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Here Comes the Sun : The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison

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A fascinating read.
-Associated Press

Joshua Greene, who studied meditation with the legendary Beatle George Harrison, draws on personal remembrances, recorded conversations, and firsthand accounts to create a moving portrait of Harrison's spiritual life, his profound contribution to the Beatles' music, and previously unpublished anecdotes about his time with music legends Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and others.

""Many well-known artists have touched people's hearts with their music, but few have ever succeeded in touching people's souls. That was George's gift, and his story is described here with affection and taste. A wonderful book.""
-Mia Farrow
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 157 x 237 x 18.29mm | 417g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 0470127805
  • 9780470127803
  • 614,569

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"Many well-known artists have touched people's hearts with their music, but few have ever succeeded in touching people's souls. That was George's gift, and his story is described here with affection and taste. A wonderful book."
--Mia Farrow

"There is a palpable excitement to this book that made me feel I was there, with George, on his journey. . . . Extraordinary."
--Martin Rutte, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work

"The depth of insight into Harrison's inner life is great."
--Yoga Journal

Here Comes the Sun tells the story of George Harrison's musical and spiritual journey with more detail and immediacy than in any other book about Harrison or the Beatles. Like his fellow Beatles, Harrison escaped the streets of working-class Liverpool, survived a tough musical apprenticeship in underground clubs, and became one of the most famous and successful musical artists in history. Before long, though, disillusioned with both the price and rewards of celebrity, he began the journey that would transform his music and redefine the rest of his life. Joshua Greene, who studied meditation with the legendary Beatle, draws on personal remembrances, recorded conversations, and firsthand accounts to create a moving portrait of Harrison's spiritual life and his profound musical vision. This is a fresh and highly rewarding book for Beatles fans as well as for any reader interested in the spiritual path.
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A friend of George Harrison offers informed reflections on the late musician's spiritual quest.
Out of the insanity, claustrophobia and estrangement that came with being a member of the Beatles, Harrison emerged an affected man, in search of God and peace. Filmmaker/biographer Greene (Justice at Dachau, 2003, etc.) portrays his friend as introspective and modest, inspired by an experience with LSD ("From that moment on, I wanted to have that depth and clarity of perception," Harrison told "Rolling Stone.") Harrison reached beyond intoxicants into the bliss of yoga and cosmic chants, a buzz that took him "into the astral plane." He wanted others to share his contact with the mystical and spoke of his spirituality during concerts, where his comments were met with, at best, indifference. Though he spent considerable time exploring the Hindu religion, writes Greene, the musician was a restless quester, always looking for ways to put his spiritual house in order. Greene writes of a newfound "levelheaded dispassion" as Harrison moved into his sixth decade, a sense of liberation from the material world coupled with an affirmation of nature and a personal recognition of his place in the scheme of things.
Greene presents a man deeply engaged in the world he longed to transcend. ("Kirkus Review," November 1, 2005)
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About Joshua Greene

Joshua M. Greene teaches in the religion department of Hofstra University. He is the author of two acclaimed previous nonfiction books and the producer of numerous award-winning films. His articles have appeared in print internationally, and his books on the Holocaust were adapted for broadcast on PBS and the Discovery Channel.
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There were so many glaring errors in this book I'm amazed that it ever got published! The author writes from the viewpoint of the Hare Krishna movement and the experiences of 3 devotees, and tends to exaggerate his own minimal involvement with George. There is way too much emphasis on Hare Krishna and nowhere near enough substance of what George Harrison was all about, including his thirst for knowledge of other spiritual matters. This book could have shown George as he was - flaws and all - but I guess that would not promote the Hare Krishna movement. Just one example - George's first wife Pattie is almost demonized in this book and the breakup of their marriage is put squarely on her shoulders because of her affair with Eric Clapton. Nowhere does it mention the many, many affairs George had (because again, that would probably make George and the Hare Krishna movement look bad). His affairs with other women have been documented by so many people - including Peter Brown, Chris O'Dell, and Lori Del Santo (yes, she had a 3 day fling with him) ie the people who were there. Pattie and even his 2nd wife Olivia has stated that George cheated on them, but no mention is made of that in the book, presumably to make George look better. The author got so many dates wrong too - for instance he notes that George and Pattie's marriage "died" in 1970 - they were together till 1974. He says that Stuart Sutcliffe died just two years before Brian Epstein, when in fact it was 5 years. The author even contradicts himself when he says things like "Hare Krishna Mantra" sold 60,000 copies on the first day it was released, but later says it was 70,000 copies. He says that Pattie "declined" to meet Prabhupada, but includes a picture of George - and Pattie - meeting him. The author made so many errors that I began to wonder what else he got wrong. Or made up. Seriously - if you are looking for books on George Harrison and/or the Beatles, I would recommend you read Pattie's book "Wonderful Today", or Chris O'Dell's book "Miss O'Dell", or Cynthia Lennon's book, "John". Peter Brown's book, "The Love You Make" is another good one. All of these are excellent and what's more, they were written by people who knew George and the other Beatles really well. Give 'Here Comes The Sun" a miss unless you're in the mood to read Hare Krishna propaganda and are not concerned about incorrect information.show more
by Julie Anderson
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