By Marc Shapiro
George Harrison was once continuously referred to as the 'quiet Beatle' As a part of the largest band in pop historical past, he took a again seat to Paul McCartney and John Lennon, yet his expertise shone via within the composition of vintage songs reminiscent of 'Something' and 'Here Comes The Sun'. In his solo profession he sometimes threatened to eclipse either John and Paul at the global degree, and he joined forces with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff lynne to create the vastly succsessful supergroup the touring Wilburys.
However, the luck of his specialist existence was once usually met by way of turmoil in his inner most lifestyles, and the lack of first spouse Patti to ally Eric Clapton, the anxious try on his lifestyles by way of a knife wielding intruder and his ultimate fight opposed to melanoma intended that George Harrison's existence used to be not anything if no longer dramatic.
Bestselling writer Marc Shapiro has completely interviewed acquaintances and previous colleagues of the enigmatic guitar legend. This revealing biography reaffirms Harrison's value as an leading edge and highly proficient musician and indicates that, as a member of crucial band ever, in addition to in his multi-faceted occupation after the Beatles, George Harrison was once no usual guy.
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