Behind Sad Eyes
The Life of George Harrison
By Marc Shapiro
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312309930, 256pp.)
Publication Date: January 2003
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Shrouded in a sea of mystery, the elusive George Harrison has long been the most private and enigmatic member of the Beatles. From his hard knock childhood in Liverpool to his ascendance into rock infamy, George Harrison's life has been a torpid ride filled with legendary success and heart crushing defeat.
New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro sheds new light on this paradoxical rocker, whose reputation for unusual religious practices and drug abuse often rivaled his musical notoriety.
A man whose desire was to be free rather than be famous, Harrison's battle against conformity lead him to music making, a soulful and creative expression that would be his ticket to success and the bane of his existence. Behind Sad Eyes is the compelling account of a man who gave the Beatles their lyrical playing style and brought solace to a generation during turbulent times.
Marc Shapiro has written over a dozen worksof non-fiction, with books on popular bands including Carlos Santana: Back on Top, Creed: From Zero to Platinum and The Story of The Eagles: The Long Run. He is also a rock journalist who has written for The Los Angeles Free Press, Words and Music, Hit Parade, Bam Magazine, Rock and Soul, Word Up, Faces, Gig and Creem.
“Shapiro creates a complex portrait that shies from melodrama.... This volume brings keen perspective to both [Harrison’s] great contributions and bland failures.” --Publishers Weekly
“Baby-boomer readers in general will enjoy Shapiro’s nostalgic look back at the Underrated Beatle.” --Kirkus Reviews