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Just in case you missed it, here’s my interview at @92Y with Anthony DeCurtis

#MJFam Michael: Yes, and after all that, the most important — most important: Stay humble. The humbleness that a child, like a new born baby has. Even though you become powerful or have power with people, with your talent .. like with what Michelangelo did with sculpting, you know, underneath all that be as humble as a child, as a baby, and be as kind and as giving and loving. They don’t become puffed up with pride.

Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001

There were limits, needless to say, to what Harrison would put up with. At the photo shoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ cover story pegged to ‘Cloud Nine,’ the photographer encouraged Harrison to move around a bit. Harrison, who was feeling tired and grumpy, made a few halfhearted efforts to twirl his arms and smile. When the photographer pushed him to do more, Harrison looked at him coolly and simply said, ‘I’m forty-four years old.’ In an effort to get him pumped up, the photographer’s wife said, ‘Don’t you want to be on the cover of “Rolling Stone”?’

That was a mistake. Harrison stopped the shoot, stood completely still and glared. The room was stone silent. All of Harrison’s casual downplaying of the Beatles evaporated, and he was now standing there, unmistakably, as one of the most famous men in the world. ‘Can I possibly tell you how little that means to me?’ Harrison then said, speaking very deliberately. ‘I’ve been on every magazine cover there is. I’ve been all over the world, and met every political and religious leader there is to meet, and none of them impressed me - let alone the world of pop music. The first person who ever impressed me was Ravi Shankar, because he helped show me a way beyond all that.’ “Don’t I want to be on the cover of ‘Rolling Stone’?” I couldn’t care less.’

The shoot wrapped up rather soon after those remarks, and everyone bolted out of that room as fast as they could. As the nearest representative of this magazine, I was moving down the corridor at a pretty brisk pace myself. Then Harrison called my name and came up to walk beside me. He took my arm and said, ‘I hope you weren’t offended by that.’ He broke into a smile. ‘That was for their benefit.’

—  Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, January 17, 2002

#MJFam Michael: When I come to town, I would love to see a children’s festival, to hear children’s choirs, uh, you know, pretty much present when I come to different countries, singing some of their favorite songs of mine. Uh, we should forge and create a children’s day, a celebration Internationally, where children are honored. Where parents can take their children to the movies or to the toy store or to the park. And that, alone, will create a bonding. Because the family bond has been broken. They don’t eat with their children or speak to their children much anymore, or mother their children. And I would love to see a celebration for children. Children’s Day; a holiday. We have Mothers Day, Fathers Day — no Children’s day. And, uh, I would love when I come to town just to see them sing songs, or a parade or something. I would love that.

Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001

#MJFam “When do you plan to release the charity song What More Can I Give?”

Michael: Well, it’s being, uh.. We’re putting the final voices on and, uh, it’s coming very, very soon. We’re putting it together now; the final touches. It’s a very important song for the world. To give some feeling and some loving and some caring to those people who were thrust into orphanage, uh, or just within a matter of seconds they lost their parents and their loved ones, you know?

Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001

#MJFam “and by the way, make sure the fans know, all tabloids should be out. Do not believe anything you read in a tabloid. It’s garbage and it’s junk. We should have a tabloid burning, like a big mountain — just set it afire.”

Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001

#MJFam Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001 

Anthony: “Do you think you’ll do another duet with Janet?”

Michael: I would love to! It depends on the song, the time. When she’s in one corner of the Earth, I’m in another place. It’s very rare that our ships pass in the night. So it’s not easy to do ‘cause we’re both very busy. But that would be very nice. I love working with her. She’s a true real professional and a wonderful sister.

#MJFam Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001 

"I like people who can make you laugh without using vulgarity, or bad words. For the kids, they’re for all different demographics, all the corners of the earth and he’s just a funny guy."

#MJFam Online Audio Chat with Anthony DeCurtis Oct 26 2001 

Anthony: Now, when you describe yourself as being tough on yourself during the recording process. How does that, you know… what is the process that you go to. If you think something isn’t quite what it ought to be or maybe you could do better or you know, maybe you want to move something in a new direction. You know, what is that like?

Michael: If I truly told you, I don’t know if the fans would like me anymore [giggles]. I’ve had musicians who really get angry with me because I’ll make them do something literally several hundred to a thousand times till it’s what I want it to be. Um, but then afterwards, they call me back on the phone and they’ll apologize and say, “you were absolutely right. I’ve never played better, I’ve done better work, I out-did myself,” is what they’ll say. And I say, “That’s the way it should be because you’ve immortalized yourself. This is here forever. It’s a time capsule.” It’s like Michelangelo’s work. You know, it’s like the Sistine Chapel, it’s here forever. Everything we do should be that way, you know?

Anthony: To try to bring it to the best possible standard that it can be.

Michael: Absolutely.

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