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An iconic figure of the 1960s and '70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day's Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle — a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who's who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the music-making, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George.

It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began "dearest l." I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time....I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. "Did you get my letter?"...And then the penny dropped. "Was that from you?" I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.

For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison’s song "Something" and Clapton's anthem "Layla," has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking — and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you've been waiting for.

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"There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband's close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully." Janet Maslin, New York Times

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An iconic figure of the 1960s and 70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Days Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable whos who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George.

It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l.”

I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. “Did you get my letter?”... And then the penny dropped. “Was that from you?” I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.

For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrisons song “Something” and Claptons anthem “Layla,” has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story youve been waiting for.

About the Author

Patti Boyd is an acclaimed photographer whose exhibition "Through the Eyes of a Muse" recently toured two continents. She lives in West Sussex, England.

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Craig Norton, March 10, 2008 (view all comments by Craig Norton)
When I heard that Pattie Boyd was finally going to release her autobiography I thought to myself - "This could be very interesting!!". Many of the other Beatles' associates have released books over the years but because Pattie had been married to George, her book had the potential to be one of the most informative and revealing. You must remember that this book exists only because Pattie was once married to George Harrison. Her relationship and marriage to Eric Clapton may never have warranted a publisher's interest. Unfortunately, Pattie's autobiography is a disappointment on many counts.

When Pattie describes life with George Harrison, you really do not gain a sense of the man until later in their marriage when they have moved to George's Friar Park estate. I say "George's" because it becomes obvious that Pattie was never an equal partner in their marriage. Pattie also reveals little in the way of new Beatles information and for this the book is a let down. She occasionally relates well known stories that have been written elsewhere but there is nothing new.

Pattie's decision to leave George for Eric Clapton was a move that she later regretted. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. She found herself with an alcoholic philandering husband yet Pattie would not leave him. After enduring that life for more than ten years, she still wanted to have children with him. Pattie also said that she left both marriages with almost nothing in the way of a settlement. You soon discover that Pattie Boyd had little common sense or perhaps much intelligence. As you read the book, you keep asking yourself how a woman could be so silly.

I must take issue with Penny Junor's work as Pattie's co-writer or editor. The book does not flow very well and frequently jumps around as if Pattie had lost her train of thought. I will also cite two glaring factual errors in the book and both Pattie and Penny should have known better. While Pattie was married to George, she said that she saw a doctor on her 32nd birthday. By age 32, she was with Eric Clapton. Pattie also mentioned that she sold one of Eric's guitars, a Les Paul Stratocaster. You would think that a woman who was married for over 20 years to two of the world's greatest guitar heroes would know that a Les Paul is a Gibson and a Stratocaster is a Fender. Any guitar player would laugh at that mistake.

At best, I would describe Pattie Boyd's book as mild entertainment rather than an essential read. It's a book to read on a summer holiday at the beach or cottage. I strongly recommend that you read Pattie's book in conjunction with Eric Clapton's recent biography as they tie together very well.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307393845
Author:
Boyd, Pattie
Publisher:
Harmony
With:
Junor, Penny
Author:
Kennedy, Kate
Author:
Pattie Boyd with Penny Junor
Author:
Junor, Penny
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Models (persons)
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Boyd, Pattie
Subject:
Models (Persons) - Great Britain
Subject:
Rock musicians -- England.
Subject:
Clapton, Eric
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 PIECES BandW ART AND 1 16-PG 4-C INSE
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.60x6.52x1.26 in. 1.57 lbs.

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"Review" by , "There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband's close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully."
"Synopsis" by , An iconic figure of the 1960s and 70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight, and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Days Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable whos who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George.

It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l.”

I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. “Did you get my letter?”... And then the penny dropped. “Was that from you?” I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.

For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrisons song “Something” and Claptons anthem “Layla,” has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story youve been waiting for.

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