George Harrison “spiritual biography” a must-read

George Harrison

by Dave Carew

Imagine if your life were like this:

* You wake up at the age of twenty, and find yourself one of the most famous people in the world;

* Virtually every celebrity on earth wants to know you;

* When your world-famous band stops touring, you are all of twenty-three. When it disbands forever, you are barely twenty-seven.

These are key aspects of George Harrison’s early life. And for a fiercely independent and contemplative person like Harrison, the vacuity of mega-fame and wealth at such an early age led to a profound search for deeper meaning, for a spiritual direction that would fulfill him as fame and riches did not.

How he pursued that alternative path forms the heart and soul of Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison by Gary Tillery.

The enormous value of Tillery’s work is that it provides a concise (156 pages, minus end-notes) look at Harrison’s entire life, and does so through the prism of what mattered most to the ex-Beatle: mystical spirituality and God consciousness, or what Harrison termed in one of his songs “the inner light.”

As a Beatles fan(atic) who has read ten times more about “the Fabs” than has been written, I particularly appreciated that Working Class Mystic time and again revealed facts and insights about George Harrison I’d never previously encountered. I also benefited greatly (as I believe others will) from Tillery’s clear illumination of core aspects of Hindu philosophy and spirituality, keys to unlocking the secret of Harrison’s inner life.

All in all, I’d place this biography in the “must-read” category not only for every Beatles fan (read: virtually every person on earth), but, as importantly, for everyone who enjoys contemplating and seeking after spiritual revelation.

GARY TILLERY is also the author of the acclaimed John Lennon: The Cynical Idealist.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the acclaimed novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at and Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.


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