Sunday, November 27, 2011

Summary of I Me Mine

The book starts out with Derek Taylor talking about how he met George Harrison and how they became good friends when he became the Beatles press officer. Then it goes into George's life. He was born February 25, 1943 in a small house in Liverpool. Then, he talks about how he had an interest in rock and roll music and when he met Paul McCartney at school. He then drops out of school and joins the Quarrymen after an audition on a double decker bus with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Soon Brian Epstein becomes their manger and Ringo Starr joins, and they become the Beatles. They become famous for their song "Love Me Do". The Beatles rise to fame, but George Harrison mentions that he dislikes all the attention. He then recalls a time when they had to go to Manila to perform and how it ended up in fear, but they managed to get out of there.

George Harrison then talks about going to India, getting a sitar, and converting to the Hindu faith. Ravi Shankar is mentioned and other big influences of George Harrison's life. The marriage of George Harrison and Pattie Boyd is another event that he talks about, and how they both go to India several times

The drug LSD is also mentioned and how his dentist slipped it into John Lennon's and George Harrison's coffee. This leads to George Harrison talking about how the Beatles took the drug other times, and how it influenced their music. Then he talks about the Beatles breaking up and how he had several benefit concerts, like the Concert for Bangla Desh. He also talks about how he bought Friar Park, and how he started making more music there.

George Harrison also mentions how he became friends with Eric Idle from the show Monty Python. In addition he mentions how he became fond of Motor Racing and his love of cars. The other parts of the book are pictures and all the songs he wrote along with his notes and a descriptions of each song.

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