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CRAWDADDY: “What about your albums like, ‘Living In The Material World,’ the whole concept of maya. It’s so ironic that you got caught up in it.”

GEORGE: “Oh yeah. I’m living in it. But people interpret it to mean money, cars, that sort of thing– although those are part of the material world. The material world is like the physical world, as opposed to the spiritual. For me, living in the material world just meant being in this physical body with all the things that go along with it.”

The story behind Savoy Truffle:

“Savoy Truffle on The White Album was written for Eric (Clapton). He’s got this real sweet tooth and he’d just had his mouth worked on. His dentist said he was through with candy. The truffle was some kind of sweet, just like all the rest– cream tangerine, ginger sling– just candy, to tease Eric.”

George Harrison for Crawdaddy Magazine, 1977.

George Harrison, Amsterdam, 3 February 1977

Photo: Peter Mazel

“I’m living in it [the material world]. But people interpret it to mean money, cars, that sort of thing - although those are part of the material world. The material world is like the physical world, as opposed to the spiritual. For me, living in the material world just meant being in this physical body with all the things that go along with it.” - George Harrison, Crawdaddy, February 1977

George Harrison on Saturday Night Live, November 1976, photographed by Richard E. Aaron

“Outside [in Boston on 16 November 1976], people wait for GEORGE HARRISON. […] Girls scream, flash cubes flare; another hard day’s night. An octopus of desperate arms reaches for GEORGE. […]

[In the elevator] A blessed vacuum. Nobody speaks; anything would be awkward. So this is what it’s like. ‘That went quite well, didn’t it?’ Harrison sighs to himself. He is bearing up nicely. The elevator slips slowly past each floor as a frantic kid charges up the stairs; you can see him through the window. Skipping steps, pulling hard at the handrail, he chases the car. His eyes are wild, wired. At the third floor, as our doors open, the boy lurches to the landing. Dennis Morgan and a publicist hurry to shield George physically from this particular insanity. Are the guy’s eyes really rolling? Harrison is ushered towards his room.

‘Let me talk here a sec,’ George insists. The kid is rigid with energy - electric. 'I… uh… I… George… I play the guitah.’ The words spurt and stumble, exploding violently from him. His hair hangs in a modified Beatle cut; there is no collar on his jacket. 'I play guitah in a band!’

George is serene, diffusing in his calm. The kid has met a Beatle. 'Keep playin’, man,’ George says. 'Stay with it.’” - Mitchell Glazer, Crawdaddy, February 1977 [x]

“I just had a good time just playing, you know.”
"I helped out such a lot in all the arrangements.” - George, Crawdaddy Magazine, 1977

CRAWDADDY: "I always thought your contributions guided the band’s direction. Beatles ‘65– the country influence. Or the Indian influence.”

GEORGE: “Well, Ringo as well, you know. We all gave as much as we could. The thing was, Paul and John wrote all the songs in the beginning. And they did write great songs, which made it more difficult to break in or get some action on the songwriting thing. But you know, we all did contribute such a lot to the Beatles.” - February 1977

George Harrison, Hamburg, Germany, 1 February 1977

Photo: Ellen Poppinga/K & K/Getty Images

“Talk turns to touring, then to planes. George’s faith in Krishna, it turns out, was consummated while circling over Kennedy Airport. He was fogged in, running out of gas and chanting on a commercial jet as loud as his voice would go. It worked. Little strands of smoke curl toward the ceiling above him. Harrison smiles. He leans over and presses his hand to my heart. ‘I’m not frightened anymore,’ George says calmly. ‘He’s inside us all, anyhow.’” - Crawdaddy, February 1977 [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 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 with Ed Sullivan, August 14,1965

Photo Credit: CBS Photo Archives

“But Ed Sullivan was, you know– Everybody had told us how he was really big. But again, we were pretty naive to certain things so that helped at the time. I remember them asking us did we know who Walter Cronkite was. And I said, ‘I dunno, isn’t he somebody on the television?’ You know, things like that were good because they all had fun– the people asking questions and the press– us being naive and not seeming to care about that sort of thing.” - George Harrison, Crawdaddy, 1977

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Promotional photos (1974)

“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, “ - George Harrison, Crawdaddy Magazine February 1977