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Wonderful Tonight

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  9,234 Ratings  ·  934 Reviews
Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me - or Wonderful Today: The Autobiography, as it was titled in the United Kingdom - is the 2007 autobiography of former fashion model turned photographer Pattie Boyd, written with Penny Junor
Hardcover, 321 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Crown Archetype
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
3.5 Stars

I typically only read and review romance and SMUT. Duh.

But if I'm reading any other genre, it's usually Biography, namely those related to sports and musicians.

Pattie Boyd, an English model, was the wife of two of the best musicians of all time: George Harrison of the Beatles and Eric Clapton, a solo artist and also member of bands such as Cream, the Yardbirds, and Derek and the Dominoes.

I have always loved the Beatles (how can you not?) and Eric Clapton (as a musician, not necessari
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Becky
Aug 26, 2007 Becky rated it did not like it
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
Nick Oliva
Jan 14, 2008 Nick Oliva rated it really liked it
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
Walter
Oct 24, 2007 Walter rated it it was ok
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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Erin
Mar 20, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: celeb-memoirs, memoir
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
Mar 17, 2008 Marcie rated it liked it
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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Andy
Oct 21, 2011 Andy rated it really liked it
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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Amy Formanski Duffy
Sep 07, 2007 Amy Formanski Duffy rated it liked it
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
Diane
Jul 14, 2008 Diane rated it it was ok
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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Jamie
Aug 25, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
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
Aug 07, 2008 Sonia Reppe rated it really liked it
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
Virginia 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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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)
Patti
Jun 06, 2015 Patti rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty boring. Took me 2 weeks to read it!

This sentence did me in. "I took Will's advice and went to see Karen, who was a dream analyst and astrologer as well as a psychotherapist." Really???
Deirdre Kelly
Dec 09, 2013 Deirdre Kelly rated it liked it
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
Jessica
Oct 22, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
Akaii
Sep 09, 2015 Akaii rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't usually read non fiction books but being huge fan of Beatles, I want to read every single thing related to them. Pattie was the muse of two such extraordinarily talented and creative musicians and having beautiful, powerful love songs written to her, she is one of the most iconic figure of 60's . I was always fascinated by the era of the late 60's/early 70's, the 'hippie culture' and Pattie was a great story teller for giving insight of that time.
It was a bit scattered, and littered wit
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Jennifer
Oct 30, 2007 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
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
Ann Moody
Jul 07, 2014 Ann Moody rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised how harsh people feel they need to be regarding this memoir. In all I found the writing to be easy to follow and interesting. We asked her to tell her story, and this is it, and while it left me wanting more, it was tasteful and told with affection and minimal criticism of many difficult people in Ms. Boyd's life.

As some other reviewers have noted, the timelines are choppy in many cases. There is a tendency to start on the tale of an event involving some person, then move off in th
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Leslie
Feb 12, 2008 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
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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Heather
Jan 29, 2008 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: any george harrison, eric clapton, or beatle fans.
Recommended to Heather by: My dad
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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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Michelle
Jan 06, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
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
Chris
Feb 11, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
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
Lise
Oct 15, 2013 Lise rated it did not like it
If you see me loitering in the biography section of bayside library, please hit me over the head with a shovel. Biographies are like Tim Tams for me .... I really should stop after one .. especially the rock star wife variety. This book was pretty boring, despite Pattie being the Muse for Eric Clapton and George Harrison who wrote one of my favourite songs "Something" about her. In a nutshell, George was distant but she regretted leaving him for the rest of his life, Clapton was really a shit wh ...more
Lisa
Jul 25, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2010 book club read - this was a bad book written by a lazy person. This was obviously only published because the "author" boinked George Harrison and Eric Clapton. It was great fodder for a fabulous book club discussion though!
Wendy
Jul 23, 2011 Wendy rated it it was ok
Interesting and often sad, but very poorly written, in my opinion. For such an interesting life, the book came across very boring for me - just bad writing. I guess I was just interested in talk of George and Eric and not really her. Oh well.
Felicia
May 18, 2016 Felicia rated it it was ok
I feel I have a lot to say about this memoir, I dog eared a lot of pages with ridiculous quotes and parts that made no sense which I will share at the end.

So I was interested in reading this as a Beatle fan and knowing practically nothing about Pattie Boyd but always had some curiosity because I knew next to nothing about her whereas I know quite a bit about Linda, Cynthia, and Yoko. Boyd tells a lot of stories that I've heard before that don't get more interesting the more I hear them especial
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Renee
Jun 20, 2009 Renee rated it did not like it
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
Rose
Jul 18, 2016 Rose rated it really liked it
A woman's life dating 2 pop stars in the 1960s and 1970s. A good read.
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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.” 10 likes
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