ABRAMS announced today that the company has signed an agreement with George Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison, to publish the life of her late husband in pictures–Living in the Material World: George Harrison, named for Harrison’s solo album of 1973. The deal was negotiated by ABRAMS’s editor in chief, Eric Himmel, and Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency. Living in the Material World will be created by Olivia Harrison and edited by Mark Holborn, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese and an introduction by Paul Theroux. The book is scheduled to be published this fall to coincide with the release of Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the same name.
Living in the Material World draws on Harrison’s personal archive of never-before-seen photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia to reveal the full arc of his life, including his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, the astonishment of the Beatles years–illustrated with George’s own photographs–and his days as a solo musician and bohemian country squire. It also chronicles his lifelong commitment to Indian music and his adventures as a movie producer and member of the Traveling Wilburys. The book will be filled with reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, among them Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George’s family.