Geoffrey Giuliano

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Geoffrey Giuliano
Born (1953-09-11) September 11, 1953 (age 65)
Rochester, New York, United States
OccupationActor, author, artist, fashion designer, social activist
Websitewww.geoffreygiuliano.net

Geoffrey Giuliano (born September 11, 1953)[1] is an American author, radio personality, and film actor, best known for his biographies of the Beatles members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, and of musician Pete Townshend. He is also known for his involvement in the Mclibel case.

Biography[edit]

Giuliano was born in Rochester, New York[1] and raised in the villages of Albion and Olcott Beach, New York. He was the youngest of five children. His father, Joseph Robert Juliana, was a heating contractor. He and his mother, Myrna Oneita Juliana, moved to Tampa, Florida when he was twelve. There, he first became interested in acting, Vedic philosophy and fine art seriography.

He was born "Jeffrey Joseph Juliana", but later adopted "Geoffrey Giuliano" as a pen name. In 1997, he changed his legal name to "Jagannatha Dasa".[2] For a brief period, the honorific title of "Puripada" was awarded him by several Indian yoga students, but Giuliano ultimately rejected the title as inappropriate.[3]

Giuliano attended Madison Junior High School, H.B. Plant High School and Hillsborough Community College (all in Tampa).[citation needed] In the mid-1970s, he graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport and began working as an actor.[3]

Literary work[edit]

Giuliano has written extensively on popular music, particularly the Beatles. By 1999, he had authored 20 books, including Dark Horse: The Private Life of George Harrison (1990) and Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney (1991). Rolling Stone magazine described Dark Horse as "evenhanded and soundly researched",[3] while Barry Miller of Library Journal said it was "a revelatory biography of the elusive Harrison and his constellation of secular and spiritual interests, passions, pursuits, friends, and loves ... Harrison's own autobiographical I, Me, Mine is unsurpassed for the song-by-song explication, but Dark Horse should be its on-shelf companion."[4]

In an interview for The Guardian in September 1992, Giuliano offended George Harrison's wife Olivia by referring to the Beatles as "real shits in real life" and dismissing Paul McCartney as "just shallow and vacuous".[5] On October 5 that year, The Guardian published a letter from Olivia Harrison in which she wrote that "like a starving dog he [Giuliano] scavenges his heroes, picking up bits of gristle and sinew along the way."[6][7] She also complained about Giuliano's use of a quote by Harrison on the cover of Dark Horse, saying: "My husband once made the remark: 'That guy knows more about my life than I do.' Giuliano missed the joke and used it to endorse his book."[7] When interviewed in Los Angeles on December 14, 1992, Harrison said of Giuliano: "Yeah, I met him briefly. I have no way of recalling what year it was. I met him at the home of "Legs" Larry Smith for possibly thirty minutes."[8]

Giuliano's Pete Townshend biography, Behind Blue Eyes, was published in 1996 by Dutton Books. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly said that Giuliano "peels away the layers of Townshend's public persona to find a complex, passionate man who is full of contradictions" and described the book as a "penetrating look" at the musician's life.[9] Booklist commented that Behind Blue Eyes covered the subject's rock-star excesses, his spiritual preoccupations, and "lots of overintellectualizing about rock", adding: "In other words, this is the perfect Pete Townshend bio."[10]

Giuliano's biography of John Lennon, Lennon in America: 1971–1980 (Cooper Square Press, 2000), was controversial. Giuliano said the book was based in part on transcripts of Lennon's diaries given to him by the late American singer Harry Nilsson and on audio tapes recorded by Lennon. Several people close to Nilsson said they did not believe that he ever had the transcripts in his possession; others familiar with the journal and the tapes disputed the accuracy of Giuliano's interpretation.[2] Writing in The Washington Post, David Segal described Giuliano's text as "a highly critical, luridly detailed account"; he quoted Giuliano's response when he was asked to corroborate his claim that Nilsson gave him the diaries: "It's obvious that I'm going to do things in an ethical manner." Steven Gutstein, a former New York assistant district attorney who read the diaries during an early 1980s larceny lawsuit, recalled that they contained "a lot of philosophical musings combined with mundane details of everyday life".[11] Colin Carlson of Library Journal said of Lennon in America, "Non-fans will be put off by this image of Lennon as cad, drug addict, and paranoiac; this often sensationalized account is for voyeurs and fans with deconstructive tendencies and is one of the best, most detailed books available on this subject."[12] Less impressed, a Publishers Weekly reviewer commented, "If Giuliano's own double-talk isn't enough to diminish this work's credibility, his endless, voyeuristic descriptions of Lennon's sexual encounters are."[13]

In April 2009, The Daily Telegraph in London reported that Giuliano was instructing lawyers to file suit against Julia Baird, Lennon's half-sister and the co-author of his book John Lennon, My Brother. Giuliano maintained that Baird had based her 2007 book Imagine This, which was being adapted for screen as the Miramax film Nowhere Boy, on material he had gathered in their earlier collaboration. Giuliano stated that his lawsuit would request the recall and destruction of Baird's book, as well as a halt to the production of Nowhere Boy.[14] The following month, Kevin Loader, the film's producer, commented on the story: "It's nothing to do with us. I haven't heard from anyone's lawyers."[15]

In early 2010, Giuliano set about re-launching his literary career, founding Icon Editions[16] to publish his extensive backlist and several new books authored with his middle daughter, Avalon Oneita Juliana. The author redesigned, updated and re-recorded his 200-plus audio books for download. Another Giuliano endeavor is to get Lennon in America made into a feature film.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney
  • The Lost Beatles Interviews
  • Dark Horse: The Private Life of George Harrison
  • Behind Blue Eyes: The Life of Pete Townshend[17]

Films and other media[edit]

Giuliano co-directed the DVD The Beatles: A Celebration. In 2005, he played a supporting role as pirate Captain Li in a made-for-television film that aired on the Hallmark Channel cable network called Mysterious Island. Since that time he has co-starred in Mechanic Resurrection, also in Scorpion King 3 and the costume drama Vikingdom. In August 2010, Guiliano was quoted by CNNGO.com as stating: "In Thailand, there are no more than perhaps five real professional (foreign) film actors, in a sea of aging psychotic steroid-junkie gym rats, towering old queens in love with Judy Garland, out-of-work English teachers who acted a bit in high school and other assorted human oddities."[18]

On November 19, 2005, the film Stoned: The Wild & Wicked World of Brian Jones premiered in London. The film was "based on and inspired by" Guiliano's book Paint It Black: The Murder of Brian Jones, as well as Terry Rawlings' Who Killed Christopher Robin and Anna Wohlin's The Murder of Brian Jones.[19][20]

As a singer-songwriter, Giuliano has released two CDs: Chocolate Wings (2001) and the Indo-fusion work God Dwells Within (2006).[citation needed] Giuliano's website includes a song called "Food for All/Homes for All", which he co-wrote with former Moody Blues and Wings guitarist Denny Laine. According to the website, the song was recorded at Mark Recording Studios in Clarence, New York by Laine, Richie Havens, Ginger Baker and Ben E. King.

In late 2005 Giuliano was hired by an American radio syndicator, Laurence Kahn of KGB Radio, to host a series of two-hour radio shows. Titled Geoffrey Giuliano's Roots of Rock, the shows aired on more than 60 stations in the United States and Canada. The program highlighted classic rock acts such as the Beatles, U2, and Jimi Hendrix.[21]

Ronald McDonald and animal rights[edit]

Giuliano worked for an advertising agency, Vickers & Bensons in Toronto, Canada, portraying the McDonald's advertising figurehead Ronald McDonald for "basically a year and a half" for "The Ronald McDonald Safety Show".[22] A statement, dated "Fall/Summer 1990", in which Giuliano decried "concerns who make their millions off the murder of countless animals and the exploitation of children for their own ends" was submitted on behalf of the plaintiffs in the 1991 "McLibel" case in London.[22] Giuliano also played the Marvelous Magical Burger King for the Burger King Corporation.

Giuliano has been a vegetarian since 1970.[22][23] In 2001, Giuliano published Compassionate Cuisine, authored by his then-wife, Vrnda Devi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b tell Tell Me What You See - Biography - A Brief Life Sketch of Geoffrey Giuliano/Jagannatha Dasa, downloaded from internet on May 13, 2011
  2. ^ a b Heaney, James (May 28, 2000). "Lennon, Imagined". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Michelmore, William V. (August 30, 1999). "Renowned Rock Biographer Reincarnates as Hindu Leader". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on May 28, 2000. Retrieved February 28, 2019 – via Vaishnava News.
  4. ^ "Dark Horse: The Private Life of George Harrison" > "Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  5. ^ Badman, Keith (2001). The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970–2001. London: Omnibus Press. p. 486. ISBN 978-0-7119-8307-6.
  6. ^ Woodward, Will (December 31, 1999). "'Mrs George' Shares Husband's Interests". The Guardian. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Badman 2000, p. 487.
  8. ^ Glass Onion: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Geoffrey Giuliano and Vrnda Devi, Da Capo Press, published 1999, pp. 179-180.
  9. ^ "Behind Blue Eyes: The Life of Pete Townshend". publishersweekly.com. November 1996. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "Behind Blue Eyes: The Life of Pete Townshend (Revised ed. Edition)" > "Editorial Reviews". Amazon.com. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Segal, David (April 18, 2000). "Lennon's Disputed Days in the Life; Yoko Ono Spokesman Rejects as 'Fiction' Bio Allegedly Based on Ex-Beatle's Lost Diaries". The Washington Post. p. C01. Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  12. ^ Book Review, Lennon in America, Library Journal, May 1, 2000
  13. ^ Book Review, Lennon in America, Publishers Weekly, May 1, 2000
  14. ^ Eden, Richard (April 4, 2009). "John Lennon Film Sparks 'Plagiarism' Lawsuit". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  15. ^ Renzetti, Elizabeth (May 9, 2009). "The mixed-up boy who would join Sgt. Pepper's band". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-03-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-553-52589-2
  18. ^ Wanted: Bangkok actor. Must be patient, modest, and willing to work for peanuts | CNNGo.com [1]
  19. ^ Stoned (movie review) March 24, 2006]
  20. ^ Stephen Wooley on Stoned by Chris Payne, Channel4.com
  21. ^ "Geoffrey Giuliano's Roots of Rock". geoffreygiuliano.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
  22. ^ a b c [2] "Confessions Of a Corporate Clown," McSpotlight.org website][unreliable source?]
  23. ^ "Clowns - Ronald McDonald". TV Acres. Archived from the original on 2013-01-05. Retrieved 2007-02-08.

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