Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Muse Behind the Song: Pattie Boyd part I

I'd like to start off my first muse post on someone who I consider the greatest rock and roll muse of all time: Patricia Anne Boyd. A model during the sixties and seventies, Pattie was just 19 when she caught the eye of George Harrison on the set of The Beatles film A Hard Day's Night. From then on she was the inspiration for all the love songs George wrote: "For You Blue", "It's All Too Much", "I Need You", and "Something", among others. It seems that everyone who met Pattie fell for her charms, and her list of admirers included Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Ron Wood, Donovan, and Eric Clapton.
When they first met on the set of A Hard Day's Night. George ended up conveniently sitting next to Pattie during lunch.
Out on their first date. Brian Epstein also accomopanied them.

Publicity photo of their engagement.

On their wedding day: Jan. 21, 1966.


 Honeymoon in Barbados.

My two favorite shots of George and Pattie, taken at Kinfauns after announcing their engagement.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Behind the Rock and Roll Scene with Miss O'Dell

A rock muse in her own right, Chris O'Dell has led an amazing life, and she tells all about it in her new book: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved. Chris was first invited to work at Apple by Derek Taylor, and soon became a trusted personal assistant and tour manager for some of the most influential musicians of the sixties and seventies. She was also the inspiration for George Harrison's "Miss O'Dell" and Leon Russell's "Pisces Apple Lady." Her book comes out October 6th and promises to give a revealing glimpse to what happened behind the scenes with some of the greatest musicians of that time.

On tour with George Harrison.

Visiting with Maureen Starkey.

Backstage with Mick & Bianca.

 Wraped around Keith. Wasn't she one lucky chick.

Harry Nilsson's wedding.


With Roger McGuinn and Tina Fireston

Lunch (or dinner?) with John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, and May Pang.

Pictured here with George. Judging by his hair and clothes, around the time of the White Album. Or Let It Be. I'm not sure. Jeweler, I've failed.

The coveted backstage area with Bob Dylan. Chris is seen in the background (on the phone), busily working away.

(all photos from Miss O'Dell's website)
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