Who was wonderful tonight written about
Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd3.5 Stars
I typically only read and review romance and SMUT. Duh.
But if Im reading any other genre, its 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 necessarily as a human being, per say). And I always find song inspirations to be fascinating.
Pattie was famously cited as being the inspiration for Clapton hits Layla (which he wrote when he was actively trying to steal Boyd from Harrison, LOL) and Wonderful Tonight, (after he jacked her ass and they were married) thus the book title, obviously.
Here she is with George:
And later, with Clapton:
As with any biography I rate/review, I am rating based solely on my level of enjoyment/entertainment.
Because you cant rate someones life.
Well, I mean, you can. But that would make you an asshole.
Regardless, I found this book to be very interesting on a superficial level. It was interesting to get some behind the scenes information about what was going on during some of the most exciting decades in music history. Now, who knows how accurate any these accounts truly are, but one thing was clear:
Boyd got cheated on. A LOT.
Seriously, I felt bad for ole girl.
According to this book, Harrison would bang other women right in their house. WHILE she was home. Sounds like a crappy romance novel, right?
And its common knowledge that Clapton not only cheated on her, but had a child with another woman while married to Pattie.
Some other interesting things in this book were, of course, the accounts of the rampant drug use and how this affected everyone, as well as the fact that Harrison stopped listening to or allowing the playing of any outside music after being accused of plagiarizing another artist.
Overall, I thought this was an entertaining read. The writing itself was kind of choppy and, as I said above, who knows how true everything in here actually is....but whatever!
All in all a decent read if you can get it for cheap.
And the moral of the story is:
Dont marry a famous musician.
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The Story of... 'Wonderful Tonight' by Eric Clapton
What did she ever create? She was only a wife, far less interesting than the great men she was married to. What we really need is a chord-by-chord analysis of the genius of Clapton, or another book of obsessive Beatles minutiae, preferably written by an overeducated white man — you know, someone who actually understands the music. Boyd — who spent part of her childhood in Kenya, the child of divorced parents who never had much money — visited the Maharishi with the Beatles; she whirled and twirled in chiffon dresses created by her friend, the quintessential rock-royalty designer Ossie Clark; she pranced and partied with the Rolling Stones. To have inspired Eric, and George before him, to write such music was so flattering.
It's one of the most romantic songs of all time, known for its distinctive guitar riff and emotional lyrics. But who did Eric Clapton write 'Wonderful Tonight' about and what came next?
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It was included on Clapton's album Slowhand. Clapton wrote the song about Pattie Boyd. Of "Wonderful Tonight", Boyd would say: "For years it tore at me. To have inspired Eric, and George before him, to write such music was so flattering. The group became his backing musicians for a surprise performance of "Wonderful Tonight" during their set.