New book from Pattie
|“My Life Through A Lens” by Pattie Boyd. Final cover to be revealed.|
Due out next year is a new book from former Beatle wife Pattie Boyd, this time concentrating on photography. The book’s title is “My Life Through A Lens“.
Here’s the blur from the publisher:
“An extraordinary visual memoir from Pattie Boyd–model, photographer, and muse to rock ‘n roll royalty. The former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd is perhaps the most famous muse of all time, inspiring Harrison’s “Something” and Eric Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Swept up into the height of Beatlemania as a young model, Boyd captured endless photographs of her years with the band, and later with Clapton. In Pattie Boyd: My Life Through A Lens, Boyd offers candid and intimate photographs of rock royalty and the elite social circles of the 60s and 70s, and also shares the drawings, paintings, and mementos collected from a life shared with pop-culture icons. Alongside it all are Boyd’s own stirring reflections, giving a look into the golden age of rock ‘n roll that only a woman at the center of it all could provide.”
Of course, we only have Pattie’s own words about her being the inspiration for “Something”. George stole the opening line from James Taylor’s “Something In The Way She Moves” from his eponymous Apple album, and imagined the song vocalised by his idol, Ray Charles (who went on to cover it in 1971). In early 1969, George told his Hare Krishna friends that the song was for Krishna, and in 1996 he told music journalist Paul Cashmere that “everybody presumed I wrote it about Pattie”. Most likely, the music video for the song helped establish that myth, with Pattie in the opening shot.
In her 2007 autobiography, “Wonderful Today“, Boyd recalls: “He told me, in a matter-of-fact way, that he had written it for me. I thought it was beautiful …” Boyd discusses the song’s popularity among other recording artists and concludes: “My favourite [version] was the one by George Harrison, which he played to me in the kitchen at Kinfauns.”
“My Life Through A Lens” is due out April 7, 2020.