George Harrison, Dark Horse Tour, December 1974. Photo: AP.
“My star-struck moment was less of a moment and more of a long-term admiration. I was lucky enough as a seven-year-old, in 1974 (you do the math), to meet George Harrison at a friend of mine’s parent’s party. I had no idea who he was, but what struck me about him and stayed with me ever since was the contrast of excitement around him and the calmness within. If only I had a photo of that karma, I am sure Scorsese could have used it.” - Jon Davies, director, Butterfly Cannon, designweek.co.uk, 12 January 2012
“God, that album. I’ve never played it.
The tension it must contain must be like a vampire’s teeth coming down
on you. And that photo on the cover. My God, it looks like as if I’ve
just stepped out of the grave. That’s actually how I felt. That record
should have been called David Bowie Is Alive And Well And Living Only In Theory.” — David Bowie on the album David Live
Honestly this is why the Diamond Dogs era is probably my least favorite of all. Don’t get me wrong, the album itself is fantastic, but seeing David being skin and bone on stage, his eyes so red, and the fact he was just so strung out is just really a sad sight for me. That and later on I think it was just really painful for David to reflect on, or what he could recollect from ‘74 to ‘76, though he tended to joke about it a lot, they were definitely the darkest years of his life, which I think is almost verbatim to how he put it during the Storytellers performance.
“I really didn’t want to do this for a living. I’ve always wanted to be a lumberjack. What I mean is like Billy Preston says, ‘I ain’t tryin’ to be your hero.’ But I’m just a lumberjack…. I mean, I’d rather try uphold something that I believe in than destroy
something I don’t believe in. Because it’s a waste of time…. I’m just a groveling lumberjack lucky to be a grain of dirt in creation.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 19 December 1974
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]