“I never even thought about the fact that he was a Beatle. George was so humble, that honestly when I met him it was just like meeting any other person. He wasn’t a Beatle at that time, and so I never saw that. I only ever saw the person, George. I don’t think we’d have been together so long it if it had been any other way.” - Olivia Harrison, Herald Scotland, 18 June 2009 [x]
“My first impression of George was that he was smaller than life. Very humble, normal and thoughtful. He was very focused. He had such a strong sense of self. He didn’t seem to be a frivolous person, though he was, but from the first day I met him, he was working on music.” - Olivia Harrison, quoted in You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett [x]
Volkswagen Golf Mk 1, 1974 (and Citi Golf, 2009). Perhaps the most famous and successful of Italdesign’s early years was the original Mk 1 Golf which established the template for Europe’s most popular class of car and whose design continues to influence the style of Golfs up to the present generation. Thus the car became a milestone in automotive history and marked a new beginning for Volkswagen. Although the Mk1 was replaced in Europe in 1983 it remained in production in South Africa as the Citi Golf until 2009
George and Olivia Harrison, screen capped from Living in the Material World and The Beatles’ “Real Love” video.
“I fell for her immediately. She is a very calming influence. She has been very supportive and we are blissfully happy together. I told her I didn’t want her doing all that typing. We started going with each other, and four years later we married.” - George Harrison, quoted in The Mirror, 1 December 2001
Q: “You met your wife, Olivia, at the end of what seems to have been a pretty low period for you personally - 1974. George: Yeah, well after I split up from Pattie, I went on a bit of a bender to make up for all the years I’d been married. If you listen to ‘Simply Shady’, on Dark Horse, it’s all in there - my whole life at that time was a bit like [laughing] Mrs. Dale’s Diary [a now defunct British radio soap opera].”
Q: “Were you going down fast?” George: “Well, I wasn’t ready to join Alcoholics Anonymous or anything - I don’t think I was that far gone - but I could put back a bottle of brandy occasionally, plus all the other naughty things that fly around. I just went on a binge, went on the road… all that sort of thing, until it got to the point where i had no voice and almost no body at times. Then I met Olivia and it all worked out fine. There’s a song on the new album, ‘Dark Sweet Lady’: ‘You came and helped me through/When I’d let go/You came from out the blue/Never have known what I’d done without you.’ That sums it up.” - Rolling Stone, 19 April 1979
Q: “Was it love at first sight?” Olivia: “Pretty much. We felt it in our hearts from before we met. Even on the phone, we seemed to have some understanding, like you do when you meet the right person. And he was a charmer, such a charmer!” - The Sun, 2009
“The silence of George’s absence in our lives is deafening. […] I love you, George. The joys, sorrows, lesson and love we shared are more than enough to fill my heart until we meet again.” - From “A Few Words About George” by Olivia Harrison, Harrison by the editors of Rolling Stone, 2002
“We had these whole 30 years together and then at the end you’re able to just decant that time. We spent that summer [of 2001] together and we had so much fun. It’s amazing, you know. It’s the end of your life, here’s the conversation. ‘I hope I wasn’t a bad husband.’ ‘Well, I hope I was an okay wife,’ you know. 'How did we do? How did we do?’ And, and then you think, 'I’m so glad. I’m so glad that we just kept walking this path together.’ And all those other things that came and went, we just swatted and batted away between us, you know.” - Olivia Harrison, Living in the Material World
“I worked hard at it all and the results pulled me out from under the cool shadow of sadness. I admit I have had a pretty amazing 10 years. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, that not in a million years would I have made that trade. I have to thank George for my life with him and oddly enough, for with my life without him.” - Olivia Harrison, Huffington Post, 3 October 2011
“'I am still having a relationship with him, but it is just not a physical relationship any more. And the sooner one comes to terms with that, the easier it is, rather than feeling George has gone and he is never coming back.’ Does she communicate with him? ‘I don’t really want to get into all that. That’s a dodgy question to answer because people might think… I don’t know if you have ever had anybody go who you have loved? Well, you do feel in communication with them because you feel so deeply in your heart that if you say a prayer, it goes straight to them.’
Olivia says that, towards the end, when he knew he was dying, her husband would comfort her by saying: ‘Olivia, you’ll be fine, you’ll be fine.’ And is she? ‘Fine is OK, but it is not really good enough, is it? But George was right, I am fine and I am OK, although I will miss him until my dying day. But he walked his road and now I have to walk mine.’” - The Telegraph, 24 January 2005
“I ask Olivia what she would say to George now. She pauses. 'I hope I told you everything. I hope I told you how wonderful you are.'” - The Times, interview conducted by Helen Rumbelow, 24 September 2014 [Thank you very much fo friarparksoulclub for sharing this article.]
Le poesie, le liriche del disco, sono bellissime, con versi stagliati nella disperazione come lo sono i cut ups di William Burroughs. Per esempio: “Che fantastico abisso di morte”; o “Non seppe mai che cosa lo colpì”; o: “Questo caos mi sta uccidendo”; o: “Le ruote girano e il ventesimo secolo sta morendo”; o: “Questo è ciò che avrei potuto essere”; o: “Non dire a Dio i tuoi piani, è tutto senza controllo”; o: “Ogni mossa è incerta”; o: “Non posso controllare il mio destino”; o: “Abbiamo avuto inizi così promettenti ma abbiamo vissuto vite insopportabili”; o la conclusione drammatica, forse (purtroppo) autobiografica: “Non c'è ritorno”. La sua abilità non gli viene dalla scuola ma dalle sue traumatiche esperienze di vita: da quando a dodici anni il fratello maggiore gli fece leggere Jack Kerouac e conoscere Neal Cassady, Bowie si è chiuso in se stesso e, ha fatto in un'intervista, si è sentito: “emarginato a causa dell'indifferenza dei genitori: questo mi ha fatto scattare la voglia di rompere con i tabù. Il grigiore e il perbenismo mi infastidivano. Mi immaginavo di essere come Neal Cassady”. Così a quindici anni ha abbandonato la scuola e da autodidatta ha attraversato il mondo; ed è entrato nel caos dell'ambiguità sessuale, uno dei temi base della sua vita e della sua poesia.
“Ero una persona molto triste,” dice nelle interviste. Nei suoi versi, intrisi di significati oscuri, ha rivelato i suoi dubbi verso se stesso, e da personaggio “rock” ha cercato di esprimere le emozioni pure che lo assillavano, mentre spiegava nelle interviste: “Ciascuno crea il suo doppio e poi lo riempie di tutte le sue colpe e poi lo distrugge… Mi sembrava più facile vivere attraverso un altro io. Il problema era che così sfumava il confine tra normalità e follia”.
Fernanda Pivano su David Bowie nel 1995 (dai Diari 1974-2009)