Dream Weaver

Dream Weaver

A Memoir ; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship With George Harrison

Book - 2014
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"Music legend Gary Wright reflects on his professional collaboration, friendship, and spiritual journey with 'quiet Beatle' George Harrison, and releases for the first time a song they wrote together. Best known for his multi platinum hits 'Dream Weaver' and 'Love is Alive,' Gary Wright came to prominence as a singer and songwriter during the golden age of rock in the 1970s. What is not as well known to the public, however, is Wright's spiritual side. At the heart of this memoir is the spiritual conversion and journey that Wright experienced alongside his close friend George Harrison. Until Harrison's death in 2001, the two spent decades together writing songs, eating Indian fare, talking philosophy, and gardening. In addition to featuring lyrics to a never-released song cowritten by Wright and George Harrison in 1971, titled 'To Discover Yourself,' this memoir includes a cache of never-before-seen photos and videos. Also available is a deluxe e-book featuring an audio recording of 'To Discover Yourself'"--
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780399165238
Characteristics: 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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I enjoyed this well-written biography from '70s one-hit wonder ("Dream Weaver") Gary Wright. It is actually not fair to label Wright a "Johnny One Note." He had a productive career as a co-vocalist (he sang the high parts) and Hammond organ player for acid rockers Spooky Tooth before striking out on his own as a solo act for A&M Records. It was during this period that Wright befriended George Harrison while he was a session player on Harrison's ALL THINGS MUST PASS. The "Quiet Beatle" turned Wright onto Yogananda's AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF YOGI, which Wright credits with inspiring his mega-hit "Dream Weaver." Knowing very little about Kriya Yoga and Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship I found the second half of the book very interesting. It seems to me that Eastern esoteric religion provided an ambitious Wright with a way to cope with the cutthroat competition of the music industry.

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