Best Classic Bands site reports that George Harrison will be the subject of a new biography coming from acclaimed Beatles biographer, Philip Norman. The book will be titled George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle.
It is described as a rare and revealing portrait of the most misunderstood and mysterious Beatle, and is based on decades-long research and unparalleled access to inside sources. The publishing date is set for October 24, 2023, from Scribner in the U.S. and Simon & Schuster in the U.K. Norman is the author of the New York Times bestseller John Lennon: The Life and the million-copy selling Shout!: The Beatles in Their Generation.
In its announcement, the publisher notes: “Despite being hailed as one of the best guitarists of his era, Harrison, particularly in his early decades, battled feelings of inferiority. He was often the butt of jokes from his bandmates owing to his lower-class background and, typically, was allowed to contribute only one or two songs per Beatles album out of the dozens he wrote.”
Harrison composed such masterpieces as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Here Comes the Sun,” and his solo debut album, All Things Must Pass, achieved enormous success, appearing on many lists of the 100 best rock albums ever. Modern music critics place him in the pantheon of ’60s guitar gods alongside Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, and Jimmy Page.