- Tapa blanda: 370 páginas
- Editor: Hal Leonard Pub Co; Edición: 01 (1 de marzo de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1423406095
- ISBN-13: 978-1423406099
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison (Inglés) Tapa blanda – mar 2006
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(Book). Far from being "the quiet one," George Harrison was a writer and arranger of terrific power and beauty, and his guitar playing was fundamental to the Beatles' sound and success. Now fully revised and expanded, this new edition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison is the most comprehensive evaluation of George Harrison's musical career ever published. Treating each of Harrison's songs with unprecedented analysis, author Simon Leng reveals Harrison's eclectic approach from teenage Nashville twang through Indian raga, psychedelia, gospel, soul, and pure pop and thoroughly defines Harrison's role in the Beatles. First-hand accounts of the Concert for Bangladesh and the making of All Things Must Pass take the reader deep into the most fertile and controversial periods of Harrison's long solo career that culminated with Brainwashed . Enhanced with insights from key figures who worked closely with Harrison throughout his extraordinary career, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a remarkably stirring study and portrait of a great artist whose musical and spiritual quest changed the lives of millions of people around the world while redefining popular music and rock 'n' roll.
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There are some typos here and there which irritate and the setting out of the pages could be improved. Overall however, the detail is good and while one can disagree with some comments about some of the songs overall I felt this book was worth the money. The author is obviously a fan and this is in one sense a strength and a weakness. He can be blinded by George's short comings here and there but the fact is though that George Harrison bloomed once he left the Beatles.
Some of his best work was on his own. It is a pity that he has not been lauded with all the plaudits that he deserves. This book combined with some of the other books that are very good about the Beatles, together and alone, give an impression that the Fab Four were in some ways just Paul and John with the other two the sidemen and George being tolerated rather than given some rope to develop. But as George was to show late developers often leave the biggest impression. Consider the best of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr as solo artists - which artist would stand out the most? George would have to be up there.
Of course, in doing justice to George I find that Leng errs on the side of being too positive re. many of George's more lugubrious meditations on Krishna consciouness. Rather: select out only the best of his solo work and juxtapose it with the best of the other three Beatles to create a Beatles future that extends way way beyond 1970. Though the individual Beatles might object to this mode of listening to their work, it's not their call to make but ours. And believe me, for true Beatles fans this is the way to go.
Leng has lots of insights into George's playing and composing, and his career. A welcome contribution Leng makes is to excerpt scads of local reviews that lauded George's 1974 Dark Horse tour performances. Falsely, the tour got the reputation of having been a disaster, but it was really only a single pan from `Rolling Stone' that did ALL the damage. Moreover, while George did feel mauled, he did not retreat into himself for very long afterward. Indeed he was prepared to set out on another tour in 1976, but was thwarted by hepatitis and then a cancelled record contract.
Bravo Simon Leng for doing so well a job so worth doing.