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George Harrison at Granville Studios, Fulham, London, for Shindig, possibly at the rehearsal on 2 October 1964, for the 3 October taping

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“George Harrison is the reluctant Beatle. He did not expect fame. When it came, he was bewildered. He is the most affable of the four - instantly friendly, talkative and frank.” - Melody Maker, 7 November 1964 [x]

“What annoys us is that people treat us sometimes as if we are just things and not human beings.” - George Harrison, Rave, June 1964 [x]

George Harrison during the taping of Shindig, Granville Studios, Fulham, London, 3 October 1964

Photo: Leslie Bryce/The Beatles Book

“In Paris in January 1964, prior to The Beatles’ first wild visit to America, a reported asked George how he liked being mobbed and screamed at by fans and he replied: ‘I wouldn’t do all this if I didn’t like it. I wouldn’t do anything I didn’t want to, would I?’ But within a couple of years of tht remark George became the first casualty of Beatlemania. Not being as thick-skinned as the others, he was more vulnerable to the extraordinary pressures that Beatlemania brought with it. His mind if not his body took a battering as the crowds grew larger and seemed to be closing in on him. The group’s lifestyle on the road became increasingly restricted. George wasn’t a natural born showman like Paul. He was not cut out for celebrity. He loved his music but he found fame an awesomely heavy burden to cope with. I watched his personality change visibly as security around the group tightened, particularly when he went on the big concert tours of America, Europe and Asia. Cooped up for their own safety in heavily guarded hotel suites and transported to and from the stadium and convention centre venues in the discomfort of various trucks, vans, buses and armoured vehicles, The Beatles led an anything but glamorous life at the height of Beatlemania. Afraid that sooner or later over-enthusiastic crowds at airports, hotels or concert venues would get out of control, George used to say: ‘One of these days when the fans crush forward to get at us somebody is going to get killed.’” - Tony Barrow, The Beatles Book, 2002 [x]