“I STAY HOME AND WATCH THE RIVER FLOW”: LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF I ME MINE, SIGNED BY GEORGE HARRISON
HARRISON, George. I Me Mine. Guildford, Surrey, England: Genesis, (1980). Octavo, publisher’s three-quarter brown morocco gilt, raised bands, red morocco spine label, mounted red morocco gilt cover design, pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt, original slipcase, original shipping carton.
Signed limited first edition, number 1560 of 2000 copies signed by George Harrison, with tinted frontispiece and backpiece, 17 in-text illustrations, 49 photographic plates, including one folding, and facsimiles of original manuscript lyrics for 83 songs. In original slipcase, shipping carton.
Derek Taylor, whose interviews with Harrison appear in the book, noted that this former Beatle’s only autobiographical book had a “sly paradox of a title, chosen by a man concerned for many years and for many reasons to send his ego packing… a book which tells a story of growing up, not necessarily the hard way, but certainly not the easy way.” Once considered the quiet Beatle, Harrison, with his “signature guitar style, owing both the blues and early rock and roll, gave the Beatles’ music a distinctive character” (NPR). As a Beatle and then as a solo artist, “Harrison blended earthy Roots tones with droning eastern influences and cascading melodies… The sound was organic and blooming, huge yet worldly. His songs unfolded unpredictably and took the listener to unfamiliar sonic regions. Music enthusiasts credit him for integrating eastern sounds into western music (Rolling Stone). Harrison complements recollections of his career with facsimiles of his original manuscript lyrics for 83 songs, including “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something,” annotating each with the story behind its creation. This signed limited edition is “an exquisitely packaged confection of thoughts, memories, snapshots and, above all, lyrics” (Daily Telegraph). Original publisher’s letter to subscribers and order slip laid in.
A fine signed copy, scarce in original slipcase and original shipping carton.