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April 8, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Pattie Boyd & Mitchell Kaplan
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH PATTIE BOYD
in conversation with
(Reel Art Press, $49.95)
Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Join us for an unforgettable evening as legendary model and photographer Pattie Boyd sits down with Books & Books founder Mitchell Kaplan to discuss her fascinating life, from her time as a muse to iconic musicians like George Harrison and Eric Clapton to her career as a talented photographer and author. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear from one of the most influential figures in music and culture.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
A deluxe visual treasure trove of photographs, letters, diaries and more from the iconic fashion model, photographer, wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, and one of the most famous muses of the 20th century
Pattie Boyd (born 1944) was at the epicenter of the London music and pop-culture scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Pattie Boyd: My Life in Pictures features over 300 photographs and artworks, with Boyd sharing full and intimate access to her personal archive for the first time. Former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Boyd is famously the inspiration for Harrison’s “Something” and Clapton’s “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Boyd’s love of photography developed around the time of her marriage to Harrison. She documented their life together, and later also her second marriage to Clapton, capturing a vast archive of images not just as part of two of the most famous marriages of all time, but also documenting their close friends and contemporaries, including Twiggy, David Bailey, Mick Jagger, Billy Preston and the Beatles.
Boyd’s archive also includes letters from her marriages and from friends, including John and Yoko. It includes diary entries, artifacts and artworks, most famously the original Layla album cover painting by Emile Frandsen. It features extensive photographs from her early modeling career for Vogue and Vanity Fair among other publications, giving a fascinating snapshot into the sea change that occurred in the modeling industry from the postwar demure black-and-white approach to the psychedelic, short-skirt, swinging ’60s. It includes portraits and photographs of Boyd taken by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, such as David Bailey, Eric Swayne, Terence Donovan, Robert Freeman and Robert Whitaker. The pictorial feast is further animated by Boyd’s accompanying stories and recollections.
About the Author:
Pattie Boyd is an English model and photographer who was married to Beatles member George Harrison. As one of the leading international models of the 1960s, she, along with Jean Shrimpton, was the embodiment of the British female ‘look’ of the era. Not only other popular models of the time, like Twiggy, were heavily influenced by her looks, she was also a muse to designer Ossie Clark, who named several of his designs ‘Pattie’. She was instrumental in the Beatles’ interest in Indian spirituality and had travelled to the country twice, once with her husband and another time with the Beatles. Boyd, who was married to guitarist Eric Clapton for a decade after splitting from Harrison, has been the inspiration for Harrison’s songs such as ‘I Need You’, ‘If I Needed Someone’, ‘Love You To’, ‘Something’ and ‘For You Blue’, as well as Clapton’s compositions like ‘Layla’ and ‘Wonderful Tonight’. She is also famous for her autobiography ‘Wonderful Today’ and her exhibition ‘Through the Eye of a Muse’. She co-founded the charity SHARP with Ringo Starr’s second wife Barbara Bach.