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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pattie Boyd Narrator: Pattie Boyd Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9780739358207
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An iconic figure of the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd breaks a forty-year silence in Wonderful Tonight 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 famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in A Hard Day’s Night. Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle—a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who’s who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George.

It was a sweet, turbulent life but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began “dearest l.”

“I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. ‘Did you get my letter?’... And then the penny dropped. ‘Was that from you?’ I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.”

For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison’s song “Something” and Clapton’s anthem “Layla,” has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking—and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you’ve been waiting for.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [T]he appeal of Wonderful Tonight is as self-evident as the seemingly simple but brash opening chord of 'A Hard Day’s Night'… a charming, lively and seductive book, and like all good memoirs it also works as a cultural history… The prose is clear and unpretentious, and although she writes candidly about the pain her husbands ’ infidelities caused her…this isn’t a bitter tell-all. There’s an aura of sweetness around Boyd’s approach. New York Times Book Review
  • A scrumptious memoir…There is exactly one big question for Ms. Boyd to answer here: What made her leave Mr. Harrison for Mr. Clapton, her husband’s close friend? To its credit the book answers that question plausibly and fully. The New York Times
  • They say if you can remember the '60s, you weren't really there. Well, Pattie Boyd was there, and she remembers it all." Wonderful Tonight "is a unique gospel of a turbulent time by someone who was in the very eye of the rock 'n' roll hurricane. Sydney Morning Herald
  • Pattie Boyd married two Sixties legends and inspired three of the era's greatest love songs, but life was far from glamorous. The ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton speaks out in this compelling autobiography. The London Sunday Times
  • There are so many wonderful stories in Pattie Boyd's life: Falling in love with a Beatle. Falling in love with another famous rock star, Eric Clapton, and being serenaded with 'Wonderful Tonight' . . . "But there is much that is excruciating in her life story." Boyd "was taught by her parents that she didn't deserve to be loved; she was told by her husbands that she wasn't worth very much, but here she is: not dead, not on drugs, not an alcoholic, but a survivor. London Daily Mail
  • Will thrill classic-rock buffs with a taste for scandal. Entertainment Weekly
  • Boyd finally answers some of those questions [about George Harrison and Eric Clapton]–but on her own terms. USA Today
  • Sixties model Pattie Boyd opens up about her rocky relationships with two of music’s most famed performers. Harper’s Bazaar
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Norton | 2/17/2014

    " What an interesting look inside the lives of two rock icons. The Beatles in India, the making of "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight," and "Old Love," she was there. And her perspective on the birth and death of Clapton's son, Connor, were especially insightful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vincent | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting, but poorly written. I just picked it up as I was leaving the library. I doubt I will finish it. It is not worth the time to finish. IF you want to read about famous singers etc, read Just Kids by Patti Smith, Wonderful tonight is awful, but Just Kids is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alana | 2/3/2014

    " A fascinating life Patti has had. Randomly told, it gives you some insight on the Beatles, the modeling industry, Eric Clapton, and the 60's & 70's era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 britt | 1/26/2014

    " ursula was right! this is a good book! when are they making it a movie? because they SHOULD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigha Bolton | 1/25/2014

    " Read this book in 2 days. Made me change my views of Eric Clapton, that's for sure. I think she always loved George. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Claney | 1/24/2014

    " Not very well-written, but what do you expect form a '60s model who was married to George Harrison and Eric Clapton? It was, however, a very interesting story. Some parts were skimmed over, but it was great to read about what people/events inspired some of the greatests songs to come out of that generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 1/24/2014

    " I didn't know who Pattie Boyd was before I read this book, but I enjoyed her account of life in the Beatles inner circle. I enjoyed reading the sequence of events during the 1960's and 70's (since I wasn't around). George Harrison rocks, I'm not so sure about Eric Clapton though, he sounds like a crazy drug addict. This book inspired me to watch It's a Hard Days Night and buy the White Album. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee | 1/18/2014

    " I read rather quickly through the first half of this book only to find it a little lacking in it's entirety. She seemed to live in a dichotomy. I'm not sure she has yet found herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kars Capino | 1/8/2014

    " Perez Hilton, Oh No They Didn't, TMZ and Facebook type of writing. A lot of name dropping. Amazing book if you like celebrity gossip and you're a Beatle fan. It even mentions how the Marcos government bullied the group when they Imelda was snubbed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Satenstein | 1/6/2014

    " This book so interesting - insider info about the Beatles, Eric Clapton, the Stones, and much more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Foxgrover | 12/30/2013

    " Incredibly stupid. She's a nit-wit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Renee | 12/25/2013

    " This book was great. Although I thought boo-hoo sometimes at what Pattie wrote it was a really good read and I learned a lot more about my favorite Beatles and musicians. Awesome awesome book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merenwen | 9/16/2013

    " The photos are fantastic. Plus, I love how she said that people often act the way they do because of the way they were brought up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vani | 9/12/2013

    " It was an exciting book. She sounds like a fun person to hang out with! I liked hearing about all the rock stars she hung out with. It was a cool book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanne Baskin | 5/31/2013

    " This was not a very well-written book, and honestly it didn't make this woman out to be anything but a total mooch. There was some interesting parts of the story (details of her marriage to George Harrison, for example), but I honestly cannot recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Clawson | 2/23/2013

    " A very nice, professional, better written, and still sad complement to Clapton's autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/14/2012

    " So you bedded George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Go Layla. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 10/12/2012

    " Entertaining and heart breaking. Clapton is a bigger jerk than he admits to being in his own book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Floyd | 5/20/2012

    " Good easy entertaining read. Learned a lot about what went on in their lives in the 60's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/17/2012

    " Interesting. But not terribly well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roni Millstine | 2/12/2012

    " This was definitely a 60's hippie-type story. The sad part was that it carried over into their later years. If you are of this generation, you might find it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 12/16/2011

    " Fun to read this and Clapton together! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Gaston | 6/18/2011

    " Hard to see how she was such a muse, if judged only by her writing, which is stilted and frequently boring, despite the interesting topics. She isn't unlikable, but I kept wanting the book to be over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/23/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK...to see what she has seen, and be where she has been. She IS the muse for some of the best songs in history, and to be there as rock and roll history was happening before her eyes... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/21/2011

    " Such an interesting story. Loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sobirming | 4/12/2011

    " loved the inside look into her life - I really enjoyed her book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 4/11/2011

    " How can you not read the book by the woman married to Clapton and Harrison! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vani | 4/1/2011

    " It was an exciting book. She sounds like a fun person to hang out with! I liked hearing about all the rock stars she hung out with. It was a cool book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 3/11/2011

    " Oh , the life-styles of the rich and famous ! Equal parts - Glam and NOT so glam . Although not a writer , I loved Pattie Boyd's tell all ( well maybe not ALL , darn it ! ) story of her life with George Harrison and Eric Clapton . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nora | 3/9/2011

    " Interesting book about an interesting woman married to two very interesting men. Quick read, cool photos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/5/2011

    " This book was a wonderful, easy read. It was amazing to read the story of a women who married two very famous and iconic music figures. Her truth is so amazing that it seems like it should be fiction. Also, the old photos of her and George Harrison and her and Eric Clapton are awesome! "

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