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Far from being "the quiet one," George Harrison was a writer and arranger of terrific power and beauty, and his guitar playing was fundamental to the Beatles' sound and success. Now fully revised and expanded, this new edition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison is the most comprehensive evaluation of George Harrison's musical career ever published.

Treating each of Harrison's songs with unprecedented analysis, author Simon Leng reveals Harrison's eclectic approach from teenage Nashville twang through Indian raga, psychedelia, gospel, soul, and pure pop and thoroughly defines Harrison's role in the Beatles. First-hand accounts of the Concert for Bangladesh and the making of All Things Must Pass take the reader deep into the most fertile and controversial periods of Harrison's long solo career that culminated with Brainwashed.

Enhanced with insights from key figures who worked closely with Harrison throughout his extraordinary career, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is a remarkably stirring study and portrait of a great artist whose musical and spiritual quest changed the lives of millions of people around the world while redefining popular music and rock 'n' roll.

©2006 Simon Leng (P)2014 Simon Leng

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so sad - but all things must pass :)

Simon Leng has done an incredible job here in chronicling the musical life of George Harrison. Given the importance George placed on his spiritual quest and realisation and its link to Vedic music as a path to the Divine, Simon covers this aspect well too. Too many best bits to mention. It has accompanied me to and from work over the last month as I have been stuck in the traffic of the material world ;) Simon's narration is superb - I love that it has mistakes in it. I am SURE George would love the narration too and especially that the mistakes are included and not glossed over. It makes Simon's deep contribution to George's musical and spiritual odyssey Real. Aum Namah Parvataye! Siva Siva Shankara Namah Sivaya! ❤❤❤

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  • Conrad Wesselhoeft
  • 07-10-2014

Essential Harrison

What did you love best about While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

The author rolls back the long shadows cast by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and reveals George Harrison to be an artist and composer of the first rank.

What was one of the most memorable moments of While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

When the author tips us off to some of George's lesser-known gems, including "Long, Long, Long," "The Inner Light," "Your Love is Forever," and "Deep Blue."

Have you listened to any of Simon Leng’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he does a good job. He certainly knows his subject--and the music scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Few books about the Beatles accord Harrison the respect he deserves as a composer. Leng's book does so--and that makes it necessary and important.

Any additional comments?

For George Harrison fans, While My Guitar Gently Weeps is essential reading

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  • Nor'easter
  • 18-08-2014

Wonderful tribute to an underestimated musician

Where does While My Guitar Gently Weeps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is better than average

What was one of the most memorable moments of While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

Too many to name

Have you listened to any of Simon Leng’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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This is the best in-depth look at George Harrison's MUSIC-not his ex Beatle history- that Ive heard or read. Harrison's spiritual opus, All Things Must Pass is still relevant today, almost 45 years after it was recorded. Leng goes through every detail of ATMP, but he also follows Harrison into the 1990's and delves deeply into his more current tunes as well as his last concert. It is very evident that Leng is quite a Harrison fan. A great audio book for lovers of Harrison's music, wit and infinite compassion.

As an aside, one reviewer states that Leng is a horrible narrator. I disagree.

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  • A. K. Moore
  • 03-10-2016

Arguably the most under-rated Beatles book

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This is narrated by the author, who is not in the league of the professional narrators that the audible.com public is used to. That said, for non-fiction I'll pick the author every time, no matter how unprofessional. Case in point: Carole King. Her narration is the single worst on audible.com, but it only enhances the value of her book. Don't argue with me: to hear the author's voice - no matter how untalented he or she is at the craft of audiobook narration - has an intrinsic value that can neither be dismissed nor surpassed (we're talking non-fiction, not Roy Dotrice). Now, the content. For anyone interested in music, songwriting or arranging, this is a desert island book. If you came to be entertained, you're right - it's "boring" - and you, my friend, are a musical moron. This book traverses The Beatles' and Harrison's solo oevres with brutally objective commentary and insights that are offered nowhere - (and I do mean nowhere because I've read them all) else. Did you know who came up with the signature riffs of And I Love Her and It's Only Love? Yeah, you didn't, so take your less-than-five star reviews and live forever in infamy. At the end of the day (written after Harrison's death) this book tells it like it is - the good, the bad and the interesting - if you're seriously interested in understanding the most important musical phenomenon of the 20th Century, you can't not listen to this book.

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  • Johnathan
  • 04-03-2015

George Deserves a Better Narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Change the narrator!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

The material was dryly read, I would have to read the book rather than listen to it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Leng?

Eric Idle.

Could you see While My Guitar Gently Weeps being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

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The subject matter is most interesting to me that it is sheer disappointment that it wasn't read by a more professional narrator. Leng seems to struggle through his own material. Why didn't they bother to give him several takes to make a more fluid narration? It doesn't do George Harrison's legacy and music justice. He deserves much better.

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  • William G. Kirby
  • 01-03-2017

Huh ????

The information and insight on Harrison and his music is covered well... the audio edition is ridiculous . Simon speeds, stumbles and hesitates over the rocky road he creates trying to read this book. Full off mistakes, mumbles and words you can not make out. This audible should never have been released. A waste ...

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  • Randy
  • 06-05-2015

Good Information, Poor Delivery

This was an interesting and informative book that expands George Harrison's Career.
The fact that the author read it as if it were a text book made it boring at times. Little emotion and expression with many dry mouth portions show that the author should have passed it to a more experienced vocal reader.

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  • Donaldo
  • 31-12-2014

Horrible narration!!!

What disappointed you about While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

The narration was so amateurish as to be distracting from the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Catch A Wave

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By speaking.

But seriously, by mispronouncing then immediately repronouncing words, then moving on to the next incomprehensible, inverted inflection narrative. I found myself putting more effort into understanding the sloppy narration than I did following the points he was trying to make. Did anyone listen to this audiobook before it was published? Ever hear of editing and/or retakes?

What character would you cut from While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

As Bill O'Reilly has demonstrated over and over again with his inexplicably inept narration in his "Killing Narration" series of audiobooks, authors don't necessarily make the best narrators.

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  • K. Sayers
  • 22-06-2020

somewhat monotonous book poorly narrated

The author reads his own book. The book has a lot of information, but it isnt much of a story. tTje narrator makes mistakes in just about every sentence.

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  • Fred Lewis
  • 25-07-2019

Please re-record the audio

Read poorly. Errors are not edited out. Hard to listen to. The writing rambles in way to much with useless descriptive phrases.

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  • Jim Nunn
  • 03-07-2019

For the Harrison fanatic

I admire GH very much! but author was bit too "biased" EX: saying George was most important of 4 Beatles. GH was 1/4th of a remarkable phenomenon and I admire his talent and journey very much.... but....

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  • John
  • 12-03-2014

Why oh why

Oh dear, I was so looking forward to this book, but why oh why did the author think it a good idea to narrate it himself? Listening to him attempt to read what I presume he has written, took me back to those school days when a classmate would falter and stammer over the grammar on the written page. Excruciatingly embarrassing for all concerned as is this narration. I am sure the book contains some interesting insights into George Harrison but I am afraid I'll pass on this audiobook and buy the printed version. I cannot bring myself to listen to the painful rendition past chapter five!

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  • Clive
  • 13-01-2019

Awful

Any value this book may have had was ruined by the wholly inept reading. it was read, so very badly, by the author. Surely at some point his agent should have realised this was a big mistake and got a professional in: it's that bad, don't Audible have any quality control. There are false starts, hesitations, errors, poor and inappropriate inflexions. There are gaps of varying lengths between words, sentences, paragraphs: but only no gap at all between the last word of a chapter and the start of the next. The book may be better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2020

It may or may not be a good book

It may or may not be a good book but the narration is so bad I'm done within 25 minutes. He stutters and stop starts. There is little inflection in his voice and its like a school kid reading in a English class. Might be worth reading but it's awful for audio.

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  • eithne
  • 20-11-2018

Very boring to listen to

Should have listened to a previous review, but all other listens were very short. Had to stop half way into it as found the reader very monotonous, probably ok if you’re reading it yourself

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