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 autumn 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.
ABRAMS president and CEO, Michael Jacobs, commented, “This is a publishing event that George’s fans all over the world have been waiting for. He was a touchstone for a generation, and we are thrilled to have been selected by Olivia Harrison to help bring this amazing and beautiful book about George’s life to the public.”
About Abrams & Chronicle Books
In July 2010, internationally acclaimed independent publishers, Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco, and Abrams, based in New York, announced a new partnership in the United Kingdom and European export markets. Based in London, Abrams & Chronicle Books, is headed by Managing Director Chuck Lang, and includes a staff of 12 sales and marketing professionals and a freelance sales team covering the Export markets. In addition to the Abrams and Chronicle lists, A&CB also distributes other fine illustrated Publishers such as Hardie Grant Books, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 5 Continents, and P Q Blackwell titles across the UK and International markets.