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Some cards from a 90s issue of Melody Maker! Some of its hilarious. Don’t agree with the shaggability rating for Jarvis, but Damon’s is definitely correct. I do however agree with the sartorial elegance rating for the Gallaghers, and find “number of Suede records in collection: -3” to be super funny haha.

George Harrison, photographed by Ringo Starr 

Photo © Ringo Starr

“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]

I’ve got worse. I have terribly bad nerves all the time. Once we start into ‘Rock And Roll’ I’m fine. I just can’t stand sitting around, and I worry about playing badly - and if I do then I’m really pissed off. If I play well, I feel fine. Everybody in the band is the same, and each has some little thing they do before we go on, like pacing about or lighting a cigarette. It’s worse at festivals. You might have to sit around for a whole day and you daren’t drink because you’ll get tired and blow the gig. So you sit drinking tea in a caravan with everybody saying, “Far out, man.”  –– Excerpt from John Bonham’s interview for the magazine Melody Maker, June 21, 1975.

George Harrison and John Lennon during the filming of Help!, Balmoral Island, Bahamas, 27 February 1965, photographed by Henry Grossman

“‘I don’t know,’ said [John]. 'And I couldn’t care less [if the British music scene was hurt by the mass signing of guitar groups in 1964]. It’s just true - the signed up rubbish and when they didn’t all get hits they started running. Can’t blame 'em, but they should have been more sensible.’

George wandered over: 'Who should have been more sensible, John?’

Lennon: 'What do you want?’

Harrison: 'What are you talking about?’

Lennon: 'Mind your own bloody business. Got a ciggie?’

John helped himself to a cigarette from George’s top pocket before Harrison could reply.

Exit George.” - Article by Ray Coleman, Melody Maker, 27 February 1965

One thing I’m getting into is prolonging the ending of a show, staying onstage longer than we’re welcome. I’m starting to have private moments playing in public, playing with the strobe lights, lying on the floor until I get really comfy. One night, on the tour, I ended up on the floor with these smashed speaker cabinets around me, got really comfy and just lay there for about fifteen minutes. The tour manager had to come on and ask me whether I was asleep or not! That’s my aim - to fall asleep onstage at the end of a gig. Smash everything then huddle down and appreciate the peace.
—  Matt Bellamy - Melody Maker [28/6/00]

George Harrison signing autographs backstage somewhere in England, with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, 1963

Photo: The Beatles Book

“[George] is probably the most conscientious autograph-signer of them all. He believes in fair play for the fans: if he hears of someone who has waited at the stage door for an autograph, he goes to enormous lengths to ensure they are rewarded.” - Melody Maker, 7 November 1964 [x]

“Out of all The Beatles, I’d say George was the best one for signing things. He would come in and he’d go, ‘Do you want me to sign anything?’ or ‘What have you got in your cupboard?’” - Freda Kelly, Good Ol’ Freda [x]