Thursday, April 24, 2008
On December 2, 2006, the Daily Mail reported that Heather Mills was attempting to purchase tapes of interviews with Paul McCartney's stepsister Ruth from 1994. The tapes allegedly contained lots of dirt that would damage Paul McCartney's position in his divorce proceedings. The person who interviewed Ruth McCartney and had possession of the tapes was none other than Geoffrey Guiliano.
Guiliano has written numerous books on the Beatles, several of which have created controversy.
His biography "Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney" was far from a tribute. Paul even specifically refuted the Guiliano claim that John Lennon had stuck his foot through McCartney's favorite painting in a fit of rage. Also in the book, Guiliano describes a stoned Wings guitarist Jimmy McCulloch so filled with hate toward the McCartneys that he had aimed and squeezed the trigger of a .22 caliber handgun at Paul's EYE as he lay sleeping. McCulloch let go of the trigger just before the gun fired.
Guiliano is no fan of Yoko Ono either. One of the photo captions in "Blackbird" says, "Forget anything you've read to the contrary. Yoko Ono is definitely the person who contributed more than any other to the unhappy breakup of the Beatles." He also hints that Yoko was somehow responsible for Paul being busted in Japan in 1980.
One of his John Lennon books is supposedly based on lost Lennon diaries that he received from Harry Nilsson, who was also dead when the book came out.
When critics suggest that Guiliano is making up these stories just to get the money, he defends himself by saying that he is already independently wealthy and has no need to lie just for the money.
It was Guiliano who wrote the biography "The Private Life of George Harrison." His penchant for misleading his interview subjects and trying to find every little piece of dirt, much of it without any proof, prompted George Harrison to sarcastically say, "This guy knows more my life than I do." In typical Giuliano fashion, the author put that quote on the cover of his book where it appeared to be an endorsement. An angry Olivia Harrison in 1992 told the Guardian, "like a starving dog he [Giuliano] scavenges his heroes, picking up bits of gristle and sinew along the way."
Guiliano's George Harrison biography also contained the infamous picture of George Harrison and his wife Olivia, along with "Legs" Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, and London Gallery owner Mary Tambini. The picture was taken at George's Friar Park Home and on the wall behind them we see a picture of Adolf Hitler.
He seems to love the words "Lost" and "Secret" in his books and many of his rock biographies read like conspiracy theories. One very bizarre chapter in his life occurred in September of 2001 when this item appeared in the usually reliable Abbeyrd Beatles News Site.
Beatle author among victims in World Trade Center attack (9/15/01)
Author Geoffrey Giuliano was among the victims in the World Trade Center attack, according to his publisher, Indigo Editions. Here's the text of an email received by both Brad Howard of the World Beatles Forum and Marsha Ewing of Instant Karma magazine. We also received a note from one of Giuliano's representatives confirming his death:
"Indigo Editions today formally announces the death of author Geoffrey Giuliano in the tragic attack on the World Trade Center in New York on his 48th birthday, September 11, 2001. He is survived by his wife Vrnda and four children. No body has been recovered. An Indian funeral is planned near New Delhi.
Brad Howard tells us his publisher had confirmed that Giuliano had just finished another Beatles book called "Revolution." Our condolences to his family.
This news item copyright Abbeyrd's Beatles Page
Like Mark Twain and Paul McCartney before him, rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated.
He has another side to his life as a a supremely confident being and devotee of Krishna. This article from Viaschnava News will give you an idea of how he fits in with that movement. For more information about the corruption in the Iskcon movement, I would suggest the book "Monkey on a Stick: Murder, Madness, and the Hare Krishnas" by John Hubner.
Another thing you might want to know about Geoffrey Giuliano is how he feels about "Paul Is Dead" theorists. Once again from "Blackbird" Giuliano wrote, "It was at this time that the reprehensible 'Paul Is Dead' notion was born, providing virtually unlimited fodder for a legion of pot-smoking idlers around the globe to further squander their limited lifetimes from that day to this."
As one of my readers pointed out, this page on Geoffrey Guiliano's web site uses a title we have seen before.
So, we have a guy who has a lot of money. He has a pretty big ego too. He has spent a lot of time with insiders (Ex-Wings Denny Laine and Steve Holly contributed the Introduction and Afterword respectively to "Blackbird"). He is into conspiracy theories and even had his own little death rumor going for a while. He says nasty things about Apple and they say nasty things about him. He sometimes misleads, twists things, and has been accused of lies. Yeah, you're right. There is no way a person like that could have anything to do with Iamaphoney.
Thanks to Aja, 65If2007 and other anonymous readers for the comments that led to this post.