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The new book “Pattie Boyd, My Life Through a Lens”, is being published March 2, 2021, via Simon and Schuster’s Insight Editions imprint.

It was originally scheduled for last April 7. At one point, that date was pushed back to Sept. 15, 2020. And on June 3, Boyd noted on her Twitter account that her “editor has been unwell and more work was needed with the finishing touches.” It’s available for pre-order HERE and HERE.

In addition to her photos, Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens will include drawings, paintings, and mementos, as well as her own memories collected from a life shared with pop culture icons.


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A book described as an “extraordinary visual memoir” is coming from perhaps the most famous muse of all time, Pattie Boyd. The model, photographer and author is, of course, the former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens, is being published April 7, 2020, via Simon and Schuster’s Insight Editions imprint.

It’s available for pre-order HERE:



Born in England on March 17, 1944, Boyd pursued a successful modeling career before meeting the Beatles’ George Harrison on the set of the 1964 film, A Hard Day’s Night. The two married when she was just 21, on January 21, 1966, and Boyd became a source of inspiration for Harrison’s songwriting, sparking his interest in meditation and Eastern philosophy.

She later became involved with, and married, Eric Clapton, inspiring legendary songs such as “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight.” As part of the rock and roll elite of the ’60s and ’70s, Boyd took countless portraits of some of the most well-known artists of the 20th century. Her photographs of the Beatles, Clapton, and other rock icons have been featured in various exhibitions throughout the world.

In addition to her photos, Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens will include drawings, paintings, and mementos, as well as her own memories collected from a life shared with pop culture icons.

Her memoir, Wonderful Tonight, debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list in 2007.


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On February 28, 1972, George and Pattie got into a terrible car accident, which almost proved fatal for Pattie. She suffered a concussion and several broken ribs. She spent weeks in the hospital.
In the late evening George and Pattie left their Henley home, Friar Park, in their white Mercedes en route to London to attend a Ricky Nelson party. At around midnight as they approached a recently opened roundabout George collided with a lamppost on a center barrier. Pattie was knocked unconscious when her head hit the windshield and she slumped over on the gear shift lever. George, with a bleeding head wound, had to climb over Pattie to get out through her door and signal for help. George and Pattie were immediately taken by ambulance to Maidenhead Hospital where they were treated for their injuries in the casualty department. George received stitches and was discharged from the hospital. Pattie was more seriously injured with a bad concussion and broken ribs. She was transferred to the nearby Nuffield Nursing Home in Fulmer, Slough for observation.

In the morning of the following day the Nuffield Nursing Home announced that Pattie was “quite comfortable” following the car accident the night before. Pattie remained under the care of the nursing home for two weeks recuperating from her concussion and broken ribs. George returned to Friar Park after being released from the hospital and cut his hair very short after the accident since a section of hair had to be shaved for his stitches.


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“I am extremely happy living in London and West Sussex with my property developer husband Rod Weston. But I feel very lucky, too, to have had the history I’ve had.
I took this picture of my first husband George Harrison when I went to India with The Beatles in 1966.
Being on a houseboat in Kashmir with floating gardens around us and Ravi Shankar teaching George to play sitar was wonderful. Then we went on to southern India.
George was lying back reflecting and didn’t know I was going to take the photo, but if I saw him looking beautiful I couldn’t resist photographing him.
I grew up in Kenya and loved how we used to find wild animals in our garden – I guess I later went on to wild men! This teddy bear was given to me by my grandmother when we were in Africa.
I brought him with me when I came to boarding school in England aged nine. I cried for the first few nights, as did the other girls – we hated being away from home.
But Teddy was my saviour, I told him all my secrets and dreams. He knows everything about me.

One afternoon Eric Clapton took me to his house in Surrey to listen to a song he’d written. He turned up the volume and played me the most powerful, moving song I had ever heard. It was Layla, about a man who falls hopelessly in love with a woman who loves him but is unavailable. Eventually the song got the better of me – I could resist him no longer and he became my second husband. I treasure this original artwork from the album because of its association with that special song he wrote about me.

I used to have two cats, and when they died I was so sad. I decided that I must have another animal and preferably one that is very low maintenance. So I got three alpacas, which sit in a field and eat grass all day long. They’re frightfully boring, but they look amusing. And then we got Freddie our Irish Terrier, who’s now four. He’s great fun and couldn’t be more charming and polite – he’s so friendly with everyone.

This antique music box has always meant so much to me because it was a Christmas present from Eric one year and was addressed to me, ‘From your darling songbird.’ When the lid opens, a little blackbird turns around and chirps the most beautiful sounds. He does it again, and then a gold mesh opens up and he goes back into his nest and the lid closes. It’s Swiss and made in the 1930s, and I’ve always thought it the most beautiful object. When I was modelling I started to think that I actually hated being in front of the camera and that the guys behind the camera were having far more fun and had more control of everything. I decided that’s what I wanted to do, so I watched many photographers and learned from them. I also started collecting cameras like this lovely old Rolleiflex that I bought in 1975.  I have since been on a photography course and I love shooting flowers and landscapes, wherever I travel.

Pattie’s next photography exhibition starts at Aalders Gallery in La Garde Freinet, southern France, on 18 June.