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Dark horse : the private life of George Harrison
Giuliano, Geoffrey.
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New York : Dutton, 1990.

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x, 242 pages, 36 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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ML420.H2 G5 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

George was always the rather mysterious Beatle: quiet, playing his guitar off to the side, discovering the sitar and Krishna consciousness, seemingly unflappable. This biography by music journalist Giuliano gives us the straightforward dope on Harrison's life, from humble beginnings as a bus driver's son, through the tumultuous Beatles years, and on to his various careers as solo artist, as a member of the Traveling Wilburys, and as record and movie producer. George certainly comes across as a nice guy, and though he has always maintained the image of the seeker of mystic revelation, the facts are, according to the author (who knows his subject well), that George could slug back the booze and do a little drugs with the best of 'em, and he wasn't always the completely faithful husband we might have suspected him to be. He also enjoys fast cars, gardening, and the much-deserved seclusion of his Henley estate. Most of all, says Giuliano, Harrison will prove to be a survivor. This informative bio helps to fill in the blank spaces--especially of the more recent years--in the life of one of the pivotal sidemen in contemporary pop history. Appendixes, discography, sources, index. --Martin Brady

Publisher's Weekly Review

This ``lively, sympathetic biography'' describes Harrison's years as the most mysterious of the Beatles, his immersion in Eastern mysticism, fascination with Hitler and recent success with a new band, the Traveling Wilburys. ``Harrison's rise, fall and return to fame, his spiritual quest, drug experiences, marital infidelities and paranoia are aptly chronicled,'' said PW. Photos. Author tour. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fossilized forever as a Beatle in the Sixties strata of the 20th century, George Harrison, the most underrated of the group, now recalls Beatlemania's more nightmarish overtones. Despite their hitherto unprecedented success, it was only after the Fab Four's dissolution that Harrison's creativity flourished. Harrison inner-sanctum entrant and Beatle chronicler Giuliano has written a revelatory biography of the elusive Harrison and his constellation of secular and spiritual interests, passions, pursuits, friends, and loves. The variegated musical phases of his career, through his current involvement with the Travelling Wilburys, are here examined with the benefit of numerous interviews. Harrison's own autobiographical I, Me, Mine ( LJ 1/1/82) is unsurpassed for the song-by-song explication, but Dark Horse should be its on-shelf companion. A necessary acquisition for most libraries.-- Barry Miller, Austin P.L., Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.