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Scans - George Harrison’s intense gaze appreciation post

“When George spoke from the soul, his eyes darkened and his words felt as if they were almost drilled into you.” - Miss O'Dell by Chris O'Dell

“…[On a flight to Brazil for the Grand Prix, George] said, ‘Look, I’m really sorry to bother you, but I’m a great Formula One fan and I’d just like to say, I love your cars. […] and I said, “Well, hold on a minute, it should be the other way around. I’m a great music fan and I love the music.’ And within ten minutes, we really got to know each other so well. I’m funny like that with people, I don’t make friends that quickly, but I’ll know pretty instantly whether I’m going to get on with somebody or not, and we just clicked… and George looked me deep in the eyes, as only George could do, he had this great sort of mystic look that he put on that pierced you completely…” - Gordon Murray, Living in the Material World bonus features interview

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Scans - George Harrison, 1968

Photos: The Beatles Book

“Summing [George Harrison] up, I’d say he’s a bit too honest for today’s plastic world. With relatives, colleagues or casual acquaintances he’ll say what he truly feels at the time. And if he’s sore about something at the time it’ll show without any cloak of conventional politeness to hide his bitterness.” - Tony Barrow, The Beatles Book, March 1969 [x]

Scan - George on the set of “A Hard Day’s Night” (scanned from The Beatles Anthology)

“George himself is no mystery. But the mystery inside George is immense. It’s watching him uncover it all little by little that’s so damn interesting.” - John Lennon

Scan - George during that hitchhiking trip he took with Paul, August 1959 (scanned from The Beatles Anthology)

“One year, Paul and I decided to go hitchhiking. It’s something nobody would ever dream of these days. Firstly, you’d probably be mugged before you got through the Mersey Tunnel, and secondly everybody’s got cars and is already stuck in a traffic jam. I’d often gone with my family down South to Devon, to Exmouth, so Paul and I decided to go there first.
We didn’t have much money. We found bed-and-breakfast places to stay. We got to one town, and we were walking down a street and it was getting dark. We saw a woman and said, ‘Excuse me, do you know if there’s somewhere we could stay?’ She felt sorry for us and said, ‘My boy’s away, come and stay at my house.’ So she took us to hers - where we beat her, tied her up and robbed her of all her money! Only joking; she let us stay in her boy’s room and the next morning cooked us breakfast. She was really nice. I don’t know who she was - the Lone Ranger?
We continued along the South coast, towards Exmouth. Along the way we talked to a drunk in a pub who told us his name was Oxo Whitney. (He later appears in ‘A Spaniard in the Works.’ After we’d told John that story, he used the name. So much of John’s books is from funny things people told him.) Then we went on to Paignton. We still had hardly any money. We had a little stove, virtually just a tin with a lid. You poured a little meths into the bottom of it and it just about burned, not with any velocity. We had that, and little backpacks, and we’d stop at grocery shops. We’d buy Smedley’s spaghetti bolognese or spaghetti milanese. They were in striped tins: milanese was red stripes, bolognese was dark blue stripes. And Ambrosia creamed rice. We’d open a can, bend back the lid and hold the can over the stove to warm it up. That was what we lived on.
We got to Paignton with no money to spare so we slept on the beach for the night. Somewhere we’d met two Salvation Army girls and they stayed with us and kept us warm for a while. But later it became cold and damp, and I remember being thankful when we decided that was enough and got up in the morning and started walking again. We went up through North Devon and got a ferry boat across to South Wales, because Paul had a relative who was a redcoat at Butlins at Pwllheli, so we thought we’d go there.
At Chepstow, we went to the police station and asked to stay in a cell. They said, ‘No, bugger off. You can go in the football grandstand, and tell the cocky watchman that we said it was OK.’ So we went and slept on a hard board bench. Bloody cold. We left there and hitchhiked on. Going north through Wales we got a ride on a truck. The trucks didn’t have a passenger seat in those days so I sat on the engine cover. Paul was sitting on the battery. He had on jeans with zippers on the back pockets and after a while he suddenly leapt up screaming. His zipper had connected the positive and negative end in the battery, got red hot and burnt a zipper mark across his arse.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology

Scan - George Harrison onstage at the Top Ten Club, Hamburg, 1961

Photo: Peter Brüchmann

“He had so much respect for John. And he always treated me with so much sweetness. I think he understood real love, deep love, more than the others. Professionally, I always remember how serious he was… how determined he was to make sure that I received the creative credit I deserved. George was a sweet man, who, despite reflections on him by others, was really the least complicated of the Beatles… at least to me.” - Astrid Kirchherr, When They Were Boys [x]

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Scans - George and Paul through the years… in tribute of their friendship that began in 1954, when they met on the bus journey to the Liverpool Institute.

From the February 2001 webchat -
Q: Does Paul still piss you off (tell us the truth)
George: Scan not a friend with a microscopic glass — You know his faults — Then let his foibles pass. Old Victorian Proverb. I’m sure there’s enough about me that pisses him off, but I think we have now grown old enough to realize that we’re both pretty damn cute!

“Something like George passing, it makes you think, ‘God, things are so impermanent: suddenly there’s this little friend of mine, he used to get on the bus, and now he’s passed away.’ There’s that whole lifetime of a friendship that physically has ended, not emotionally.” - Paul

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Scans - George, Olivia and Dhani Harrison; scanned from the Somewhere in England album booklet and Harrison by the editors of Rolling Stone.

Photos: Brian Aris; the Harrison Family

“Planting trees and watching my boy grow up.” - George Harrison on how he spent most of the 1980s, USA Today [x]

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“The three of them were the closest, most loving family you can imagine.” - Yoko Ono, 2001 [x]

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“When he died I remember thinking we’d left nothing unsaid and that was good. But then you get older, and there have been so many times I miss my dad. Getting married, going on your stag do – pick any moment and you wish he was there.” - Dhani Harrison

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Scans - George and that smile of his <3

“He was essentially a shy, private young man, but when you got a smile out of George, it lit up the page.” - Michael McCartney

Photo 1: Terence Spencer

Photo 2: Robert Freeman

Photo 3, 4, 5: The Beatles Book

Scan - young George (right) with his father and brother Peter

“‘George was always a very independent child,’ Louise would explain. ‘He liked to do things by himself, no one to help him. He was also very intelligent and fun-loving, and helped a lot around the house.’” - The Beatles - All These Years: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn

Scan - George Harrison, from a magazine ad for “Brainwashed”

Photo © Harrison Family

“I could try being a pop star forever and going on TV and do concerts and be a celebrity, or I can be a gardener.” - George Harrison, Good Morning Australia, broadcast April 1982 [x]