by Dale C. Allison, Jr - £19.99 Continuum International Publishing Group (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780826419170 | ISBN 10: 0826419178
From his days as the "quiet Beatle" to his successful and critically admired solo career, George Harrison produced a memorable body of music. His songs "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" are two of the Beatles' best, and beginning with his remarkable first solo album All Things Must Pass Harrison went on to become a musical pioneer, introducing a fusion of religious and spiritual convictions with mainstream rock and pop that continues to be popular today.
In this fascinating study, biblical scholar and Beatles fan Dale Allison traces George Harrison's religious pilgrimage from the Roman Catholicism of his native Liverpool right through to the philosophical Hinduism of his later life. By interpreting the fragmentary feelings, religious poetry and anxieties about life that are all present in Harrison's songs Allison sheds new light on the inner workings of one of rock's most influential and well-loved artists.
"What have we here? A delightfully revealing analysis of George Harrison's songs by a world-class religious scholar. An obvious labor of love, this book is as lively and enlightening as its subject matter warrants. Fans of the former Beatle are certain to learn things about his songs that no ordinary rock historian could teach them - and students of religion and culture will find a compelling introduction to a pop icon whose imaginative work merits serious attention. It is enough to catch more than a glimpse of that elusive inner light Harrison himself hoped we would see."
(Mark Allan Powell)
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