Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd
George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

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“Wonderful Tonight,” which Boyd wrote with Penny Junor, is a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs, it also works as a cultural history.
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Synopsis

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 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 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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About Pattie Boyd

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PATTIE BOYD is an acclaimed photographer whose exhibition Through the Eyes of a Muse recently toured two continents. She lives in West Sussex, England.
 
Published May 27, 2008 by Crown Archetype. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek on Oct 28 2007

“Wonderful Tonight,” which Boyd wrote with Penny Junor, is a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs, it also works as a cultural history.

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Aug 28 2007

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

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Reviewed by John Van der Kiste on Jun 01 2008

Some of the stories in this book are rather disturbing, but to have omitted them would have made for an extremely bland, incomplete memoir.

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Austin Chronicle

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Reviewed by MARGARET MOSER on Nov 30 2007

At the worst, Boyd/Junor use a messy chronology that throws people and places out of context. Once the magical mystery rock star names vanish, Boyd turns the mirror inward, and the book becomes SFF – strictly for fans. By that time, you've read what you want to know.

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Reviewed by ANDREW W. GRIFFIN on Oct 14 2010

...she writes about the past 25 years or so of her life. And while they weren’t nearly as exciting (or devastating) as they were when she was Mrs. Harrison and later as Mrs. Clapton, they were a time to reflect and learn some important life lessons. All in all, a fascinating book.

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Reviewed by Frank Camel on May 15 2011

If you are at all interested in The Beatles, Eric Clapton, or simply a glimpse into the future of publishing, this iBook is well worth a look

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