Crawdaddy

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George and Olivia (images found years ago at beatlephotoblog)

“A slight, dark woman with a sculptured, almost Aztec face, she smiles often. The couple met while Olivia worked at Dark Horse. After more than two years, they are an informal familiar pair.” - Mitchell Glazer on George and Olivia Harrison, Crawdaddy, February 1977 [x]

“They are quite attentive to each other’s needs and well-being and there is genuine caring going between them. It’s quite lovely to see and it has a calming effect on people around them.” - “A friend” on George and Olivia, from a 1977 publication [x]

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George Harrison, Hamburg, Germany, 1 February 1977

Photos: ullstein bild

“That’s good - I like that. I think individual love is just a little of universal love. The ultimate love, the universal love or love of God, is a basic goal. Each one of us must manifest our individual love, manifest the divinity which is in us. All individual love between one person loving another or loving this that or the other, is all small parts or small examples of that one universal love. It’s all God, I mean if you can handle the word ‘God.’ Ultimately the love can become so big that we can love the whole of creation instead of ‘I love this but I don’t like that.’ Singing to the Lord or an individual is, in way, the same. I’ve done that consciously in some songs.” - George Harrison in response to the question, “On the new album I’ve never been able to figure out whether you’re talking about Krishna or a woman.” Crawdaddy, February 1977 [x]

[George, Olivia, Derek Taylor and Stevie Nicks hanging out, with Monty Python being screened in the editing room at Michael Wadleigh’s North Hollywood home] ‘It’s nice to see George so happy,’ Taylor intones smoothly, 'he’s a good man.’ Harrison, meanwhile, leans over to chat with Derek’s date and every rock star’s wet-dream, Stevie Nicks. Barefoot, curled up on the rug, more a shagged high school girl than celeb, she giggled at his peculiar Python.


Talk turns more serious; the two begin comparing lawsuits. Stevie mentions a surprisingly hostile press reception in England. Her baby-doll face darkens. 'All they wanted to know was “Where is Peter Green?” They only asked about the old Fleetwood Mac. So I got on a plane and flew home.’ George looks over to me and smiles. 'Reporters. All they care about is dead history.’

—  Mitchell Glazer, Crawdaddy, February 1977
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Screen caps of George and Olivia, 17 November 1976 (view the clip, and an interview with George, here).

“We have a nice relationship. When you strive for something higher in the next world, you have a much easier time in this one.” - Olivia Harrison, Rolling Stone, 30 December 1976

“A slight, dark woman with a sculptured, almost Aztec face, she smiles often. The couple met while Olivia worked at Dark Horse. After more than two years, they are an informal familiar pair. Olivia reaches into her shopping bag, pulling out boxes of new shoes for George’s media tour. The first contains a pair of Italianesque loafers. Harrison tries them, a little shy, a little shaken by their sleekness. ‘They’ll look great with your new suit,’ Olivia says. She quickly offers another pair; brown suede with white stitching. Mimicking a clerk, she grabs George by the ankle: ‘They’re really you, sir.’ Harrison calls for a shoehorn. He tries them on and asks around for approval. Everybody oohs and ahhhs. ‘I’ll take a dozen, squire,’ he bellows.” - Crawdaddy, February 1977