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George Harrison, Amsterdam, 3 February 1977

Photo: Barry Schultz/REX

“You either go crackers and commit suicide or you try and use every incident in order to realize something and attach yourself more strongly to an inner strength.” - George Harrison in response to the question, “Did the pressures of being on the road bring you to Krishna?”, Crawdaddy, February 1977 [x]

George Harrison, Friar Park, 1970. Photo © Barry Feinstein, courtesy of GeorgeHarrison.com.

“I thought a lot about whether to do ‘My Sweet Lord’ or not. Having written it, I thought it’s really committing meself to something. There’s gonna be a lot of people who are gonna really hate me. Because people fear the unknown, you see. It’s some sort of instinct in people. The point was that I was sticking me neck out on the chopping block. But at the same time, I thought, 'Well, nobody’s saying it.’ It would be… 'I wish somebody else was doing it.’ So that, uh, you know, to represent, cos, you know, everything should be represented in a way. If everybody’s just going, 'Be bop, baby,’ you know, okay?” - George Harrison, Living in the Material World

“At that time, nobody was committed to that type of music in the pop world. There was, I felt, a real need for that, so rather than sitting and waiting for somebody else, I decided to do it myself. A lot of times we think, ‘Well, I agree with you, but I’m not going to actually stand up and be counted. Too risky.’ Everybody is always trying to keep themselves covered, stay commercial, so I thought, just do it. Nobody else is, and I’m sick of all these young people just boogeying around, wasting their lives, you know. Also, I felt that there were a lot of people out there who would be reached. I still get letters from people saying, ‘I have been in the Krishna temple for three years, and I would have never known about Krishna unless you recorded the All Things Must Pass album.’ So I know, by the Lord’s grace, I am a small part in the cosmic play.” - George Harrison on the album All Things Must Pass in an interview with Mukunda Goswami, 1982

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George Harrison, Friar Park, 1970, photographed by Barry Feinstein, and (for the 30th anniversary re-issue of All Things Must Pass), thirty years on. [x]

Photos © Barry Feinstein; Harrison Family

“The only thing that changes is the bodily condition; from the womb, to a baby, to a boy, to a young man, to middle-aged, to an old man and then you die. You come out of this fetus shape, bent over, you straighten up as you grow up, and then you bend over and then you die. But the one thing that remained the same, all through it, is the soul and the heart. That thing goes from life to death, from life to death. As Krishna says, ‘There’s never a time when we weren’t and there’ll never be a time when we cease to be.’” - George Harrison, 1979 [x]

“It doesn’t take long to being from 17 to being 57. Forty years just goes like that. You know? Now I understand about 90 year old people who feel like teenagers, you know. 'Cause nothing changes. It’s just the body that changes. The soul in the body is there at birth and is there at death. And the only thing that’s changed is the bodily condition.” - George Harrison, 2000 [x]

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George Harrison photographed at Friar Park in 1970; in a grotto and the rockery, as well as inside the house. Photos © Barry Feinstein.

All Things Must Pass was released in the U.S. on 27 November 1970, and in the U.K. on 30 November 1970. In honor of its anniversary:

“In the autumn of 1970 George Harrison flew to New York and called up Allan Steckler, who ran the US office of Apple Records. ‘Can you book me some studio time?’ George asked. ‘I want to play you something.’
So Steckler arrived at the Record Plant East, to find George in the control room, alongside a stack of tapes. 'For the next 90 minutes,’ Steckler told me, 'he played me the All Things Must Pass album. I listened to it, and I was stunned. It was awesome.’
Meanwhile, George sat shyly alongside him, almost frightened to meet his gaze. When it was over, Steckler said, 'George, that’s the most amazing album I’ve ever heard.’ George looked startled, then bemused, then finally suspicious, as if he might be the subject of an elaborate joke. 'Really?’ he muttered at last. 'George, it’s great!’ Steckler assured him. 'I can immediately hear at least three hit singles.’ George smiled with relief, but then his face clouded over. 'But don’t you realise, Al,’ he said sadly, 'they would never let me release this!’” - Article by Peter Doggett, British Beatles Fan Club [x]

“No, not really. It was the biggest thrill in a way that it was my first record. To be able to do all my own songs on one record was a novelty at that point, you know.” - George Harrison on whether he considered All Things Must Pass his best sustained work, Associated Press, February/March 2001 [x]

George Harrison after a press screening of Yellow Submarine, Bowater House Cinema, Knightsbridge, London, 8 July 1968

Photo: Barrie Wentzell

“I remarked that now that George [Harrison] was clean shaven, we saw more of his face than we had for a long time. He looked younger. How did it feel to be so bare?
‘Great. If I cut my hair off more I’d look younger still and maybe I could join The Small Faces,’ joked George.” - NME article by Andy Gray, 13 July 1968 [x]