By Pattie Boyd with Penny Junor
As rock wives go, Pattie Boyd has performed a tremendous service for the music-loving public.
She inspired George Harrison to write Something, the Beatles’ most widely covered song, after their marriage in 1966. Three years on, Mrs Harrison was so staunch in rejecting the advances of George’s best mate Eric Clapton that he slunk away and recorded Layla, the most potent expression of unrequited love in the rock canon.
Later, after a change of heart, divorced and remarried to her second superstellar lead guitarist, she prompted Wonderful Tonight. The fact that at the time he composed this mellow ode to his wife’s fabled beauty, Clapton was in his alcoholic phase, downing a couple of bottles of brandy a day, is just one of the reasons why a book in which Boyd finally spills the beans has been so eagerly anticipated.
Read the full review from the Sunday Times, London.