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Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  6,672 ratings  ·  728 reviews
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For the first time, rock music’s most famous muse tells her incredible story

Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, finally breaks a forty-year silence and tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the twentieth century and became the most legen
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 27th 2008 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Becky
Pattie Boyd is a mere footnote in rock n roll history. Her association with George Harrison and Eric Clapton is what made her famous...if you can even call her that. One would think that someone who captured the attention and imagination of great artists such as Harrison and Clapton must be an extraordinary personality, but that just does not come across in this book. I get the feeling that Pattie Boyd was just a pretty face who happened to be in the right place at the right time...on that train ...more
Walter
OK, I should say that I'm a bit of a nut about the Beatles, and George Harrison in particular. Also a fan of Clapton. So I expected that this book would be interesting, and when I had the chance to snap it up at a deep discount, I did so.

Mostly, this book is the most superficial treatment imaginable of the people and times it descibes. If you like name-dropping, lists of who attended what party, which drugs were consumed, and who slept with whom, this book is for you. If I didn't know that Georg
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Nick Oliva
Jan 14, 2008 Nick Oliva rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
She's the only woman to have two superstars write songs to her, and in her prime, her intoxicating beauty was that of a sexual siren driving men's souls to the rocks in pure passion. Her new book "Wonderful Today" is a biography that seems to want to tell all, and indeed sheds light on this wonderful woman who came from an abused childhood to make it as one of the world's top models. Ms. Boyd begins in a chronological fashion with pictures of family and tales of Kenya with snakes, tigers, and s ...more
Erin
Hmm. Ok, here's the problem with this book (and there are quite a few): Patti Boyd isn't a particularly good writer. Her stories are a bit scattered, and they don't have overarching themes to make them memorable. She just sticks in small tidbits that she remembers in random places. Part of this is due to the fact that these stories are 40 years old, so it doesn't have the immediacy of a journal or memoir. Also--Patti isn't that interesting on her own. You'd think the woman who was both a Mrs. Ha ...more
Marcie
Gee, I wouldn't have left George Harrison for Eric Clapton, even if he did win the "guitar duel" for me. :) And, wow, Pattie Boyd had great shoes.

Seriously, once I recovered from the realization that this wasn't a kiss-n-tell (damn!) (insert Slowhand jokes here), I have come to see Pattie's story as an interesting extension of a recent conversation with my own girlfriends -- you know who you are, shout out to the female half of the Six O' Cups!

It began with gender roles in traditional male/femal
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Amy Formanski Duffy
Oct 09, 2007 Amy Formanski Duffy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles Fans
I just borrowed this book from my mom. She passed down to me a love of both British bands and celebrity gossip. This book is a perfect mix of those things. Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison during the Beatles' heyday, and later left him for Eric Clapton. Strangely, they all remained friends. She was the muse for some of their greatest songs. She was a sassy British model and some of the pictures of her in Swinging 60's fashions are really fab. Candid shots of all the rock stars are pret ...more
Andy
Oct 23, 2011 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dolly Birds
Recommended to Andy by: Dolly Birds
Shelves: rock-sleaze
That’s Pattie with an “e”, weird considering for years her name was spelled Patti, but okay. “Wonderful Tonight” is a cool book written by the only living OG Beatle Wife, so it’s major. In this book I learned the following gossipy tidbits:

1. Brian Epstein was a surrogate father to The Beatles, so much so that George even asked Brian for permission to marry Pattie.
2. George had several Hare Krishna couples living on the grounds of his home to do general maid and household work.
3. George had a st
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Jamie
It's difficult to rate a biography like this, simply because Pattie Boyd isn't a writer, and though she had help, it's more about her stories--and not simply the whole, but the components of the whole. She's had an interesting life...and, after spending my more formative years longing and wishing to have been married to a Beatle, I was relieved, after reading this book, that I wasn't.

I had some trouble with Pattie. She's not a terribly reliable narrator, but no autobiography should ever be taken
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Sonia Reppe
Being a George Harrison fan, I really liked the parts about Pattie's relationship with him, and seeing him through her eyes. I didn't blame her for leaving him; when you read this you'll see why. I was never an Eric Clapton fan, and after reading this memoir, I really have a distaste for him. I don't know how Pattie put up with his obnoxious behavior and raging alcoholism, even if she did think he was a musical genius. Pattie Boyd, a talented model and photographer, has written a revealing and s ...more
Ginny Messina
Pattie Boyd's life story is amazing—not only was she a model in fab swinging 60s London and then married to George Harrison and Eric Clapton, but she grew up in Africa for goodness sakes.

Unfortunately, she's not much of a story teller. I don't know where Pattie's editor was, but the book is filled with non sequiturs and with stories that seem to have no particular point. She describes her two famous husbands almost as superficially as she does all the minor characters in the book. And, in fact,
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Diane
Jul 15, 2008 Diane rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatlemaniacs, Claptonaics
Recommended to Diane by: New York Times Best Seller List -ugh!
An emotionless recounting of parties, people met, trips taken, and life events.

I'll save you the trouble of slogging through the book:
1) Patti didn't have a happy childhood.
2) She became a model.
3) She met and married George Harrison.
4) He became addicted to meditation.
5) She was wooed by Eric Clapton and left George.
6) Eric was addicted to drugs and alcohol.
7) Patti was unhappy about both husbands being unfaithful.
8) Now she's single and OK.

I almost forgot the "most important" disclosure:
9) Yok
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Jessica
Oct 22, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles and Clapton Fans
My mom gave me this book for my birthday because she knows how much I love the Beatles and everything related to them. Pattie Boyd met George Harrison during the filming of A Hard Day's Night, they quickly married and she remained Mrs. George Harrison throughout the 1960's and the heights of Beatlemania. She grew up with the Beatles and was around for the creation of every single song and every single album... Later, she left George for his friend Eric Clapton who was madly in love with her and ...more
Linds
The only thing that really sticks out is how young George Harrison was at the beginning of Beatlemania. He actually asked Brian their manager permission to get married. That detail struck me as very endearing. The rest is mostly self serving name dropping and all the stuff she bought. She comes off as pretty annoying for someone who inspired my favorite love song. (Something)
Leslie
Had to stop all regularly scheduled reading when I finally found this for a great price! I've been wanting to read it since it came out.
I give it four stars, not because it's a great piece of literature, but because it's a really good at being what it is, the story of Pattie Boyd's life, which happened to include George Harrison, the Beatles, and Eric Clapton--among others. She did a great job being very candid, yet not crossing the "line"--I think she attained that balance. I love reading about
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Michelle
Pattie Boyd's book is an interesting read if you are in the mood to be a fly on the wall... I learned that the Beatles were a bunch of babies, Eric Clapton was a drunken egomaniacal over-sexed fool, and it was really no fun being married to a rock star (or several rock stars!). I did enjoy the love letters that "e" wrote to "layla"...very passionate (even if they did not contain capital letters). And it was even more romantic how he would write them on torn pages from books (Of Mice and Men)..." ...more
Heather
Feb 27, 2008 Heather rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any george harrison, eric clapton, or beatle fans.
Recommended to Heather by: My dad
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Chris
It seems to me that between ''Clapton,'' by Eric Clapton, and ''Wonderful Tonight,'' by Pattie Boyd with Penny Junor, there's something for everyone of a certain age. The boys who always did, and still do, dream of playing astonishingly, mind-blowingly, life-transformingly perfect rock guitar will jump into ''Clapton'' as if it were the key light on the old Fillmore stage. The solid yet mesmerizable girls who fantasized, and still do, of being the muse to inspire songs of devotion, love's redemp ...more
Jennifer
Pattie Boyd certainly led an interesting life, at least in her early days--part of the swinging social scene in 1960's London as a model, muse to first George Harrison and then Eric Clapton--but she herself did not come across as a particularly interesting person and the book was so poorly written, shallow, and disorganized that it was, at times, painful to read. (A sample of the fine writing is: "And, to use the old cliche, make love not war. As long as you were young, beautiful, and creative, ...more
Deirdre Kelly
Fans of George Harrison will find this book to be both revealing and disappointing. The good bit first. George Harrison was the most considerate Beatle, the best dresser, the one to remain calm whenever disaster struck. But as his ex wife Pattie Boyd writes he was also a womanizer, a druggie who used cocaine "excessively," and a moody bastard when he wanted to be, shutting himself away in obsessive meditation that far from allowing him to make peace with himself and his world instead appeared to ...more
Lindsay
I'm fascinated by the era of the late 60's/early 70's and this autobiography from the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton was right up my alley. Pattie Boyd grabbed my attention from the get-go with her story of growing up in Kenya with distant parents and several siblings. From there, she describes life in boarding schools, being discovered for modeling, acting in a Beatles film, marrying George, their exotic life together and subsequent divorce, marrying Eric Clapton and being ...more
Jennifer
First, I have always physically resembled Patti Boyd. People used to stop me and tell me all the time how much I looked like her. Therefore I always had a bit of a fascination with her and felt quite fond of her in a protective way, even though she is older than me. When I discovered she had written an autobiography I just had to read it. It did not disappoint me, because she proved to be the lady that I always knew she was. Even though this sweet, quiet, reticent woman was married to two of the ...more
Wendy
This was an interesting perspective of a time that I have no insight into and it was fun to recognize some names (there were many, and most I didn't have a clue of) and events. Rock 'n roll culture is not really my forte so there was a lot I could learn.

--spoiler--

However, I got the feeling as I read this book that it was actually Penny Junior's story instead of Pattie Boyd's - there was a lot of bouncing around, sometimes incoherent chain of events, quite a bit of quoting other material such as
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Diann Blakely
While Pattie Boyd [Harrison Clapton]’s memoir appeared only a few months before Clapton's own, don’t assume that her book is dismissible as an aging groupie’s remembrances. Boyd, while married to George Harrison, became Eric Clapton’s obsession; then after divorce, she became his wife, then his ex-wife. Boyd inspired the classic “Layla” when she initially sent away the besotted Clapton with the reminder that George was his best friend. Clapton’s petulant and self-destructive rejoinder was that s ...more
Robin
Those of you who have received my "Best of 2008" list have already read this, but for those of you who didn't get the list, here is my review of this book:

In the “being famous for doing nothing but being married to famous men is a bitch” genre… Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison but was wooed away by Eric Clapton, who then wrote the song “Wonderful Tonight” about her (it’s not as romantic as it sounds since it was supposed to be a sarcastic comment on how long it took her to get ready fo
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Tamie
Pattie Boyd's biography brings some insight into the 60's and the egos of big rock/blues stars.

But more importantly, it's another reminder about the long term effects of not feeling loved as a child. Pattie seems to be a really nice, nurturing person who tried to take care of George Harrison and then Eric Clapton. Unfortunately, her own self esteem was not high due to feeling rejected by her parents as a child when she attended boarding schools, being shuffled around while her mother sorted out
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george
I was very interested to read Boyd's autobiography, as I am very interested in the "behind-the-scenes" of celebrities, particularly rockstars. Not necessarily because I think they are extraordinary people, but because of their unlimited access.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The writing was flat-out bad. There's no other way to describe it. It amazes me that there was a co-writer because all of her stories were jumbled together and she zipped forward and backward in time nonstop. Her lif
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Casey C
I loved reading this autobiography and would definitely recommend it to a friend interested in The Beatles, Eric Clapton, the sixties, and of course Pattie. Pattie tells the story of her life in the most beautiful way, rather than just listing the events like a bland timeline she recalls her past using figurative language, a mix of formal and informal diction as well as both short and long syntax. We can see long and beautiful imagery being used when she's describing the setting at some point in ...more
Renee
I read this book in about 3 days. It was a simple read, but it was badly written. I felt as though I was reading a high school biography report. She has a great story and a really wonderful life, but the way she wrote about it was so sporadic and random. After I had finished reading it, I thought about it and it really was just a terrible book. Her pictures were cool and every couple of paragraphs I liked but for the most part I just didn’t enjoy it. I finished it only to find out how she spent ...more
Rosemary
Wow, Pattie Boyd has had an amazing life. The people she has met, and the things she has done are incredible. One instance that stuck out to me was when she and a boyfriend introduced themselves to Rudolph Nureyev in a coffee shop and were then invited back to his flat! The majority of the book, unsurprisingly, focuses on her marriages to George Harrison and Eric Clapton. I think that any Beatles fan would appreciate this book, probably Clapton fans too, there are some great little anecdotes in ...more
chucklesthescot
May 01, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Beatles,celebrity gossip
Shelves: entertainment, true
Pattie Boyd talks of her modelling career and being married to two rock icons-George Harrison and Eric Clapton.She discusses Beatlemania,drugs and the constant infidelity from George which drove her into the arms of his best friend.
I was expecting a lot more from this book and I was a bit disappointed with it.She is a bit vague on detail for the bits you want to read more about and in some parts it seems to just drift along aimlessly.I much preferred Cynthia Lennon's book John.
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“On first impressions, John seemed more cynical and brash than the others, Ringo the most endearing, Paul was cute, and George, with velvet brown eyes and dark chestnut hair, was the best-looking man I'd ever seen. At the break for lunch I found myself sitting next to him, whether by accident or design I have never been sure. We were both shy and spoke hardly a word to each other, but being close to him was electrifying.” 6 likes
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