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I, Me, Mine

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,447 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Cherished by fans and collectors since its first publication in 1980, I, Me, Mine is now available in paperback. The closest we will come to George Harrison's autobiography, it features George in conversation with The Beatles' spokesperson Derek Taylor, discussing everything from early Beatlemania to his love of gardening. The lyrics to over 80 of his songs, many in his ow ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published March 8th 2007 by Chronicle Books (first published December 1st 1980)
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Lorraine
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Lars K Jensen
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-beatles, music
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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John
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Ben
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Immersed in the middle of In Search of Lost Time (about 2/3 into my second reading of The Guermantes Way) and stuck at the beginning of Robert Fagle’s translation of The Iliad: that pretty much sums up my reading life for the past two months. Not to get too personal, but 2016 has been a rather trying year and it has been difficult finding the desire or concentration to read lately, and I’ve found Homer and Proust to be particularly challenging to continue on with at this time. I felt I needed to ...more
Bruce
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was ok


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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poptastic, autobiogs
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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Paige
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit apprehensive about reading this because of the reviews I saw on Goodreads, but in my insatiable quest to soak up as much information about the Beatles (and my favorite Beatle) as possible, it was obvious I had to read this.
Anyone who knows anything about George "the quiet Beatle that never shut up" is that he wasn't one to talk about himself too much so of course this was bound to be hilarious, straight to the point, and more about the music than him.
Whatever this book is, I loved
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Nikki
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Daria Zeoli
Not your typical memoir, "I, Me, Mine" is comprised of some anecdotes and then, for 3/4 of the book, lyrics (handwritten and printed) and brief descriptions of Harrison's songs.

If you aren't well-versed on Beatles lore, you might be disappointed. I am, therefore I'm not. I wouldn't mind owning a copy of this book for the lyrics alone.
Simon Sweetman
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book when I first read it - some 20 years ago - and I really enjoyed revisiting it in "Extended Edition" form. Such a great, and understated concept.
Richard
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short bio, a collection of picture, song lyrics and the stories behind the songs.
If you like the Beatles, this books for you.
nuff said.
Amanda
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Chaz
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Meg
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a pleasantly surprising "quick read." The first part of the book (about 75 pages) was Harrison's recollections from childhood, Beatlemania, and his spirituality, with help from Dereck Taylor. Then some photos and then reprints of Harrison's lyrics and the stories behind those lyrics for about 80 songs. ...Now excuse me while I go give "All Things Must Pass" another listen!
John
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music-and-art
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.
B.J. Lee
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
very interesting to read about the "real" George who considers himself a gardener aboe all things.
Nessa Borealis
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Sweet George, in his own words. I especially loved the careful recollections of his songwriting...how the lyrics emerged and took shape.
Helynne
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“This book is the closest we will come to George Harrison’s autobiography,” a reviewer writes on the flyleaf of the book. Since this memoir was published originally in 1980 when Harrison still had 21more years of songwriting, performing, and recording left in his life, one cannot help but wish he had also given us a later written overview with a more complete portrait. But this funky memoire is a treasure in its own way. The title, taken from one of George’s original songs, refers to his decades ...more
Richard West
Probably the closest thing there will ever be to an autobiography by Harrison, the book basically consists of 3 parts - the first approximately 100 pages which is autobiographical, followed by a rather lengthy section of black-and-white photos followed by copies of handwritten song lyrics and a short commentary by Harrison about each one. If you're into his rambling on about Krishna and his Indian philosophy and religious outlook (based on that Indian philosophy) on life, you'll probably think h ...more
Tobin Elliott
Big! Rock! Book! number three.

I still have my much-battered, much slimmer 1980 version of this book (regrettably, not the limited edition one that was put out). Thirty-eight years later, here I am again, with a beautifully-made extended edition, essentially encompassing every song of his career.

Harrison's modest, everyman personality shines through on every page of the book. He was never my favourite of the four—that honour goes to their troubled front man, Lennon—and I could never buy into Harr
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Jnotes99
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I was a bit disappointed by this book. There was a small section of discussions with Derek Taylor that covered much of his life, but very briefly at best. This was followed by a group of pictures, which were interesting. The last, and largest sections were his song lyrics - typed out, and copies of the original scribblings, and a brief commentary on the songs themselves. While the song commentary was interesting, there was not much of it and the majority were the scribbles and typed lyrics which ...more
Jesse
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
George was very cool. The book is written in the form of conversations with its real author Derek Taylor, journalist and Beatles press officer/inner circler since their Britain days. George discusses his childhood and complains about Beatlemania, offering a few good stories taking place during the latter. As the youngest Beatle, it's amazing what George experienced at such a young age. Considering he could have contributed 100000 pages worth of material to this section, it's cool that he kept it ...more
Robert Monk
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read the original, but my lovely wife got me the Extended Edition for Christmas. Now, if you're looking for a good George Harrison biography, this is not the book for you. It opens with Hari musing on a few topics with friend Derek Taylor, but you're not really going to get any organized sort of history here. If, however, you want a lovely volume that reproduces George's hand-written lyrics, all the way to the end of his life (thus "extended"), along with a lot of commentary on the songs, I ...more
Woofer McWooferson
This book is an excellent glimpse into the man and his music. There are many pages of original handwritten lyrics on whatever was available.Likewise, there are many pages of photographs, several by German photographer and long-time fan and friend of tThe Beatles Astrid Kircher.

If you're looking for details of his Beatle George days, you'll not find that here. What you will find is much more in tune with the real George Harrison, a man for whom Beatle George was a costume he wore for a while.
Penny Ramirez
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nan Goerlitz
I read the "biography" part - about the first 90 pages - and then looked at the pictures and skimmed through the songs. I found myself longing for an accompanying playlist so that I could hear the songs at the same time.

I miss George Harrison. I didn't realize just how much, until I read this book.
Wendy Thomas
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I give this four stars because there are only about 79 pages of autobiography. The rest of the massive book presents his song lyrics and there are short paragraphs on what inspired him to write them. I would have liked more of a true autobiography. There are some good photographs as well.
Shannon DeRespino
George was truly one of a kind.
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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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“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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