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.