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George Harrison title for Abrams
12.04.11 | Lisa Campbell
Abrams is to publish the life of Beatles guitarist George Harrison with never-seen-before pictures.
The publisher acquired world rights for the book, entitled Living in the Material World: George Harrison, from his widow Olivia Harrison.
Scheduled to be published this autumn to coincide with the release of Martin
Scorsese's documentary of the same name, the deal was negotiated by Abrams' editor-in-chief, Eric Himmel, and Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency.
Living in the Material World will be created by Olivia Harrison and edited by Mark Holborn, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese and an introduction by Paul Theroux.
The title draws on Harrison's personal archive of never-before-seen photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia to reveal the full arc of his life, including his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, the Beatles years—illustrated with George's own photographs—and his days as a solo musician and bohemian country squire.
It also chronicles his lifelong commitment to Indian music and his adventures as a movie producer and member of the Traveling Wilburys.
Abrams president and c.e.o, Michael Jacobs, said: "This is a publishing event that George's fans all over the world have been waiting for.
"He was a touchstone for a generation, and we are thrilled to have been selected by Olivia Harrison to help bring this amazing and beautiful book about George's life to the public."