail. Towards the end of the book, Ms. Boyd says there's so much that George (Harrison) and I did and talked about that will never be told. Well why didn't she tell it? This book was mostly a recap of her life and most has already been published before by better writers. I thought she would have some insight that she would share with the readers but she really doesn't. From reading some other reviews, I thought she was going into detail about her life with Eric Clapton and how abusive he was when he was drinking and drugging, but she really doesn't. She just skims the surface of everything. I knew the book was too short when I bought it but I didn't realize that she didn't really say anything. Heck, she probably could have wrote 300 pages just on her life with the Beatles and George Harrison then could have wrote another 300 on Eric Clapton. Instead we get a recap of the parties she attended instead of her talks with Jimmy Page, Bill Wyman, Ronnie Woods and Mick Jagger. I would definitely make this book a library check out book.


Pattie Boyd is lovely but the book could have been better written..

by sandi beach
(3/5)

Pattie Boyd was the quintessential 60's female icon and I, along with all of my friends wanted to copy her style.I have often wondered about Pattie Boyd and what her life had been like married to George Harrison and living in the thick of Beatlemania and beyond. But this book,just skims the surface of those years--in terms of information, writing style and depth. The same stories that have been written in many books are here and yet, Pattie doesn't really dig deep and give the readers any personal insight or her opinion about the major Beatle players or events. Perhaps it's because some of them (Paul,Ringo,Cynthia,Yoko,etc.) are still alive. So, the book feels like Pattie Boyd is holding back and underneath this bio-lite is probably a deeper richer story. For example, one chapter ends with the wedding to George Harrison in Jan. of 1966--the next chapter starts with 1967! What happened in 1966? The story of her life with Eric Clapton is a nightmare and here she opens up a bit more about this passage of her life. But even there she seems restrained (in her writing) when she should have really let go! I think that Bob Dylan's bio (Cronicles:vol one) is probably the best biography written to date of someone from that era. He really raised the bar and it's hard to top that book! Well, the final word is that Pattie Boyd lived one hell of a life-- but not as happy as we may have imagined. And she is sadly, one more person burned by being too close to the flame of the Beatles.


In a word: SHALLOW

by Sheena Carver "dazeerae"
(3/5)

Pattie Boyd's memoir is full of famous names, places, and events, but there is so much that is lacking. There is a disjointed nature to her writing; she includes some of the oddest details which add nothing to the overall story. Her life choices boggle the mind. She repeatedly puts up with drug abuse and infidelities by George Harrison and Eric Clapton. After witnessing the effects of heroin on Eric and her sister, Pattie impulsively decides to try some of her sister's stash in the airport bathroom before their flight, a trip that had been planned as a means of weaning her sister off heroin. For a woman who inspired three of the greatest love songs ever written (Something, Wonderful Tonight, and Layla), Pattie comes off as quite vacuous.


Not "Delicious"!

by S. L. Parker "World Traveler"
(1/5)

I have to agree with all the negative comments made here, and then some. Where was the Editor or better yet a fact checker? This book is a mess from start to finish and isn't even worth taking a trip to your local library for. The name dropping and Patti's accounts of her endless "vacations" were enough to put me to sleep. By the time I finished this book, I came to conclusion that Ms. Boyd was nothing more than a gold digger and her final victim was me when I purchased this book!On a side note, Patti threw a few nasty digs at Cynthia Lennon and stated she didn't get on well with Cynthia. Miss Boyd would have done herself a favor if she had read "John" by Cynthia Lennon. At least Cynthia Lennon could put together a coherent sentence and kept basic facts straight, which is more than I can say for Patti Boyd.


"You're asking me, will my love grow?"

by take403
(4/5)

The main reason I read this was because I was curious to hear her take on life with George Harrison and Eric Clapton, both of whom I have been a fan of and still am. It caught my eye especially after the Eric Clapton autobiography and the Cynthia Lennon autobiography. Patti is honest but not bitter and it took a lot of courage to tell her side of the story. George Harrison was a loving man, but tended to ignore her a bit after the Beatles split and he got more into religion. Eric Clapton was more romantic but appears to be more of a womanizer. Patti is also a good storyteller and a strong individual. I came off with a lot more respect for the former wife of 2 talented musicians.


good book

by Tara OT
(4/5)

Many of the reviews complain about her ability to write, and lets be honest she is not a writer. That is not her profession, trade or hobby - and she does not claim to be a writer. So the complaints are stating the obvious. People wanted to read/hear her story because of who she is and the life that she has lived - not because of her literary abilities.I really enjoyed this book on several levels. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, being her involvement with two of the most amazing musicians. The second came during reading her book; that being the evolution of a woman, and her insights into herself and life.I do wish it were more detailed, but, well such is life. Overall I really am so happy to have read this book and am so glad she read it!


Disappointing...

by Tracy L.
(2/5)

Ultimately, the responsibility of the outcome of this book rests on Pattie Boyd's shoulders, but I can't help feeling that she could have used a better co-author here. There are so many problems with this book I'm not sure where to begin. It's unfortunate because I really believe that Pattie has an amazing story to tell.Clinical is the best way I can describe the telling of this story. Pattie tells us that "this happened, this happened and this happened," but never gives us a real sense of what it was like to experience all these different things. I could accept that if chronologically she wasn't all over the board. One moment she's telling us about something that happened before she was married to George, jumps to something that happened after they were married, and then she's right back to before they were married.I've seen some complaints about the name-dropping. Quite frankly, I'd be surprised if she didn't drop a few names. What bothered me was that I have never even heard of a lot of these people (sorry, but I'm just not as up as I should be on all the models, photographers and club owners that roamed around swinging London of the 1960's.)There is something about the way she describes her relationship with George that left me feeling a bit cold. She doesn't even tell us when she knew she was in love with him. Based on what I read, their relationship seemed to be that of roommates. She paints a picture of him as being quite aloof and distant with her, yet quite joyful and generous with her family.Then there's Eric. This is really were Pattie lost me. I'm still not sure what she saw in this guy that made her leave her husband (yeah, I know, he wrote a song about her...and?) He is not portrayed in a pleasant light at all. Pattie doesn't reveal too much here that wasn't previously known about Eric's drug and alcohol addictions. If anything, she makes it sound a great deal worse. Because of this, it made her come off as being quite stupid for hooking up with this guy. I laughed and did a bit of eye rolling when she talked about how, after seeing both Eric and her sister Paula struggle with heroin addiction, she decides it would be great fun to try heroin herself!!I can only assume that she dictated her story to her co-author, who than put it into "book" format. I think a better co-author would have drawn a bit more out of Pattie and given us a more cohesive, introspective book. Again, I believe Pattie has an amazing story to tell, it just wasn't told here.


For Those of Us Who Lived the Sixties

by Wendy Kaplan
(3/5)

This is a fascinating book for those of us who came of age in the Sixties and know of whom Pattie Boyd speaks. Married to rock icons George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Pattie lived every girl's fantasy. Or so we thought.There was a dark side to drugs and rock and roll, and Pattie tells us all about it. But she also tells the good side, and so much of the insider stuff is just pure fun to read, especially when one remembers one's perceptions of how it must have been. If, however, you need to idolize George Harrison and Eric Clapton as the super rock gods they were, it's probably best not to read about them as mortal men.With all the drugs and alcohol that Pattie did alongside her men, it's amazing she is still alive to tell the tale. But she is, and although the book drops off into a few chapters of endless (and I do mean endless) name dropping at the end, it's still worth a read if, like me, your soul never quite left the Sixties.


Excellent clapton and harriosn tidbits

by William D. Tompkins
(4/5)

Very good book here. Really good stories of clapton and harrison. The funnything i took away from this was that , even the greatest guys go thru depression and experience the sames things that we all face. Sometimes, in life, what you think you need is not often what is best for you. As patty proves at the end of the book.


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