Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Holly Stephey Talks to Gary Tillery about his new book "Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison"

Lots of thing happening at "Red Velvet Media" And " Red Velvet Media Blogtalk Radio"..

Wednesday I will be interviewing Gary Tillery with his new Book On George Harrison and then Friday Talking to Bebe Buell about her new LP Hard Love!

Tune in tomorrow Wednesday September 14, 2011 as Holly Stephey talks to Gary Tillery about his new book on
George Harrison entitled "Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison"

Book Available November 2011 at Quest Books

John Lennon called himself a working class hero. George Harrison was a working class mystic. Born in Liverpool as the son of a bus conductor and a shop assistant, for the first six years of his life he lived in a house with no indoor bathroom. This book gives an honest, in-depth view of Harrison’s personal journey— from his blue-collar childhood to his role as a world-famous spiritual icon.

Author Gary Tillery’s approach is warmly human and free of the fawning but insolent tone of most rock biographers. He frankly discusses the role drugs played in leading Harrison to mystical insight but emphasizes that he soon renounced psychedelics as a means to the spiritual path. It was with conscious commitment that Harrison journeyed to India, studied sitar with Ravi Shankar, practiced yoga, learned meditation from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and became a devotee of Hinduism.

George worked hard to subdue his own ego and to understand the truth beyond appearances. He preferred to keep a low profile, but his empathy for suffering people led him to spearhead the first charitable rock-and-roll super event. And despite his wealth and fame, he was always delighted to slip on overalls and perform manual labor on his grounds. At ease with holy men discussing the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, he was ever the bloke from Liverpool whose father drove a bus, whose brothers were tradesmen, and who had worked himself as an apprentice electrician until the day destiny called.

Tillery’s engaging narrative depicts Harrison as a sincere seeker who acted out of genuine care for humanity and used his celebrity to be of service in the world. Fans of all generations will treasure this book for the inspiring portrayal it gives of their beloved “quiet” Beatle.

A native of the Southwest, Gary Tillery was born in Phoenix in 1947. In 1968-69 Tillery served in Vietnam with the United States Air Force. His enlistment over in 1970, he returned to Phoenix and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree from the American Graduate School of International Management.

Other titles by the author:

The Cynical Idealist:
A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon
John Lennon:
The Cynical Idealist (CD)