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I, Me, Mine

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  2,740 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Originally published in 1980 and cherished by fans and collectors, I, Me, Mine is the closest we will come to George Harrisons autobiography. It is "a sly paradox of a title," to quote Derek Taylor, The Beatles spokesperson, "chosen by a man concerned for many years and for many reasons to send his ego packing...a book which tells a story of growing up, not necessarily the ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books (first published December 1st 1980)
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John
George Harrison tells in his own words about his life with and after the Beatles. He takes his music seriously, but is not afraid to parody himself and the Beatles as his collaboration on the Rutles with members of Monty Python proves. Harrison had to fight for his space on the Beatles records. Two of the Beatles biggest songs, "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" were Harrison tunes. After the breakup of the group his songwriting skills flourished on the classic album "All Things Must Pass". Hi ...more
Bruce


Beatle George was a mere 36 when this was “written”. As autobiography, this being the only attempt at the form by any of the fabs, it’s terribly disappointing. The first section is comprised of ‘anecdotes’, some of them interesting, recalled by George in taped conversations with Derek Taylor, the Beatles’ publicist and apologist. Then there is a lengthy section of pictures, followed by an even lengthier collection of reproductions of scribbled-on sheets of paper, mostly hotel letterhead, torn s
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Pete daPixie
This is a true story. Last month I bought myself a copy of George Harrison's Concert for Bangla Desh, coz I had never bought this on c.d. + it was a Unicef donation, which was cool.
Anyway, the other day I lift this book off the library shelf to read. Only half a dozen chapters of recorded George, talking about his childhood, Liverpool, Beatles, his soul and racing cars.
The book contains a photo section, mainly pics I've not seen before, and a section on his song lyrics, with some explanations of
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Lorraine
I've read this book countless times. It isn't a typical autobiography. Anyone who wants the intimate details of George's personal relations, some scuttlebutt on Paul McCartney, or other types of ankle deep nit picking won't find it here. Instead, "I, Me, Mine" is like a fireside chat with a classy, fascinating, witty, and dignified friend. We read about George's history and interests, brief mentions of his enormous cast of friends, and details on each song.

Derek Taylor's editorials are delightf
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Nikki
I am a huge fan of George Harrison and was so excited to read this book. I was so disappointed. I found the first third of the book difficult to follow. Attimes it was unclear if it was George speaking or Derek Taylor. It was seemed to jump back and forth in time, so it was confusing. There were also printed sketches in this first section, with out any captions. It wasn't until I got to the second and middle section of photos that I was able to figure it out....none of these pictures had any cap ...more
Melissa
The first half of the book is a strange mélange of commentary from George Harrison's second wife Olivia, a friend named Derek Taylor who conducted a number of tape recorded interviews with George from which he quotes, and those quotes from George Harrison himself. Olivia's and Derek's commentary are in italics, and George's own words are in plain text, but it's still hard to follow sometimes whose commentary you're reading. I would have expected things to be arranged chronologically, but they're ...more
Amanda
Found this between the shelves at the public library, and wondered why it didn't actually have a spot in the book shelf but hey, I got to see and to read it. George Harrison a former beatle, shows his life through his own words, pictures and summaries of what his songs actually mean. I really enjoyed that part of the book, seeing where a lot of the meanings came from. I didn't really like the fact that he wrote songs for other people fairly quickly, as to ponder. Did they mean anything? But they ...more
Samantha
I decided to read this book after I read A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner. Most of the quotes Turner used from George in his comments on songs came from Harrison's autobiography, I Me Mine. If I had to describe Harrison's autobiography in one word I would say it's artsy. The reason I think it's artsy is because it doesn't read like a normal autobiography in that there's an ordered sequence of events. Harrison talks about his family and his schooling and h ...more
Lars K Jensen
This is not an autobiography by George Harrison. I repeat: This is *not* an autobiography by George Harrison. It even says on the back of the book, that "I Me Mine is the closest we will come to George Harrison's autobiography".

If you open this book expecting an autobiography, you are in for certain disappointment. If you, on the other hand, expect to get a little closer to Harrison, understand him at little better and learn more about his views of life, other people and death while he also lift
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Chaz
The first third of this book is spectacular and really incorporates Harrison's love for spirituality, India, songwriting and life. The second third is mainly photos. I guess if you have a crush on George -- these pages can be interesting, but did little for me. I like the photo on the cover of "ATMP", visually, I don't need any more of George. I'd rather hear his voice or listen to his fingers. The last third acts as a reference library for his catalog of songs. It's helpful to flip through, if ...more
Ryan
What can't you learn from George Harrison? This is his self proclaimed "little ego detour", neat perspective on an amazing life. Awesome to read his background on all of the songs he wrote and the handwritten pieces of paper they were all written on. All in all a really cool read. I have heard there is a limited edition, leather bound edition of this book that is hard to come by; it is officially on my list of expensive gifts I would never ask for.
Chris Dean
To date, the only autobiography written by any member of the Beatles. However, don't expect this book to be about the Beatles. In a very conversational tone, George and Derek Taylor talk about many things, his childhood, his time at school, his interests and his music. This book isn't a Beatles "tell all" and that's not a bad thing. The second part of the book contains all of George's compositions and his stories on how they came about. An added bonus is seeing original notes accompany the song ...more
John
I miss George... more than I have ever missed John.

I feel somewhat guilty about that, but I rated his solo work and his more unasuming personality.
Nessa Borealis
Sweet George, in his own words. I especially loved the careful recollections of his songwriting...how the lyrics emerged and took shape.
Jennifer Ott
I give this book 5 stars, not just because I am a fan of George Harrison, but because he has the unique gift of writing an autobiography without really divulging anything about himself. LOL! The highly enigmatic and private Beatle tempts us with pieces of his life, from growing up in Liverpool, teenage years living in the Red Light District of Hamburg, to his exploration into Hinduism, but like most alluring lovers, he makes us want more. And even though he gives his inspiration for many of his ...more
B.J. Lee
very interesting to read about the "real" George who considers himself a gardener aboe all things.
Anthony Murphy
A book that has seventy odd pages of narrative followed by an anecdotal dissection of every song he had ever written up until 1979.

A man of such wit, dry humour and a wealth of stories from an extraordinary life (he was 37 when this book came out), this could've been a defining document from a central figure of one of the biggest cultural phonomena in the mass media age. Ultimately, the book is a missed opportunity to tell a fascinating story and alas, an opportunity which won't present itself a
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Steve
Whenever you think 'massive ego' as it applies to The Beatles, you typically think of Paul McCartney or John Lennon. Rarely does anyone include George Harrison. Well, you should. If this book is any indication, he should rank at the top of the list.

Beatle fans -in general- have a regard for George Harrison as The Quiet One, the unassuming one. And it's true he was a spiritual man. Many consider him a kind, gentle person and I wouldn't dare to refute that. But Harrison probably had the sharpest w
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Lars
This is not an autobiography by George Harrison. I repeat: This is *not* an autobiography by George Harrison. It even says on the back of the book, that "I Me Mine is the closest we will come to George Harrison's autobiography".

If you open this book expecting an autobiography, you are in for certain disappointment. If you, on the other hand, expect to get a little closer to Harrison, understand him at little better and learn more about his views of life, other people and death while he also lift
...more
Frederick
Here's a good example of the contrast between the Beatles' music and their extracurricular activities. The music stands the test of time. The movies, interviews and other nonmusical activities get very boring. "I, Me, Mine" is a really good song.
I bet Shakespeare would have written a pretty boring autobiography. The play was the thing, after all.
With the Beatles, it was the songs.
Give me "Savoy Truffle," "Something," "I'd Have You Anytime" or "The Light That Has Lighted the World." But don't giv
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Lydia Dueck
As someone who is a huge fan of the Beatles and George, I am super disapppinted about having to give this such a low rating. Unfortunately, as far as biographies go, it's just not up to scratch. My dad likes to say that eventually the Beatles had so much money, they felt they could do anything without it having to put much effort in. In this particular case, I'd have to agree.
If I'm not mistaken, George sat down with Derek Taylor and did a series of interviews, and then Taylor simply transcribed
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Bustagroovy
Cobbled together in 1979 from tape recordings made by the Beatles' press officer, it's the closest we'll ever get to an autobiography by any of the four. 70 odd pages of anecdotes - some insightful, some entertaining and others about the road to transcendence via LSD and sitars in India. Padded out with some great photos and then another several hundred pages of song lyrics. As good as it gets I suppose, bonus star for being a fking legend.
Edmund Furtek
Read George's book as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "British Invasion". George was always my favorite Beatle because he was thoughtful and he doesn't disappoint in his book, tackling issues of life and afterlife. The second half of the book, which deals exclusively with his songs is best accompanied by his music.
Suzy
Oct 30, 2007 Suzy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any music fan
First, I must say that I am quite biased because George Harrison is my favorite Beatle. With that said, it is a very enjoyable book that gives you insight into Harrison's life and relationships. Being a fan or his writing style in the form of his lyrics, I found that this style transitioned well into the book. Not only do you get to read his thoughts but there is also a collection of photos, lyrics and other random notes. It is one type of experience to listen to his music but it is quite anothe ...more
Jamie
I've always said that Harrison was my favourite Beatle, but what a self-involved, preachy kook he actually turns out to be. He seems to have left planet Earth in around 1962 and never returned. Never discover more about your heroes!
Marie
Jul 11, 2007 Marie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles-fanatics
This book,published in 1980, is divided into three sections. The first section is Harrison talking to Derek Taylor about different times in his life. It is brief. I was hoping to learn more about Harrison's early and post-Beatles life than I did. I also wanted to hear more about his take on the Beatles mania era. I did get a sense of what he is like, but I just wanted more.
The second section is just photographs. The third is the song section in which Harrison describes how/when he wrote many of
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Conrad Wesselhoeft
I'm re-rating this from four to three stars.

I'm the biggest George fan in West Seattle but don't think he--or semi-ghost writer Derek Taylor--served this story well. The intro describes it as "narrated." It feels that way--conversational and plain, as well incomplete, lazy, and tossed off.

That may be the way George wanted it. Who's to say?

However, in light of more recent rock memoirs by Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Graham Nash, "I, Me, Mine" pales.

The insights into the individ
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Jeff
Interesting to learn some of the thoughts and stories behind some of George Harrison's songs both inside and outside of the Beatles. Much of the references are to songs he wrote over the years and recorded under his own name and on his own albums. This book would be enjoyed most from someone who is a devoted George Harrison fan, or has an interest in anything related to the Beatles. To me the book was not quite as deep as one would expect from the quiet Beatle. But, as with all things "George" h ...more
Candice
What a marvelous book, especially for me, who isn't the most educated as far as The Beatles go. George is a poet, which is probably obvious to everyone more familiar with Beatles music. I read the last half of the book, which is song lyrics and blurbs about them, very slowly - trying to take it all in. I may be the only person who has read this book who doesn't have music in the back of the mind when reading the lyrics! But, that makes it all the more exciting, because now, I will be downloading ...more
Brenda
George is my favorite Beatle, and I love that this book has all of his songs with a note about where he was in his life and what the song is about
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George Harrison, MBE, was an award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, author and sitarist best known as the lead guitarist for The Beatles. Following the band's breakup, Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys super group where he was known as both Nelson Wilbury and Spike Wilbury. He was also a film producer, with his producti ...more
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“All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece but not too much.” 69 likes
“Most people's reality is an illusion, a great big illusion. You automatically have to succumb to the illusion that 'I am this body'. I am not George. I am not really George. I am this living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be, but at
this time I happen to be in 'this' body. The body has changed; was a baby, was a young man, will
soon be an old man, and I'll be dead. The
physical body will pass but this bit in the middle,
that's the only reality. All the rest is the illusion,
so to say that somebody thinks we are, the ex-
Beatles are removed from reality in their personal concept. It does not have any truth to it just because somebody thinks it. They are the concepts which become layer upon layer of illusion. Why live in the darkness all your life? Why, if you are unhappy, if you are having a miserable time, why not just look at it. Why are you in the darkness? Look for the light. The light is within. That is the big message”
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