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Olivia and Dhani Harrison at the launch of “I Me Mine - The Extended Edition,” Subliminal Projects, LA, 25 February 2017. Photos: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images.

The book has been expanded by nearly 200 pages and is absolutely beautiful; sincere thanks to Olivia and Dhani for making this book possible, and for all of the loving care they put into maintaining George’s legacy.

“To hear Olivia Harrison tell it, it wasn’t unusual for George Harrison to stroll through their house spouting words at random - a process that could cause an outsider to wonder whether the ex-Beatle had suddenly started speaking in tongues.

‘George would throw out words one after another,’ she said in an interview this week. ‘He knew he’d find the word. He was good at that. Sometimes he was quiet and just thought about it, sometimes he just kept writing down words that began with ‘S’ until he got the right one…. It didn’t matter what they were - he knew he would get to something.’” - Article by Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 24 February 2017


“Most people’s reality is an illusion, a great big illusion. You automatically have to succumb to the illusion that ‘I am this body’. I am not George. I am not really George. I am this living thing that goes on, always has been, always will be, but at this time I happen to be in 'this’ body. The body has changed; was a baby, was a young man, will soon be an old man, and I’ll be dead. The physical body will pass but this bit in the middle, that’s the only reality. All the rest is the illusion,
so to say that somebody thinks we are, the ex-Beatles are removed from reality in their personal concept. It does not have any truth to it just because somebody thinks it. They are the concepts which become layer upon layer of illusion. Why live in the darkness all your life? Why, if you are unhappy, if you are having a miserable time, why not just look at it. Why are you in the darkness? Look for the light. The light is within. That is the big message.” - Excerpted from “I, Me Mine”

anonymous asked:

Sometimes I wonder, and I do not want to generate hatred, how is it that some fans think that the media is resolved around Harry. Rolling Stone has iconic covers, has had on their front pages Marlon Brando, madonna when she began to be considered the queen of pop, john lennon, an ex beatle (the leader for many people of the group). Ofc i'm not doubting harry's talent or anything ✌

People need to get their head out of the fandom bubble and into the real world and realise how media works. And if they’re not sure how it works, they should ask one of the many, many entertainment industry people in this fandom who can fill them in.

George Harrison and Olivia Trinidad Arias waiting for the Dark Horse Tour band to clear customs, 2 November 1974, as included in the Living in the Material World book

Photo: Henry Grossman

“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 [x]

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“Before she became Olivia Harrison in 1978, she was Olivia Trinidad Arias, an Angeleno whose grandparents immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico.
She grew up in Hawthorne, hometown of the Beach Boys, which turned out to be a major point of interest for George when she gave him a tour of her old neighborhood.
She was working at A&M Records, which distributed Dark Horse releases at the time, and started chatting with Harrison when he’d call about business.
They found they had musical and philosophical interests in common and soon began seeing each other regularly. ‘I was from outside of his world,’ she says. 'I was shelter from the storm. I was simple, and he needed some simplicity at that point.’
She says she never really stopped to think about the implications of getting involved with a musician, much less an ex-Beatle. 'You can’t really think about it that way, otherwise you’re just playacting.’
How will she cope when all the projects are completed? Is she simply postponing the feelings of loss with all the activity?
Those are questions she doesn’t worry about, and she knows what George would have said on the subject.
‘One of his favorite things to say was, “Be here now,”’ she says. His song by that title, from his 1973 album 'Living in the Material World,’ remains one of her favorites, and it’s one she plays any time she feels in need of a booster shot of moral support.
'Sometimes he and Dhani would be talking and Dhani would ask, “Well what if this happens?” or “What if that happens?”’ she says. 'George would say, “Be here now. Be here now.”'” - “Here now, she lives for George” by Randy Newman, Los Angeles Times, 9 March 2005 [x]


Today in Harri History, 13 December 1974 George becomes the first ex Beatle to visit The White House at the invite of First Son, Jack Ford.

Photos: David Hume Kennerly

“Somehow they got straight into that conversation. Gerry Ford asked him what all the badges were He explained that one was Krishna, one was {Indian saint} Babaji, and another was the OM sign. Then Ford went to his desk and pulled out a badge that said WIN, which meant, “Whip Inflation Now” So funny! George wore hand made Tibetan boots, probably the first hint of any protest about Tibet. A sly political statement! - Olivia, excerpted from “George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door”, Graeme Thomson

“ Harrison later said he felt “good vibes” emanating from Capitol Hill” -excerpted from “George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door”, Graeme Thomson

“President Ford took us into this little side room where he had all this WIN paraphenalia — posters, watches, sweaters, T-shirts and it looked just like the back room at Dark Horse records, which is loaded with T-shirts and bags and towels.” - Tom Scott, interview with Larry Sloman, Rolling Stone, 30 January 1975


George Harrison, with Bob Dylan and Leon Russell, at the Concert for Bangladesh, Madison Square Garden, 1 August 1971

Photo 3 (and possibly 1 & 2 also): Apple Corps Ltd

“For me, seeing George up on stage, fronting the whole thing and doing it really well. That was - you want a highlight, that was it.” - Neil Aspinall, Concert for Bangladesh Mini Features

“I really appreciated in later days that he actually went in front of that audience on the Bangladesh concert because he did it for his friends. That he actually went up there and talked to an audience. I think it must have been about the first time he’s ever done this. You see, a few things in English, or a few things in German on a stage where it didn’t matter is a big difference than to an audience, where he knew it was gonna be filmed and it’s gonna be used. To talk to an audience was very, very diffcult for him.” - Klaus Voormann, Living in the Material World

“I’d always trust rockers with my money, rather than sharks. George [Harrison], for instance, just gives a lot of it away because he actually has got morals. Whereas certain people tried to put the Bangla Desh concert money straight into their pocket.” - Paul McCartney, Melody Maker, 1 December 1973 [x]

“He must be given credit for that. It was the first big disaster that rock'n'roll had responded to. Typical of George, he did it right.” - Paul McCartney, Uncut, August 2008 [x]

“In the documentary accompanying the DVD, [David Puttnam] speaks warmly of the ex-Beatle as a Sixties romantic. ‘He never gave up hoping that the dreams of the Sixties could be realised. In hindsight, I think what was so special about George is that he always believed in the power of goodness.’ Olivia seems touchingly grateful for these words. ‘It’s lovely of him to say that. It’s hard for me because George didn’t like to blow his own horn and I don’t want to do it for him. He wouldn’t like that. He was very self-deprecating. But George always wanted to make something better. He learned a lot from that concert personally, what he could achieve.’” - The Independent, 19 October 2005 [x]

“I was asked by a friend to help, that’s all. This was Ravi Shankar’s idea. He wanted to do something about it… Once I decided I was going to go on the show, then I organized the thing with a little help from my friends. Some of the musicians flew thousands of miles and didn’t get paid for anything. They were really into the idea of helping the refugees.” - George Harrison [x]

“UNICEF subsequently tried to present George Harrison with an award, but fearing it would appear too much like a publicity stunt, George did not appear for even a modest ceremony. He later quietly accepted the award at a private gathering from his manager.‘The reason we did it,’ [Paul B. ] Edwards said, 'was because we felt the magnitude of this act of private individuals reached so many people and moved the whole Bangladesh tragedy into the public consciousness before even the governments were willing to face up to it. The world was looking on in stunned horror, not doing anything about it, when Ravi and George drove it into their minds, particularly the young people’s. Why, they even inspired us to get… to work. You should have seen how what they did affected even the people at UNICEF.’” - New York Post, 2 June 1972, via UNICEF Archives [x]


George Harrison and tea appreciation post

Photos: Harry Benson, The Beatles Book, Keystone-France, David Hurn, New York Daily News Archive, Alamy, Bill Zygmant, Don McCullin; screen caps from The Beatles Antholog, Living in the Material World

Q) Do you like tea?
A) “Of course! Doesn’t everybody?” - George Teen Screen Magazine, 1964 [x]

“I don’t think I can make it unless I have a cup of tea.” - George Harrison during the “Paperback Writer” recording session, KRLA Beat, 16 July 1966 [x]

“Well they give you lukewarm water and a crummy looking tea bag. And you know, you’ve got to try to make that into a cup of tea.” - George Harrison in response to a reporter asking how he drinks his tea, Boston, 12 September 1964 [x]

“When we were on the houseboat in Kashmir [in 1966], owned by a little old guy with a white beard called Mr Butt, it was really cold in the night because it was on a lake right up in the Himalayas. Mr Butt would wake us up early in the morning and give us tea and biscuits and I’d sit in bed with my scarf and pullover on, listening to Ravi, who would be in the next room doing his sitar practice - that was such a privileged position to be in.” - George Harrison, Raga Mala [x]

“I remember one time, at an airport, I was starting to worry whether we would get to the gate on time but George just smiled and said he wanted a cup of tea.
‘OK,’ I fretted, ‘but I don’t think we have time.’
'There’s always time for a cup of tea,’ he said.” - Sir Jackie Stewart, Winning Is Not Enough [x]

“[George] came to Hamburg to see a concert [Tom Petty in 1992] and he wanted to take me there but I couldn’t because I had the flu. So he came to my house and made me some tea. We just had a long talk and then he had to go.” - Astrid Kirchherr in an interview with Ken Sharp [x]

“I have one [a guitar] where it has a cupboard in the back with my sandwiches and tea.” - George Harrison joking in a Japanese interview, 1991 [x]

“To wake up at Friar Park to a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake, to play with George, was magic.” - Jim Keltner, Mojo, November 2014 [x]

“[Ronnie Lobo] remembered the time when George Harrison, the lead guitarist of The Beatles, asked for a pot of tea and Shalimar biscuits. Lobo sent his staff all over Khan Market looking for Shalimar biscuits, but they couldn’t find the brand. With much anxiety, Lobo called up Harrison and asked where he had seen the biscuits, and he was informed that the ex-Beatle had seen it on a neon sign atop the ‘mosque on the sea’ (Haji Ali) in Mumbai. Harrison had no option but to have other biscuits with his tea.” - Indian Restaurant Spy, 27 April 2015 [x]

”[George] Harrison maintained the smallest staff of the three [McCartney, Ono and Harrison], centering his business interests around a handful of trusted aides. ‘He’s charming to the people who work for him,’ one revealed. 'He’ll bring you a cup of tea, and talk to you rather than shout at you.’" - You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett [x]

“All senses were satisfied as incense blew in the morning breeze, mingling with the steam from hot cups of tea.” - Olivia Harrison, “A Few Words About George,” Harrison [x]

“Show me that I’m everywhere, and get me home for tea.” - “It’s All Too Much” (Harrison)


George Harrison, Ken Scott, George Martin and Paul McCartney in the control room at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, during the “Hey Jude” recording session, 30 July 1968. More screen captures from that day have been posted previously.

“Working with George [Harrison] was always a joy.” - Ken Scott, Premier Guitar, 19 March 2010

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“[George Harrison] was so much more than The Beatles.
As a guitarist he eventually got his own unique sound when you could always tell it was him. There are very few guitarists that can say that. You can hear a blues guitarist and it could be any number of guitarists; their styles are very similar. With George, he was just completely different from anyone else.” - Ken Scott, Finding Zoso, 4 December 2012

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Ken Scott: “I learned very early on not to get star-struck. He [George Harrison] was the exception until the last day I saw him.”

Red Bull Music Academy: “Why him more than the other Beatles? It seems like he was the one you had the strongest relationship with.”

KS: “Yeah, I was the strongest with him. He was just an amazing person. There’s been so much written about him being dour and down the entire time and the quiet one. Eric Idle once said of George, that he was always quoted as being the quiet Beatle, but anyone that knew him knew that once he started there was no shutting him up. As far as being dour, he was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Just as an example, they were mixing “Yellow Submarine,” surround sound, at Abbey Road, and George and Ringo were invited to go and hear what they were doing. They’re upstairs listening, and it just so happened down in number one, the very big studio at Abbey Road, Mel Gibson was doing music for one of his movies, I think it was The Patriot at the time. And typically, with any of the Beatles, the top film stars, if it’s a Beatle they’ve got to meet them. It’s, they’re above everyone. So, Mel Gibson heard that Ringo and George were upstairs and he passed word up, could he go up and meet them. Word came back down, ‘Yeah, sure, send him up.’ So, he went upstairs and he meets Ringo first, he shakes hands and all of that, then it’s George’s turn, and George just turns and looks and he said, ‘I thought you said it was Mel Brooks.’“


"Mel Gibson’s jaw just hit the ground and George said, 'Don’t worry, I know who you are.’”


But that’s the way he was, he was an amazing individual. He could give two hoots about the business, really. He always used to get pissed off because it was always: 'George Harrison, ex-Beatle.’ And, he, ‘That was six years of my life, what about the rest of the stuff.’ He hated being that ex-Beatle being after his name all the time.“ - 2013

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“George Harrison has got a lot of, shall we say, bad press from one book [Geoff Emerick’s] and I want to dispute that. George was one of the funniest guys I ever met and I was blessed to spend a lot of time with George just before his passing, and just a quick story from that. One of the - we were putting together the remaster of All Things Must Pass, and Phil Collins, the ex-drummer of Genesis and also the lead singer, has often told this story in interviews, how he played on All Things Must Pass, he played congas on something. And no one remembers him playing on it, no one has any proof that he did it, but he has continually told this story. So whilst we’re doing the - some overdubs on additional tracks for the remaster, we have a percussionist by the name of Ray Cooper come in. And George - we’re finishing everything up and George then suddenly tells me to put up a particular track, and he says to Ray, ‘Okay, I want you to play congas on this, and I want you to play them badly. I don’t want them really badly, just off enough that it would really set someone slightly off.‘ So we recorded it, George said, ‘Okay, now do a quick rough mix of it and keep the congas up fairly loud.’ So I did that and we then made a CD of it, and George gave it to Ray and he said, ‘Next time you see Phil, give him this and tell him we finally found his congas.’ [laughter] So Ray goes, he sees Phil, he gives him this CD and apparently Phil was ecstatic: ‘Finally I’ve got the proof, I’ve got the proof!’ He takes it home, he plays it, he wants to cry. [laughter] Two weeks later, George called up and said, ‘Gotcha.’ [laughter] That was the Mr. Harrison I knew.” - Ken Scott, Beatlefest, 2013


December 1974

It has been speculated on Dark Horse that it’s status was  possibly  a  concept album. ‘Harrison’s character, “Hari”, begins the album in concert – “Hari’s on Tour” – after which the listener learns of the trappings of his rock 'n’ roll lifestyle, with “Simply Shady”, and his unhappiness at the root of it, in “So Sad”. By the end of the original LP’s side one, Hari has denounced all things māyā and begins side two determined to “Ring out the old, ring in the new”. This determination becomes defiance in the title track, after which Hari, his identity and purpose re-established, is able to embrace the universal in “Far East Man” before re-affirming his faith and spiritual journey with the album closer. Dark Horse to be a “remarkably revealing album” and writes: “Any voyeur who wanted to know the intimate details of his personal life didn’t need to buy national enquirer they just needed to hear this disc."While bemoaning the state of Harrison’s voice and the "sonic patchwork” nature of the set, resulting from the truncated approach to recording, Leng notes that both “So Sad” and “Far East Man” were received positively when first released on albums by Alvin Lee, Mylon  LeFevre  and Ron Wood , respectively. The difference in winter 1974–75 was that, by championing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music segments during the tour and neglecting his duties as an ex-Beatle in America, Harrison had “committed the cardinal  counterculture sin – he had rejected 'rock 'n’ roll’.

On the back cover, Harrison is pictured sitting on a garden bench, the back timbers of which are apparently carved with his name and that of the album. Similar to Harrison’s attire in the outdoor scenes of the "Ding Dong, Ding Dong” video clip, Simon Leng refers to his appearance here as resembling the Jethro Tull character “Aqualung”. Terry Doran’s photo, given the same orange hue as the one inside the gatefold, was also used on some European picture sleeves for the “Ding Dong” and “Dark Horse” singles around this time.



George Harrison through the years, all images courtesy of thebeatles.com and georgeharrison.com

Photo 1: Geoff Williams
Photo 2: Astrid Kirchherr

Q: “Establishing a post-Beatles existence can’t have been easy. How are things going for you these days?”
George Harrison: “On behalf of all the remaining ex-Beatles, I can say that the fact that we do have some brain cells left and a sense of humor is quite remarkable. I’ve had my ups and downs over the years, and now I’ve sort of leveled out. I’m feeling good. I don’t get too carried away or too down about anything. I distance myself from things like the serious business side of the film company, or else I’d crack. I spend plenty of time planting trees, things like that. I have a lot of good friends, good relationships, plenty of laughs. A lot of funny little diversions that keep things interesting.”
Q: “It sounds good. But don’t you ever, even for a moment, miss all the excitement, the highs?”
GH: “No. Then’s then, and now’s now. In the late Seventies, I just sort of phased myself out of the limelight. And then all the new generations come up. You get older and change your appearance, and they forget what you look like. I suppose, though, with a new record out, that I’m launching myself back into show business for a while.”
Q: “Was that a conflict for you?”
GH: “No. I enjoyed making the record, though I don’t like to be on TV and do the interviews necessary to promote it. There was a time when I actually hated all that. But now I’m reasonably well balanced about it all and understand in my own mind why I’m doing it. Unfortunately, it will make me a bit ‘famous’ again. I don’t really like being famous. I suppose I still am, but I don’t really think of myself as a famous person. People will be picking up magazines that will have me in them for a bit - but just for a bit. Then I’ll go back to being retired again. Or at least putting all this on the back burner. I’ve managed to find a balance between show business and a kind of peacefulness. It feels very nice.”
- Film Comment interview with George Harrison, conducted by Elaine Dutka, 1988 [x]

so, I have an idea.
A TV-series about glam rock and 70s rockstars. It would be set in 1972-73 but in space. The protagonists are the Holy Trinity aka David Bowie (and his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust), Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, travelling far and wide in their spaceship, battling epic space monsters, gender roles and The Dark Lord, formerly known as Jimmy Page.
It’d include frequent cameos from various bands and rockstars, like the Electric Warrior aka. Marc Bolan, on a T.Rex made of glitter, lightning and awesomeness, Brian Eno in his feathery costume with hourglasses and a circular synthesizer (like the piano on Eurovision), the members of Led Zeppelin in a literal cosmic zeppelin, Mick Jagger in a glittery unitard (he’s almost there in every episode) and so on and so on.
The ex-Beatles and their wives would also appear from time to time, as kings and queens.
Also, laser battles, ray guns, awesome soundtrack and important issues to deal with besides gallons of glitter. 

George Harrison, Saturday Night Live, 20 November 1976

Photo: Richard E. Aaron

The following is an archived interview from India Today, published on 31 December 1976.

India Today, 31 December 1976

“Why turn to the West?”

I love India because the ancient traditions remain: George Harrison

“I’ve cum here to do things, don’t have to do any interviews.“ George Harrison’s mid-Atlantic Liverpudlian accent firmly ruled out all meetings with the Press during his recent stay at Bombay’s Taj Mahal hotel. The 33-year-old ex-Beatle still sells records for the millions (his latest album "33 1/3“ is currently high on the USA’s charts), but manages to do so with a rare minimum of live appearances and an almost paranoid hatred of all publicity. Nevertheless, he finally relented, and in an hour-long exclusive interview agreed to talk to India Today about the Beatles, India and his personal life-style.

India Today: George, do you see yourself as having got off the pop-star merry-go-round?

Harrison: My God, yes! It was such a strain having to live up to people’s conceptions of the Beatles and not be able to do what I really wanted to do. I’m not knocking it - man, I’ve done it all: got drunk, fooled around, done crazy things and had a great time. But that’s not where it’s at. It’s O.K. for a while, but finally you want something deeper. I think that we all ought to increase our God-consciousness and try and find a purpose in life.

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Scans - George Harrison in Hawaii, 1978, 1987, 1991 (with Dhani) and 1999; scanned from Living in the Material World, the Concert for George and Brainwashed album booklets (and previously posted here: x; x; x; x; x; x; x).

Photos © Harrison Family

“The couple spent much time in Hawaii, but when she’s asked about favorite memories or locales in the islands, [Olivia Harrison] demurs. ‘I’m sorry, I can’t talk about Hawaii. It’s too…’ Her voice trails off before she can fill in the missing word.” - “Here now, she lives for George” by Randy Newman, Los Angeles Times, 9 March 2005 [x]

“'He gravitated toward the people of the earth. He had a fondness for them,’ said Michael Spalding, who represented Harrison in his real estate and financial dealings when he first purchased his 63-acre East Maui property in 1981. He would later buy more than 100 additional acres there.
'When he came to Maui, he didn’t seek out the mighty, the rich and the powerful. He sought out the Hawaiians. He was very loyal to the people he befriended, and they were very loyal to him,’ Spalding said.
Nahiku residents, such as Arnold Allencastre, knew Harrison simply as Keoki.
'He was a good guy, a nice guy,’ said Allencastre, whose father once owned the land Harrison had acquired. 'He liked the local people, too.’
Harrison hired Allencastre, a heavy-equipment operator, to help clear his land so he could build his house and plant his gardens. But their relationship wasn’t just a working one. Allencastre and his wife, Cynthia, would socialize with the Harrisons. George and his wife, Olivia, would come to their parties and they, in turn, would be invited to an occasional lunch.
The last time Allencastre saw Harrison was about a year ago when he and Olivia stopped by to say hello and catch up on what was happening in town.
Former caretaker Dot Pua remembers Harrison as a sweet and thoughtful boss. One time, when she was cutting his hair, Harrison asked about her favorite songs. Her reply was, ’“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Kenny Rankin,’ and a couple other tunes. Harrison didn’t say anything.
It was only years later, while leafing through a Beatles songbook, that she discovered that 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ was written by Harrison.
'My goodness, he must have thought I was so dumb,’ she said.
Pua, now a beautician at the Hotel-Hana Maui, said her time at the Harrison estate was a wonderful experience.
'But it made me appreciate my simple life,’ she said. 'When I was hired, Olivia told me my life will change — and it did. We got a dog and locked the doors, something we never did before. Strangers kept coming onto the property.’
Strangers were something Harrison worked hard to avoid and that aversion exploded into a lawsuit with neighbors who were allowing visitors to use a path over his property to get to the ocean. The lawsuit was finally settled this year.
'He used to tell me that he wanted to be famous, but after three or four months it was the worst thing that happened to him,’ said restaurateur Bob Longhi, who was introduced to the former Beatle in 1977 and continued as a friend.
'George was a super guy, a humble-type person. He wasn’t like, “I’m George Harrison.” He was fun-loving.’
Harrison fell in love with Maui, Longhi said, and in 1979 wrote 'Soft-Hearted Hana,’ dedicating it to Longhi on his 'George Harrison’ album.
Paul Weinstein, owner of Bounty Music in Kahului, remembers the former Beatle coming into his shop anywhere from six to a dozen times over the years.
He said Harrison was fascinated with the ukulele and bought perhaps as many as a dozen over the years.
During one visit, Weinstein allowed him to try out various instruments in an office behind the Hana Highway store.
'It was one of the thrills of my life,’ he said. 'Whoever thought I’d be able to sit in a room, just me and him, and be able to hear him try out some instruments.’
Maui guitarist Harry Troupe, a former Bounty Music manager, said he was stunned to find Harrison in the shop one day.
'He was so humble to me,’ he said. 'It really floored me to see a guy of that stature treat me the way he did. You could just feel the warmth from him.’“ - "Maui gave ex-Beatle Harrison the quiet he craved” by Timothy Hurley, The Honolulu Advertiser, 1 December 2001 [x]