Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New biography spotlights "Day in the Life" inspiration Tara Browne

Beatle friend and heir to the Guinness beer fortune, Tara Browne was the Swinging London figure whose death in a car accident inspired John Lennon's lyrics to "A Day in the Life."

Now Browne's story is the subject of a first full-length biography "I Read the News Today, Oh Boy," by British writer Paul Howard.

Details:
Few people rode the popular wave of the sixties quite like Tara Browne. One of Swinging London's most popular faces, he lived fast, died young and was immortalized for ever in the opening lines of 'A Day in the Life', a song that many critics regard as The Beatles' finest. But who was John Lennon's lucky man who made the grade and then blew his mind out in a car?
Author Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times: racing car driver, Vogue model, friend of The Rolling Stones, style icon, son of a peer, heir to a Guinness fortune and the man who turned Paul McCartney on to LSD.
I Read the News Today, Oh Boy is the story of a child born into Ireland's dwindling aristocracy, who spent his early years in an ancient castle in County Mayo, and who arrived in London just as it was becoming the most exciting city on the planet.
The Beatles and the Stones were about to conquer America, Carnaby Street was setting the style template for the world and rich and poor were rubbing shoulders in the West End in a new spirit of classlessness. Among young people, there was a growing sense that they could change the world. And no one embodied the ephemeral promise of London's sixties better than Tara Browne.
Includes a sixteen-page plate section of stunning colour photographs.

You can read an extract from the book here.

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