George Harrison in Brazil, February 1979; with Emerson Fittipaldi in Sao Paulo (photo 2); with Gene Hackman and Gary Wright at the Grand Prix, Sao Paulo (photo 4).
Photo 1 © Oswaldo Luiz Palermo/Estadão, courtesy Acervo; photo 2 courtesy soundsandcolours.com; photo 4 possibly courtesy Hit Pop, via dopropriobolso.com.br; photos 3 & 5 © Frederico Mendes (with many thanks to a comment on thateventuality’s Instagram for this information!)
“Shortly after landing, we [Gary Wright and Chris Agajanian] drove to Interlagos, where the race was to take place. The plan was that we were to meet in Emerson Fittipaldi’s motor coach after we arrived; Emerson was a good friend of George’s and one of the Formula One drivers in the race the next day. George warmly greeted us and immediately introduced us to Emerson; the conversation turned to the upcoming race. Chris, who knew a lot about Formila One racing, asked George is by chance he knew the drivers’ names and starting grid positions. George took out a piece of paper and, from memory, wrote them all down for Chris. I was very impressed at both his memory and his knowledge of racing. We soon left for our hotel, where we met another driver and friend of George’s - Jackie Stewart. After settling into our rooms, we headed for a restaurant while being chased by the paparazzi and Beatles fans. George was surprisingly calm through it all.
The next morning we were picked up by a helicopter and flown to the track, where we viewed the race from the garage pit area. The actor Gene Hackman was also hanging out there; Chris had known him from the times he attended races at Ascot Raceway. Jacques Laffite, driving a Ligier-Ford, won the race that day.” - Gary Wright, Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, And My Friendship With George Harrison
The following excerpts have been translated with the help of Google Translate:
“Well, first, I’m a gardener. I spend most of my time today, planting: only in November, I planted more than 50,000 seedlings. Secondly, I am a composer; third, a guitarist; and fourth, a singer. This is more or less the order.” - George Harrison, Hit Pop, 1979
“I think it’s important when you make a record, people know that it exists. It would be a shame if no one knew. But being famous, not. It makes you crazy. It would be nice that everyone who wants to be famous would be, for a week, to feel how hard it is?” - George Harrison on whether he feels it’s important to present his music, Hit Pop, 1979
“I have a son who’s six months old, and it is much better to stay with him at home than be saying all this nonsense about the Beatles.” - George Harrison, Hit Pop, 1979