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Ещё один исторический автомобиль достался человеку,который мечтал о нем 20 лет.Лимузин Мерседес принадлежал Джону Леннону,а после отъезда его на ПМЖ в Америку,был продан другу Джоржу за 5000 фунтов,позднее авто перешло в руки Mary Wilson из Тhe Supremes .
Это уже второй исторический мерседес.Первый ,проданный 2 года назад принадлежал Джоржу и Джеффу.
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560E AMG, Ex-George Harrison, ex-Jeff Lynne For Sale by Auction (C36715)
Like AMG and Mercedes-Benz, two absolutely iconic automotive names, The Beatles arguably hold the crown for the title in musical terms. The story of this car is as interesting as it is impressive. Originally it was sold in standard 230E format to Jeff Lynne of the legendary 1970s and '80s band ELO. Jeff Lynne was the major creative force during this time contributing significantly to both the Out Of The Blue and Discovery albums. After a few years, it was passed on to Lynne's close friend George Harrison of The Beatles. The Beatles need no introduction, suffice to say that Harrison was a self confessed car collector and Coys had the pleasure to value his extensive collection some years ago. Harrison was not nearly satisfied with the 230's meagre performance and so commissioned AMG to go through the car and make it 'more interesting'. A 5.6 litre V8 power plant was fitted with the appropriate AMG instrument cluster as well as improved interior leather trim and body kit. Modifications were made to the exhaust system as well as other performance and handling improvements. A close friend of Mr Harrison's used to visit quite regularly, turning up in his old car and parking it in front of the Harrison mansion. Eventually Harrison, very good naturedly, gave the car to him just so he would not be able to see his good friend's banger spoiling the view. He has, of course, since died and it is through his widow and friend that the car has now come to market. Supplied with a brand new MoT test certificate, V5 registration document and a new DVLA supplied registration number, the previous plate being retained, this powerful and extremely individual motorcar is offered here at no reserve.
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Book Review: Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970-1980 by Robert Rodriguez
What were Paul McCartney's most underrated songs? Which George Harrison tunes failed to reach the top ten? How many times did John Lennon appear on The Beatles' solo albums? Which songs include Ringo Starr's best drumming?
Fans who enjoy pondering and debating these questions will find a kindred spirit in Robert Rodriguez, who discusses these topics and more in Fab Four 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970-1980. A companion to his previous book, Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Beatles…and More! (co-authored with Stuart Shea), Fab Four FAQ 2.0 focuses on the Beatles' solo years, jam-packed with history, little-known facts, and controversial topics. In his introduction, Rodriguez states that his goal is to create a "quadruple biography" that would be told in stand-alone chapters. Readers can select chapters addressing themes of interest rather than reading the entire book in one sitting. Like its predecessor, Fab Four FAQ 2.0 is best enjoyed in this manner; reading such massive information at one time could prove daunting.
Hard core fans will appreciate Rodriguez's attention to detail, providing background stories on well-known and more obscure tracks. As a fan, I find it fascinating that I learn new facts about the group every day, and this book offers such new information. For example I had no idea that Harrison once played on a Cheech and Chong single, or that he first offered "It Don't Come Easy" to Badfinger rather than Starr. A chapter detailing the worst-performing solo singles reveals some surprises; today, it's difficult to believe that the 1970 Lennon classic "Mother" peaked at only 43 on the charts, or that Harrison's pop-friendly "Love Comes to Everyone," released in 1979, failed to chart at all. These revelations make Fab Four FAQ 2.0 an interesting read for any Beatles enthusiast.
One element missing from the book is an extensive bibliography. Rodriguez obviously underwent a massive research process to uncover obscure information, but he provides only a brief, selected list of sources at the end. Although the complete list would probably comprise man more pages, it would have been helpful for researchers to locate Rodriguez's sources. In additions, footnotes would have better distinguished facts versus opinion — at times I found it difficult to discern the author's thoughts from material culled from other sources. Again, detailed notes would enable Beatles fanciers to find certain books or articles Rodriguez cited.
Despite these issues, Fab Four 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970-1980 serves as a welcome addition to any Beatles library. It functions as a companion to other reference books in that it fills in some information gaps. On a lighter note, it should also spark spirited discussions among fans. Although the fact bookstore shelves are already packed with Beatles-themed books, Rodriguez demonstrates that people still have much to learn about the legendary band and the members' solo careers.
The book's official website contains exclusive material not included in the book, a blog, a forum, and useful links. For information on the first book, Fab Four FAQ, visit its accompanying website.
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10 Best George Harrison Songs
Posted by Boonsri Dickinson
Undoubtedly, we were destined to have a slew of George Harrison songs after the Fab Four disbanded – especially since the quiet Beatle had a handful of songs saved up that never made it on any of the Beatles' records. The result was Harrison's folksy 1970 'All Things Must Pass,' which featured the Hare Krishna-inspired 'My Sweet Lord' and 'Isn't it a Pity,' among others. Deemed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone, Harrison continued to release records until 1987, experimenting with sitar and Hindu music early on – which lead to a hugely successful charity concert, the Concert for Bangladesh. His solo career lasted until he joined the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, comprised of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison. Here are AOL radio listener's pick of the 10 Best George Harrison songs -- sandwiched between the Beatles and Traveling Wilburys.
George Harrison The Concert for Bangladesh10) 'Bangla Desh'
Released as a charity single for the 1971 East Pakistan tragedy, this George Harrison song was featured on the live album 'The Concert for Bangladesh' -- a charity concert Harrison helmed with world-renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar, which paved the way for other rock star benefit concerts such as Band Aid and Live Aid. This was the first time Harrison lead a whole band live on his own! Plus, he raised $250,000. Not too bad.
George Harrison When We Was Fab9) 'When We Was Fab'
This single -- off Harrison's 1987 effort 'Cloud Nine' -- is about the Beatles, notably the "Fab Four." The song's paired music video features all four musicians -- well sort of: George is dressed in his St. Pepper's costume and Ringo Starr plays Harrison's side kick and drummer, where as McCartney and Lennon are just representations -- specifically, a man dressed as a Walrus playing left-handed bass (McCartney) and the face of Lennon on the 'Imagine' album cover, carried by a passer-by.
George Harrison Gone Troppo8) 'Dream Away'
Off the 1982 album, 'Gone Troppo,' 'Dream Away' was recorded in 1980, where as the rest of the records' tracks were recorded in '82. Harrison sings: "Waking while you're still deep sleeping / Finding you're not here / Watching a dream appear."
George Harrison All Things Must Pass7) 'Isn't It a Pity'
This George Harrison song appeared on the 'All Things Must Pass' album. Similar-sounding to Dylan's folksy '60s tunes, John Lennon rejected the song for the Beatles 'White Album.' Harrison even thought about offering the song to Frank Sinatra. Fortunately, Harrison kept the song for himself.
George Harrison All Those Years Ago6) 'All Those Years Ago'
Released in 1981, 'All Those Years Ago' was originally written for Ringo Starr. The former drummer did record it, but wasn't crazy about the vocal range and lyrics. After Lennon died in 1980, Harrison rewrote the lyrics and recorded it himself, as a tribute to Lennon. Appearing in the 'Somewhere in England' album, the song was a major hit -- reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and shooting Harrison to No. 1 on the solo charts.
George Harrison Give Me Love Give Me Peace on Earth5) 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)'
'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)' hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, beating Paul McCartney's 'My Love.' Featured off 1973's 'Living in the Material World,' the song's lyrics are telling: "Give me life / Keep me free from birth / Give me hope / Help me cope, with this heavy load / Trying to, touch and reach you with, heart and soul." Jeff Lynne, Dave Davies and Elliott Smith have all performed this song.
George Harrison Got My Mind Set on You4) 'Got My Mind Set on You'
14 years after 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)' hit No. 1, Harrison's new single, 'Got My Mind Set on You' also went to No. 1 on the charts, marking his third and last No. 1 single. If you're looking for a song to stick in your head, this is it: "I got my mind set on you / But it's gonna take money / A whole lotta spending money / Its gonna take plenty of money / To do it right child." The Rudy Clark-penned song was originally recorded by James Ray in 1962.
George Harrison What is Life3) 'What Is Life'
The song was co-produced by Phil Spector and hit No. 10 on the charts -- making it Harrison's second single to make it in the top 10. Harrison originally wrote the song for blues musician and former Beatles collaborator Billy Preston in 1969, but decided to produce it with Spector instead. Eric Clapton, Harrison's buddy, played the guitar on this George Harrison song.
George Harrison Blow Away2) 'Blow Away'
'Blow Away' appeared on George Harrison's 1979 eponymous album, which he produced at a high time in his life as he was newly married to Olivia Trinidad Arias and was a new father. The single was a No. 51 hit in the U.K. and No. 16 hit in the U.S.
George Harrison My Sweet Lord1) 'My Sweet Lord'
'My Sweet Lord' is referencing Hindu God Krishna, although the chorus has prayers that are Jewish, Christian, as well as Vaisnava Hindu. The song made Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Harrison originally wrote the song when he was in Copenhagen, Denmark, for Billy Preston. Not only is 'My Sweet Lord' our No. 1, it was the first single by a former Beatle to hit No. 1 on the charts. But the Chiffons sued Harrison for copyrighting their song, 'He's So Fine' and got much of the royalties from the single and the album it appeared in. However, Harrison bought the rights to 'He's So Fine' and even produced a song about the original lawsuit called 'This Song.' Enjoy our No. 1 George Harrison song, 'My Sweet Lord.'
Two Merseybeat bands, once the Beatles' rivals, back on stage at special event in Liverpool in May
Karl Terry and the Cruisers and the Undertakers played with the Beatles in the '60s. They'll be back on stage again in a "Back to the '60s" event on May 7 at Liverpool's Hard Day's Night Hotel. The show will also feature the Bumblies, the Cheerful Sinners and the Beat Club.
Geoff Nugent of the Undertakers was George Harrison’s best friend and grew up with Harrison in Speke in Liverpool. He says he remembers the day Harrison asked him to lend him his new 1.5 watt El Pico amplifier for an audition with a band called the Quarrymen. However, Nugent refused.
“Me ma would have killed me,” he said.
George had to go acoustic that day, but it didn't seem to make any difference in the outcome of the audition.
Karl Terry’s band originally started in 1957. Terry says many of their numbers were also used by the Beatles in their early Star Club act, including “Hallelujah I Love Her So” and “Knee Deep in the Blues”.
Terry also has the distinction of playing with the Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers together the night they appeared as The Beatmakers at Litherland Town Hall on Oct. 19, 1961.
Brian Jones, the Undertakers' sax player, says the riff in the Beatles song "Birthday" was taken from the song "Just A Little Bit" recorded by The Undertakers. The band also says they recorded the song "Money" before the Beatles.
Jones, with a twinkle in his eye, says the Beatles were always a bit wary about playing on the same stage with the Undertakers. He says there was always great respect between the two bands. Some years later, Paul McCartney asked Jones to do a recording session with Wings and to play on Mike McGear’s Warner Brothers album "McGear"
The Undertakers and Karl Terry & The Cruisers are supported on the "Back to the '60s" bill by the Bumblies who were originally formed in 1963 and later went on to become the Cryin' Shames.
Geoff Nugent зажал усилок и очень этим теперь гордиться.
Roger McGuinn считает,что именно он познакомил Джоржа с ситаром и Рави Шанкаром во время гастролей битлов в Америке в 1965 году.
Beatles introduced to Ravi Shankar at Zsa Zsa Gabor's LSD party, Byrds singer reveals
By Dean Nelson in New Delhi
The Beatles were introduced to Ravi Shankar's sitar music by Roger McGuinn at an LSD-fuelled Los Angeles party at Zsa Zsa Gabor's mansion, the founder of the The Byrds has said.
The collaboration between the Indian composer and the British pop band went inspired psychedelia, the 1960s movement that blended mind-altering drugs with experimental beat music that was one of the dominant cultural influences of the decade.
It took The Beatles to India to meet the Maharishi, inspired George Harrison to take sitar lessons from Pandit Ravi Shankar, and had a deep influence on albums including Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Sitar sounds later featured on The Rolling Stones hit Paint it Black and Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours".
But according to McGuinn, founder of the American rock band that had hits with "Mr Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!", has now spoken for the first time about the moment he introduced Ravi Shankar's music to The Beatles.
According to McGuinn, the birth of the counterculture movement began when the Beatles sent a limousine to collect him and fellow Byrds founder David Crosby to hang out with them at Zsa-Zsa Gabor's Bel Air mansion, which they were renting during their 1965 tour of the United States.
"There were girls at the gates, police guards. We went in and David, John Lennon, George Harrison and I took LSD to help get to know each other better. There was a large bathroom in the house and we were all sitting on the edge of a shower passing around a guitar, taking turns to play our favourite songs. John and I agreed Be-Bop-A-Lula was our favourite 50s rock record.
"I showed George Harrison some Ravi Shankar sounds, which I'd heard because we shared the same record company, on the guitar. I told him about Ravi Shankar and he said he had never heard Indian music before," McGuinn told the Daily Telegraph from his home in Florida.
"You can hear what I played him from the Byrds' song 'Why'. I had learned to play it on the guitar from listening to records of Ravi Shankar," he added.
Harrison became the first Western pop musician to play a sitar on the song Norwegian Wood, and visited Shankar in Kashmir the following year to take sitar lessons.
After discussing Indian music, McGuinn said the conversation turned to religion, and he asked Harrison "what he thought about God". Harrison, who later became a disciple of the Maharishi and an advocate of Transcendental Meditation and "yogic flying", replied: "We don't know about that."
"Then they didn't know whether there was a God or not or about anything going on in the spiritual world, they were oblivious to it," he said.
When he next met George Harrison on a plane some time later, the Beatle was so focused on Indian religion that he was "transcending" in his seat, McGuinn said.
"We talked about Transcendental Meditation and he looked like he was somewhere else. I asked him 'what's going on?' and he said he was 'transcending'," he said.
"We planted the seeds [of psychedelia]. We loved Indian music and did some things in that vein, but not as much as The Beatles. Later they went out there [to India], got some sitars, met Ravi Shankar and learned to play them, and got into the whole Eastern Thing. We didn't really realise it but it had an impact. We loved the Beatles and they loved The Byrds, and we were sharing influences," he added.
At the time, he said, LSD and Indian music were a natural fit at a time when many were trying to "discover the truth about spiritual things".
McGuinn's memories of introducing the Beatles to Indian influences were stirred when he read a Daily Telegraph article in which Ravi Shankar, who is proud of his role as a classical Hindustani musician, voiced his anger at the Beatles for turning him into a "pop star" and surrounding him with drugged-out hippies.
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'My Sweet Lord' Becomes Roman Catholic Prayer
Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI held a special Mass today in Vatican City to welcome a new prayer into the Roman Catholic Church. The prayer is a well-know song from ex-Beatle George Harrison called 'My Sweet Lord'. The 30-year old song is a favourite of the pontiff, and millions of catholics know the words already.
Pope Benedict says the words to 'My Sweet Lord' always brings tears to his eyes: "It's a very sensitive song about mankind's desire to know God." stated the pope. "It's also a very sensitive song about mankind's love for God, and God's love for the human race." he said, while choking back some fresh tears.
The pope also plans to make George Harrison a saint, even though the ex-Beatle was not a Roman Catholic.
"The Church believes George Harrison is now in Heaven with his Sweet Lord!" proclaimed the pope at the special Mass. "The Church believes Saint George of the Beatles was inspired by the Holy Spirit when he wrote 'My Sweet Lord'--and maybe the Shirelles too." continued the pontiff.
The pontiff also predicted the song 'would eventually become more popular than the Beatles and that it would be said at Mass for thousands of years in the future.
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Скорсезе завершил съемки фильма о Джордже Харрисоне
Режиссер Мартин Скорсезе заявил, что завершил съемки документального фильма Living in the Material World: George Harrison об экс-участнике группы The Beatles Джордже Харрисоне, сообщает Variety. Картина выйдет в прокат в 2011 году.
Над фильмом Скорсезе работал в сотрудничестве с супругой Харрисона Оливией. Продюсированием картины занимались компания Скорсезе Sikelia Productions и компания Харрисона Grove Street Productions. По словам Скорсезе, он провел бесчисленные часы, просматривая записи, видео кассеты и фотографии, принадлежащие Харрисону. В картину Living in the Material World войдут неизвестный ранее съемки из жизни музыканта, включая время, когда он входил в состав группы The Beatles . Скорзесе отметил, что работал над лентой параллельно со съемками фильма "Остров проклятых".
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Scorsese is 'Living in the Material World'
Here comes the sun.
Martin Scorsese revealed Thursday that he has finished shooting documentary "Living in the Material World: George Harrison," working in tandem with Olivia Harrison, the musician's widow.
Producers are Scorsese, Harrison and Exclusive Media co-chair/CEO Nigel Sinclair. A 2011 release date is being eyed.
Exclusive, which holds worldwide rights, is shopping the project at Cannes, where Scorsese and Harrison are promoting the doc. There's no domestic distrib yet.
"Living in the Material World" is a production of Scorsese's Sikelia Prods., Olivia Harrison's Grove Street Prods. and Exclusive's Spitfire Pictures documentary label.
Scorsese is fascinated by rock 'n' roll musicians, and has chronicled some of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, including the Band ("The Last Waltz"), the Rolling Stones ("Shine a Light"), Bob Dylan ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan") and, now, George Harrison.
Scorsese said the former Beatles' life was a remarkable musical and spiritual voyage. He and Olivia Harrison both said George Harrison was always trying to find the balance between the physical and the spiritual, hence the film's title.
"I grew up a Roman Catholic and wanted to become a priest, so it is a subject matter that has never left me. The more you're in the material world, the more the search for serenity," Scorsese said.
Harrison said she spent countless hours pouring through her husband's notes, cassette tapes and photos. Many of those materials have never been made public before.
Film also uses never-before-seen footage in tracing the guitarist and songwriter's life, from his days with the Beatles until his death in 2001. It includes interviews with those closest to him, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, Tom Petty, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector.
Harrison wrote and released songs until his death. One note his widow found: "Goats on a roof."
Project reteams Scorsese, Sinclair and exec producer Margaret Bodde, who worked together on "No Direction Home."
"Living in the Material World" is now being edited by David Tedeschi, who cut both "No Direction Home" and "Shine a Light."
Scorsese said he worked on the doc simultaneously with "Shutter Island," and that working on a nonfiction film and a feature at the same time is a liberating experience. Similarly, he worked on "No Direction" at the same time that he was making "The Aviator."
"In a complicated way, it frees me from the constrictions of a feature. I have a narrative freedom," Scorsese said.
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Scorsese elaborates on George Harrison doc
CANNES -- Martin Scorsese swept into the Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel down the coast from Cannes on Saturday afternoon with George Harrison's widow, Olivia. The two have been collaborating on a documentary about the famous songwriter for the past three years and are finally nearing the end of a long and winding road.
Titled "Living in the Material World: George Harrison," the documentary will take on the whole of the Beatles guitarist's life before, during and after his time in the world's most popular and successful band. Producer Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive Media Group, home of the Spitfire Pictures label that will release the doc, was also on hand to provide background and perspective on the forthcoming project.
"His music is very important to me," Scorsese said of Harrison. "So I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don't know. We're just feeling our way through."
Among other things, Scorsese says he related to Harrison's quest for "spirituality," something the filmmaker has explored his whole life, and especially in movies from "Mean Streets" to "Kundun."
"That subject matter has never left me," says Scorsese. "The more you're in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you."
"He always said he gave his nervous system for the Beatles," Olivia chimes in.
"I'm an outsider on this," says Scorsese, taking on the project from the perspective of a curious fan. He tells the story of one morning getting ready for school at NYU on the Lower East Side in the early '60s, when an AM radio DJ announced that he was going to play the very first stateside single of the Beatles. Scorsese says he heard the song and felt it was the first time U.K. pop could really hold up to American pop music.
Scorsese met Harrison several times, first when he, Jack Nicholson and Robbie Robertson knocked on his door in a frantic moment during the filming of "The Last Waltz" in the late '70s, and then again in the early '90s.
Olivia finally initiated the current project several years ago because she says she had been approached by numerous production companies, including the BBC, looking to make a documentary about Harrison from the moment he died in 2001. She resisted at first because Harrison had always wanted to do his own documentary using his own archive of videos.
Eventually, she realized it "was something that needed to be done," and was pointed to Sinclair, who had produced the Bob Dylan documentary "No Direction Home" that Scorsese directed. But still, it was a traumatic experience for her to dig back through all of that history.
"This is a deeply personal journey for me, it's been excruciating," she says. "I've been archiving for five years -- 35 years, really. Throwing cassettes and letters in drawers, little things and pieces of paper that you find that say, 'Goats on my roof.' You think, What does that mean?"
She says that during the research period, Scorsese would ask for something from 1945, she would dig something up, and then get lost in old letters, drawings, ideas and reveries. Or she'd come across a lost cassette from 1966 with music she had never heard.
"So that's been wonderful, but emotional, too," Olivia says. "But I feel really safe, I feel protected. Marty had a connection with George, and they spent time together. And he's passionate about film and music as George was passionate about music and film."
"This is undertaken, not casually," Scorsese says. "It's a great deal of reticence and thinking."
And juggling, since the director was working on it as he developed and shot "Shutter Island." His editor on the Dylan doc, David Tedeschi, has been working on the Harrison piece as well, and would forge ahead when Scorsese was indisposed on the fiction film. Scorsese notes that their work on the Dylan film stretched from "The Aviator" through to "The Departed."
" 'Shutter Island' took a great deal out of me," Scorsese says. "This was a form of interest and a really good sense of ignorance -- not knowing what you're getting into. I know the level is deep, and I know at some point there's going to be conflicts between the projects. But this is a labor of love, it's not something that has that kind of a deadline."
So Scorsese spent weekends and margins looking at footage and cuts of the Harrison work, and doing research. "Even though it's complex and it's hard to do, in a very complicated way it frees me from the strictures of the feature and makes me think -- I hope -- a little more clearly about the feature," Scorsese says of the process. "Because there's something in these films that had a narrative freedom to them, and it's something that the features may be going this way, and the nonfiction films are going this way, and somehow you hope they interweave."
But at this point, Scorsese says that they are moving toward a 2011 release date and nearly have finished a final cut of the second of three parts of the movie.
Olivia and Scorsese acknowledge that their film will feature never-before-seen footage and personal recordings of Harrison's, as he saved everything and left a ton of material. Scorsese says that all of that personal music led the way to the nonchronological exploration they wanted to take.
"Ultimately, we're trying to have the development of his own music tell the story, if we can," he says. "And the images that he shot, that [Olivia] shot, a lot of this is telling the story. There are some famous bits and some very interesting new material."
Olivia adds: "I think it's not only about George Harrison, but about how a person moves through life and deals with his own life. And it was a pretty intense life for a young person."
In addition to his achievements as a master filmmaker and preservationist, Scorsese has now made a number of films -- "Shine a Light," "Last Waltz," "No Direction Home," "The Blues" (he was even an editor on the "Woodstock" concert film) -- that he is personally building a library of the history of rock.
"We certainly haven't done it intentionally," Scorsese says. "We never really intended to make a chronicle of rock music. But the music inspires so much of what I do with my fiction films that they both seem to be blending now. They seem to be interweaving."
Фирма Гибсон поставила Джоржа в своем рейтинге на 11 место и назвала его гитаристом оказавшем наибольшее влияние на всех прочих музыкантов.
11. George Harrison (The Beatles)
If judged solely by the number of people who picked up a guitar for the first time because of his music, George Harrison is the most influential guitarist of all time. Deftly mixing rockabilly, blues and country, Harrison was the perfect guitarist for the omnivorous songcrafting of The Beatles. His incorporation of sitar into the band’s sound practically changed the way people thought about the sonic possibilities of pop music. In addition to all this, he played the sweetest sounding slide anywhere. – Michael Wright
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TIME BANDITS and three other HandMade Films announced for Blu-ray release
Chatsworth, Calif. – Once upon a time, in the far-away time of the late 1970s, two legends--one musical, one comic--bumped into each other on the street and in doing so, created history. When Eric Idle of Monty Python´s comedy troupe ran into his friend, ex-Beatle George Harrison, and lamented that his film had lost financing, he didn´t expect that Harrison would end up being the man to step in and pick up the reins. But that´s exactly what happened. As Harrison later remarked to a grateful Idle, "When The Beatles were breaking up, Python kept me sane, really, so I owe you one."
Thus HandMade Films was born. Harrison´s business manager, Denis O´Brien, was drafted to oversee the finances of the new cinematic concern; Harrison came up with the "manual" company name and "Python" alum Director Terry Gilliam sketched out the now-ubiquitous logo on a napkin. History was officially underway, a history comprised of an incomparable body of work that would become the artistic backbone of the British film industry in the 1980s.
On August 24, Image Entertainment celebrates HandMade´s three-decade heritage with the Blu-ray debut of four HandMade Films classics: "The Long Good Friday," "Time Bandits," "Mona Lisa" and "Withnail and I." These are examples of British drama and humor at their finest: illuminating the human condition with sympathy, intelligence . . . and time travel! Fully remastered, all-new 1080p high-definition transfers have been created for the HD debut of these incomparable titles, and they will be available for an SRP of $17.97 each. In addition, the titles are also available via digital download exclusively on iTunes starting July 20, 2010.
These classics from the HandMade Films library are ground-breaking and heart-breaking, candid and clever. The surprisingly compassionate portraits of the underworld in "The Long Good Friday" and the Oscar-nominated "Mona Lisa," the eccentric fantasy of "Time Bandits," the cynicism and black comedy of "Withnail and I"--each title is a prime example of the how filmgoers trusted the HandMade Films label for unrestrained creativity and brilliant storytelling. Featuring stars such as Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Caine and more, they sparkle with talent and flair. And, newly remastered on Blu-ray, with lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, these classics shine with a clarity never seen before!
"The Long Good Friday" (1980) Mob boss Harry Shand (Academy Award nominee Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa) runs an underworld empire, but his dreams are much bigger. He and his sophisticated wife (Oscar winner Helen Mirren, "The Queen") aspire to partner with American mobsters to turn the barren docklands of London into a development for the upcoming Olympics. But their perfect plan begins to unravel when a string of deadly bombings leads Shand to the stunning realization that he is being targeted by the IRA. A bloody race ensues as Harry tries to keep hold of his crumbling schemes.
"Time Bandits" (1981) Young Kevin´s daydreams come to life when a band of time-traveling little men crash through his bedroom wardrobe and carry him off on a hilarious crime spree-- weaving through the greatest and strangest moments of history. The pint-sized plunderers filch from Napoleon (Academy Award nominee, Ian Holm, "Chariots of Fire"), Robin Hood (Academy Award nominee, John Cleese, "A Fish Called Wanda") King Agamemnon (Oscar winner Sean Connery, "The Untouchables") and others--leading to a showdown with the forces of Evil and keeping ahead of the wrath of The Supreme Being himself! Special Features: Terry Gilliam interview, all-new video introduction with Terry Gilliam.
"Mona Lisa" (1986) An ex-convict, thug and a high-class call girl make for an unlikely trio in Academy Award Neil Jordan´s ("The Crying Game") tale of frustrated love on the cruel streets of London´s underworld. Bob Hoskins stars in his breakout performance, for which he landed an Oscar nomination, as George, a working class hood whose obsession for the exotic and cunning Simone will lead him down a dark and bloody path. The magnificent supporting cast includes Robbie Coltrane (the Harry Potter series), Sammi Davis ("Hope and Glory") and two-time Academy Award-winner Michael Caine.
"Withnail and I" (1987) Acerbic and irresistibly self-destructive Withnail (Screen Actor´s Guild winner, Richard E. Grant, "Gosford Park") and neurotic Marwood (Paul McGann) are down-at-heel actors in 1960´s London, living in squalor and drowning their artistic frustrations with booze and drugs. Fleeing the doldrums of the city, the pair finds themselves in the less than idyllic country cottage of Withnail´s lascivious uncle Monty. Their boundaries of friendship are tested by hunger, the hostile locals and Monty´s amorous advances in Director Bruce Robinson´s semi-autobiographical cult favorite.
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George Harrison Says Paul McCartney’s Dead In New DVD
A new DVD, dubbed The Last Testament of George Harrison, purportedly contains audio tape of George Harrison claiming Paul McCartney really died in 1966, a rumor which spread like wildfire amongst Beatles fans in the late ’60s. The DVD uses recordings, featuring a voice “identical to Harrison,” that allegedly arrived at the office of Highway 61 Entertainment in 2005.
“Until now, the ‘Paul is Dead’ mystery that exploded worldwide in 1969 was considered a hoax,” reads the press release for the DVD, which is due September 1 from Wienerworld. “However, in this film, George Harrison reveals a secret Beatles history, chronicling McCartney’s fatal accident, the cover up, dozens of unknown clues, and a dangerous cat and mouse game with ‘Maxwell,’ the Beatles’ MI5 handler, as John Lennon became increasingly reckless with the secret. Harrison also insists that Lennon was assassinated in 1980 after he threatened to finally expose ‘Paul McCartney’ as an imposter!”
The film was directed by Joel Gilbert, the auteur behind several DVDs about Bob Dylan.
What do you think, readers? Is Paul really dead? Do unicorns exist? Let us know.
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Новый документальный DVD «The Last Testament of George Harrison», предположительно содержит аудиозапись Джорджа Харрисона, утверждающего, что Пол Маккартни на самом деле погиб в 1966 году (этот слух будоражил умы битломанов в конце шестидесятых). Плёнки с «идентичным харрисоновскому» голосом, как утверждается, были присланы в офис фирмы Highway 61 Entertainment в 2005 году.
«До сих пор «загадка смерти Пола», прогремевшая на весь мир в 1969 году, считалась выдумкой», гласит пресс-релиз диска, выпускаемого 1 сентября компанией Wienerworld. «Однако в этом фильме Джордж Харрисон прольёт свет на тайную историю The Beatles, приведёт хронику гибели Пола и последующего её сокрытия, описав десятки неизвестных ранее намёков на реальное положение вещей, а также поведает об опасной игре в кошки-мышки с «Максвеллом», битловским куратором от MI5, проходившей в обстановке усиливающейся беспечности Джона Леннона в деле сохранения тайны. Харрисон настаивает, что Джон Леннон был устранён в 1980 году из-за угроз последнего наконец открыть истинное лицо «Пола Маккартни».
Режиссёром фильма стал Джоэл Гилберт, также подготовивший несколько DVD о Бобе Дилане.
Карлос Сантана решил записать целый альбом каверов,среди них и "While My Guitar Gently Weeps,запись которой он отсылал прослушивать Оливии.
Santana Recruits Nas, Daughtry, Weiland For Classic Rock Covers
Carlos Santana was initially intimidated by Sony Music Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis' pitch for his next album -- another "Supernatural"-style all-star collaboration, but this time on a collection of iconic rock songs by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and others.
"I was like, 'No, I don't know if I want to do this one, Clive. This one's a little challenging,' " the guitarist and bandleader recalls to Billboard.com. "And he would stay on the phone for at least 45 minutes to an hour, three times in one year, and I was like, 'Oh, lord...' But then I started realizing that someone with that intense passion of commitment couldn't be wrong, so I had to trust him. And it was incredible."
The album -- Santana's first since "All That I Am" in 2005 -- is due out in September and is not yet titled. The track list is being finalized as well, but during sessions Santana reunited with "Smooth" partner Rob Thomas on Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" and worked with Joe Cocker on Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones' "Can't You Hear Me Knocking," Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard's "Photograph," Soundgarden's Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," Papa Roach`s Jacoby Shaddix on Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" and Nas, who lays down rhymes on AC/DC's "Back in Black." Santana chose half of the songs while Davis picked the other half.
"What I brought to the table is my heart, knowing that I complement, I don't compete," Santana says of the recording sessions. "I brought my heart, trusting that there's enough in me of purity and innocence and genuineness that I couldn't possible, excuse the expression, fuck it up. I know Eric (Clapton). I know Jeff Beck. I know Jimmy Page. And they know me. I have supreme certainty and confidence that they're going to say, 'Hey man, I love what you did with my song."
While he considers ever song "incredible," Santana says his very favorite is the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which he recorded with India.Arie and cellist Yo Yo Ma. He recalls that, "I sent the song to George Harrison's widow, Olivia, and I got back an email that says, 'Carlos, I listened to the song and I started crying and jumping with joy at the same time. And I want you to know that George really loved you, because he understood your passion for compassion.' And I was like, 'Bam!' that's like George Harrison himself, through his beautiful wife, validating my existence and what I did with that song."