Saturday 6 APRIL7 pm – PALAZZO DELLA DOGANA, piazza XX Settembre 22, Foggia MEET THE AUTHOR
Pattie Boyd is known internationally as an award-winning photographer exhibiting her photographs around the world. Her back-story is an amazing tale of fame and glamour mixed with a little sadness as she shared her life with some of the most famous entertainers on the planet. Pattie was born in Somerset, England in March 1944. The eldest of six children, she was brought up in Kenya with lions and giraffe roaming in the garden. She left her boarding-school education to become a leading model on the Swinging 60s London scene in the early part of that decade. Pattie was pictured by all of the leading photographers of the day and graced the covers of the fashion magazines including several appearances on the front of Vogue. In 1964, Pattie accepted a cameo role in The Beatles’ first movie, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and it was on the film-set where she first met George Harrison. They wed in 1966 (Paul McCartney was the Best Man) and were married for ten years. Whilst married to George, Pattie was an integral part of some of the most pivotal Beatle events – she attended the Our World broadcast of All You Need Is Love in 1967. Through her interest in Eastern mysticism, she inspired all four Beatles to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London, also in 1967, which resulted in a visit to the Maharishi’s seminar in Bangor. Pattie also accompanied George on the Beatles’ visit to the Maharishi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India in 1968 during which The Beatles wrote many songs, the majority of which ended-up on The White Album later that year. Upon their return from India, John, Paul, George & Ringo convened at George & Pattie’s bungalow, KInfauns, and produced a set of demos of their new work which became a thing of legend for Beatle fans. The Esher Demos (as they became known) were finally commercially released in November 2018 as part of the 50th anniversary special edition of the celebrated double-album. Later, Pattie attended The Concert for Bangladesh, the fund-raising event which George arranged in New York City in 1971, starring Bob Dylan, Leon Russell and Ringo Starr amongst others alongside George himself. As her marriage to George dissolved, Pattie began a relationship with Eric Clapton and the couple eventually married in 1979. Whilst with Eric, Pattie lived the archetypal 1970s rock and roll lifestyle as she accompanied the guitarist and his band on massive world tours across all continents. This continued into the 80s with huge shows including Eric’s set at the Philadelphia Live Aid show in 1985. Pattie watched from backstage with friends Mick Jagger and Phil Collins as Eric played old favourites including ‘Layla’. It’s fair to say that Pattie has been the inspiration for some of the most beautiful love songs ever written – including Layla – and George’s masterpiece, Something. The title of Pattie’s autobiography Wonderful Today also alludes to the classic Wonderful Tonight that Eric Clapton wrote about her whilst she was getting ready for an evening out. Following the demise of her second marriage, Pattie immersed herself in her photography and began to expand her portfolio with a mix of shots of some of her friends such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jerry Hall alongside beautiful landscapes and imagery of ordinary folk from around the world whom Pattie had met upon her travels. Pattie had a legendary life: she was a world-famous model, muse of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, all before becoming a renowned photographer in her own right. Very prolific in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Pattie turned the camera to the other side, using her lens to portray the not-so-glamourous aspects of her life. Pattie Boyd’s work has been important in changing our perception of celebrity, making her one of the most iconic photographers in Britain.