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Cover for George Harrison tribute book revealed

he cover for "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" has been disclosed by the publisher, Abrams Books. (See picture at left.) The book is a companion volume to the eagerly awaited Martin Scorsese documentary on the late Beatle being produced in cooperation with his family and coming later this year.

The setting of the picture is somewhat ironic given the title of the book, but it's the type of irony that Harrison and his wry humor would have appreciated.
Here's the publisher's official description of the book:

"Drawing on George Harrisons personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, Olivia Harrison reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. Here too is the record of Harrisons lifelong commitment to Indian music, and his adventures as a movie producer, Traveling Wilbury, and Formula One racing fan. The book is filled with stories and reminiscences from Harrisons friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and many, many others. Among its previously unpublished riches are photographs taken by Harrison himself beginning in the mid-1960s. It is a rich tribute to a man who died far too young, but who touched the lives of millions."

Olivia Harrison is the author of the book, with Mark Holbrun, who has previously worked on books that included photos from photographers and artists including Annie Leibovitz to Lucian Freud, acting as editor. The 400-page book will have 260 illustrations, according to the publisher.


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Martin Scorseses George Harrison Doc Airing On HBO In October

After The Last Waltz, which focuses on The Bands final concert, No Direction Home, an account of Bob Dylans early life and career and the Rolling Stones concert, Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese has no finalized plans to release his George Harrison doc this year.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World will air on HBO on Oct. 5 and 6, 2011 and features interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. Weve previously extensively covered the project here, so just check out the press release via The Wrap below for more information, including comments from Scorsese himself.

NEW YORK, July 13, 2011 HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorseses GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD from Grove Street Pictures. The film was produced by Scorsese (through his Sikelia Productions banner), Olivia Harrison (through her Grove Street Pictures banner) and Nigel Sinclair (through Exclusives documentary label, Spitfire Pictures). Margaret Bodde served as executive producer on the film, which was edited by David Tedeschi, who previously worked with Scorsese, Bodde and Sinclair on No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and with Scorsese and Bodde on Public Speaking. Tedeschi also edited Scorseses Rolling Stones concert film Shine a Light. The documentary will debut in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6, 2011 exclusively on HBO.

GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD focuses the imaginative and inspired eye of one of cinemas most preeminent filmmakers on one of the worlds most influential men. The film takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrisons life, much of it told in his own words. The result is deeply moving and touches each viewer in unique and individual ways.

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrisons life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

The film includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. They speak honestly and frankly about Georges many talents and contradictions.

When Martin Scorsese brings a project to HBO, we all know it is going to be very special, and he has added to that body of work with this monumental film on George Harrison, says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. From rocknroll icon to moviemaker, to spiritual seeker and humanitarian, George Harrison was a true renaissance man. This amazing film will illuminate every aspect of Harrisons remarkable, multifaceted life.

Comments Scorsese, Like so many millions of people, I first came to know George through the music, which was the soundtrack of our world. The Beatles music, those beautifully lyrical guitar breaks and solos, those unforgettable songs of Georges like I Me Mine or If I Needed Someone, and the images, in magazines, on album covers, the TV appearances, the newsreel footage, the Richard Lester movies; and then there was the world after the Beatles, when George and his music seemed to open up and flower.

I will never forget the first time I heard All Things Must Pass, the overwhelming feeling of taking in that all glorious music for the first time. It was like walking into a cathedral. George was making spiritually awake music we all heard and felt it and I think that was the reason that he came to occupy a very special place in our lives. So when I was offered the chance to make this picture, I jumped at it. Spending time with Olivia, interviewing so many of Georges closest friends, reviewing all that footage, some of it never seen before, and listening to all of that magnificent music it was a joy, and an experience Ill always treasure.

Notes Olivia Harrison, Martin Scorseses intuition towards George was evident the first time we met to discuss this project. He sensed what George was about: his music, his strong beliefs, his art, his place in the Beatles story and his extraordinary life afterwards. Martys wonderful film has found all of that and more.

I always hoped HBO would be our North American partners because of their respect for artistry. I am doubly happy to be working with their excellent team.

This film was an extraordinary journey for all involved and it has been a sheer pleasure working with Martin Scorsese and Olivia Harrison to bring the amazing story and legacy of George Harrison to life. We have found the perfect partner in HBO Documentary Films and are proud to have them on board to bring this incredible film to North American audiences, adds Nigel Sinclair.

Exclusive Films International, the international sales and marketing arm of Exclusive, represents worldwide rights, excluding the U.S. Scott Pascucci serves as executive producer for Grove Street and is coordinating all aspects of the films distribution for Grove Street.

Additionally, in late September, Abrams Books will publish Olivia Harrisons George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries and memorabilia from Georges life that reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. The book release is intended to coincide with the release of Scorseses film.

Scorseses upcoming feature, Hugo, a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznicks childrens book, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield, is due to be released in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures in Nov. 2011. In 1976, Scorseses Taxi Driver was awarded the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival, and it was followed by a series of outstanding successes, including New York, New York, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, GoodFellas, Casino, Kundun, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York and The Aviator.

Shine a Light, Scorseses documentary of the Rolling Stones in concert, was released worldwide in April 2008. His most recent feature was the acclaimed psychological drama Shutter Island.

Scorseses artistic excellence has been recognized with many honors, including the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award and a Kennedy Center Honor. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he has also been a staunch advocate for film preservation. He is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history, and in 2007, he launched the World Cinema Foundation (for which he serves as both founder and chair), dedicated to the preservation and restoration of neglected films from around the world.

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist. She administers the Material World Charitable Foundation, and received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 Concert for George, which she organized to benefit the Foundation in memory of her husband. She also administers the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, and received the 2010 UNICEF Spirit Of Compassion Award in recognition of her familys assistance to the children of Bangladesh.


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Beatles $600,000 Ferrari on Sale; Art-Market Confidence Rises

A Ferrari 365 GTC is for sale priced at 375,000 pounds ($600,000) after its owner discovered that the car once belonged to the musician George Harrison.

A search of registration records showed that the blue coupe had been bought new by the Beatle for 4,000 pounds in 1969, according to the present seller, U.K. classic-Ferrari specialist Talacrest. The car inspired Harrisons friend, fellow guitarist Eric Clapton, to become a Ferrari collector.

Id never seen one in the flesh before and my heart melted, Clapton wrote of the car in his autobiography. It was like seeing the most beautiful woman on earth. Even though he could not drive at the time, he soon acquired the first of several Ferraris, also for 4,000 pounds. Harrison sold his GTC in the mid-1970s.

Some exceptional cars are making record prices at auctions, especially those with links to celebrities. A 400GT 2+2 Lamborghini described as being owned by Paul McCartney fetched 122,500 pounds earlier this month. Last October, RM Auctions sold a 1972 Lamborghini Miura, whose first owner was the singer Rod Stewart, for 694,400 pounds, beating an upper forecast of 560,000 pounds.


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George Harrison's Bangladesh show keeps giving

(CBS News)

George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Monday. The concert wasn't just a historic event for the drought and famine-ravaged region - it was also a historic event for musicians everywhere.

When Harrison took the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971, he hadn't performed publicly since the Beatles' last concert in 1966. But, as they say, he got by with a little help from his friends. The famous concert and its recordings raised millions for the broken country; it also changed the face of celebrity activism.

The problem was a humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, "Early Show" co-anchor Jeff Glor reported. The friend who asked Harrison for help was Indian musician Ravi Shankar.

Andrew DeCurtis, of Rolling Stone magazine said of the concert, "Back in 1971, the idea of seeing any of the Beatles on the stage was a pretty electrifying concept. They had not performed as a band since 1966."

Jon Taplin, producer of The Concert for Bangladesh, told CBS News, "(Harrison) called me and said, 'I want to do this live show, and I want to get as many of our friends together as we can,' and so I said, 'OK, I'm in, I want to do it."

Legends like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell and Ringo Star showed up to help Harrison with the concert.

"(The stars who signed on) generated a huge amount of excitement and a huge amount of attention, which of course, it was meant to do," DeCurtis said.

Caryl M. Stern, chief executive officer of UNICEF, told CBS News, "I don't think anyone in the world has ever done anything on that scale before, but he brought together musicians and he used music for good."

That day - almost 40 years ago - Harrison and his friends helped put Bangladesh on the map. What's more - they gave musicians a new way to give back.

"The template was set by Bangladesh," DeCurtis said. "It becomes sort of the emotional backdrop I think for, you know, Live Aid and all the other concerts that have come over these few decades."

In 1985, nearly two billion people across 150 nations watched Live Aid, a televised, dual-city concert held in London and Philadelphia

Later that year came Farm Aid, the brainchild of Willie Nelson.

The show was such a success that Nelson has hosted one almost every year since, raising millions and continuing what's now a trend: whenever there's a national or international crisis, musicians unite.

Stern, of UNICEF said, "They understand that there are people who live in places that many of us can't find on a map, whose voices won't get heard, who don't have a microphone to sing through."

U2 frontman Bono took aim at the G-8 in 2005. He helped organize Live 8, a set of eight concerts in eight cities, involving more than 1,000 musicians.

Inspired by Live 8, Al Gore decided to go even bigger. On July 7, 2007, Live Earth aired, a 22-hour, globally-broadcast series of concerts held one-by-one, on each continent.

Madonna said during her concert in the Live Earth, "These concerts all around the world aren't just about entertainment, they're about starting a revolution."

DeCurtis said, "I don't think George Harrison thought of this as a revolutionary idea. Let's have these massive concerts. 'What can I do? I'm a musician, I've got these friends. Let me just call them up. We'll play a show.'"

Taplin added, "That was a good thing, a benefit, literally a benefit concert."

The concert began as a favor for a friend and ended up redefining the way the world responds to a crisis.

Glor added on "The Early Show" the concert itself generated $250,000 for Bangladesh, but sales of the album afterward generated $15 million for UNICEF.

Apple Records and UNICEF have joined forces to celebrate the concert's 40th anniversary. Starting today, the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh is available for free streaming on iTunes through Monday. The hope is that people will see the concert and then download the album. All proceeds go towards the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which is now being used to help children in the troubled Horn of Africa region.


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Artist releases limited ed. George Harrison print to honor Bangladesh concert

Artist Shepard Fairley, a fan of the Beatles and George Harrison, is paying tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh today with a new limited edition art print of Harrison at the concert.
"George Harrison has been an inspiration to musicians and me across the world. I love the Beatles, and George's album 'All Things Must Pass' is one of my all time favorites," he said in a statement. "What I also love about George is his political consciousness because I'm a passionate believer in using creativity for social good.

"In 1971, George's friend Ravi Shankar asked him to help the children of Bangladesh. George took action by hosting the Concert for Bangladesh in support of UNICEF. I have created an art print that celebrates George Harrison and The Concert For Bangladesh. I am proud to join the anniversary celebration and honor Georges legacy by supporting the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF."

The signed and numbered screen prints of Henry Diltz's photo of Harrison, titled "Friendship and Support," will be available starting Aug. 8 and are limited to an edition of 450 and measure 18" x 24″. Cost is $65 each and proceeds go to UNICEF.


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GEORGE HARRISON will return to the big screen from beyond the grave - MARTIN SCORSESE's documentary about the late BEATLE is set to premiere at the 2011 San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.

The music documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, will open the annual event when it kicks off on 16 September (11).

It will receive its TV debut on America's HBO cable network in October (11).


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Trailer for Martin Scorsese's GEORGE HARRISON: Living In The Material World

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Popular Seattle band to perform George Harrison Jam to honor 10th anniversary

August 15, 2011, Seattle, Washington - The tenth anniversary of George Harrisons death will be honored in a concert in Seattle, Washington on November 12, 2011. Seattles popular Beatle tribute act, Apple Jam, will perform Harrisons songs at the Triple Door, including favorite Beatle tracks as well as solo years. Steve Roseta, of Roseta Productions, said the show will also include some more obscure tracks and never released material of Harrisons.

Apple Jam performed a George Harrison Jam for the 5th anniversary of Harrison's death in December of 2006. (Read my review here) The band is devoted to the accuracy of the Beatles sound; they have done John Lennon Jams as well as McCartney tributes. The McCartney tribute was done in July of 2010, and the most recent John Lennon Jam paid tribute to the 30th anniversary of Johns death, December 8, 2010.

George Harrison passed away November 29, 2001 of cancer. it's hard to believe it's been ten years. When he passed away, age 58, in Los Angeles, his family issued a statement saying: "He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death, and at peace, surrounded by family and friends. He often said, 'Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another."'


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Latest Rolling Stone looks inside private life of George Harrison

The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, #1139, which hits the stands today, features a cover story on George Harrison that looks at him as a member of the Beatles and his life away from the stage.

The eight-page story by Brian Hiatt, tied to the Martin Scorsese film "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" which premieres this fall on HBO, features several unseen rare early pictures, including a young George visiting a racetrack in 1955, puffing a cigarette in 1960 and at the Empire State Building during his 1963 pre-fame visit to the United States. Another image, taken in Tahiti in 1964, is almost a current image of his son Dhani and points out how much the two resemble each other.

It also includes comments from family and friends, including George's widow Olivia, his son Dhani, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, his first wife Pattie Boyd and Ravi Shankar. The anticipation for "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" can only get stronger after seeing this story.



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Martin Scorsese's new documentary reveals the candid truthRecollections by surviving Beatles and second wife Olivia cast new light on the emotional intensity that drove his music
Vanessa Thorpe and Ben Dowell The Observer, Sunday 4 September 2011 Article history

Previously unseen private letters, home movie footage and intimate personal recollections of George Harrison are set to radically correct public perceptions of "the quiet Beatle" in a new documentary by Martin Scorsese.

Revelations include the fact that Harrison's widow, Olivia, struggled to keep the relationship with her wayward husband on track. In the film Eric Clapton also talks about how he felt consumed with envy as he fell in love with Pattie Boyd, Harrison's first wife.

Scorsese, who has focused his camera in recent years on musical subjects, from his history of the blues to a concert film of the Rolling Stones and an acclaimed study of Bob Dylan, No Direction Home, now sheds light on the self-confessed "dark horse" Harrison. Living in the Material World shows a man who as well as being the stylish hippy of popular perception had a caustic wit and a talent for deep friendship as well as an abiding obsession with his music.

Olivia Harrison, who produced the film with Scorsese and allowed unprecedented access to the family archive, talks candidly about her late husband's "challenging" attitude to other women and about the stranger who broke into the couple's home and nearly ended Harrison's life shortly after he had recovered from the first bout of the cancer that would eventually kill him.

She reveals that, although she and Harrison "seemed like partners from the very beginning" and shared a strong interest in meditation, their marriage survived a series of "hiccups". "He did like women and women did like him," she says. "If he just said a couple of words to you it would have a profound effect. So it was hard to deal with someone who was so well loved."

Paul McCartney also speaks about his old friend's appreciation of women: "I don't want to say much, because he was a pal, but he liked the things that men like. He was red-blooded."

Endurance was the key to the second, long-lasting Harrison marriage, according to his widow. "You go through challenges in your marriage and here is what I found: the first time we had a big hiccup in the road, we came through things, and then you go, 'Wow!' There is a reward at the end of it," said Olivia Harrison. "There is this incredible reward because you have lived through more and you have let go of something."

By the end, when her husband was ill, she was glad that they had "worked this through together. Through all these things that came between us."

She also reveals Harrison's fury at John Lennon's murder in 1980 at the hands of Mark Chapman. "He was angry John did not have a chance to leave his body in a better way," she says.

A few years later the Harrisons were to face danger themselves at the hands of a stranger. An attacker in what Olivia Harrison recalls as "a florid, psychotic state" smashed a window at their Friar Park home during the night and seriously injured them with a knife. "[George] thought that, after everything that had happened to him, 'I am going to be murdered in my own home.'"

Interviews with Phil Spector, who produced Harrison's first solo work, and with Sir George Martin reveal Harrison's central concern with music. Spector remembers an emotional intensity and an attention to detail. "Perfectionism is not the word. It went beyond that."

Harrison's widow says that his most important relationships were conducted through music and recounts that some of the lyrics to the song I'd Have You Anytime, written with Bob Dylan, were addressed to Dylan himself, whom Harrison felt had retreated from their friendship.

Clapton talks about the Camelot-like world of the Beatles and of feeling like he was an envious Lancelot. "I had become more and more obsessed with [George's] wife, Pattie," Clapton admits, describing how he confessed to his friend, "who was very cavalier" about it, almost giving him "carte blanche". Clapton adds: "To be honest there was a lot of swapping and fooling around."

Interviews with Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam confirm Harrison's crucial role in funding the Monty Python film Life of Brian by mortgaging his home. Harrison, through HandMade Films, went on to produce other leading British films such as The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa and Withnail and I.

Ringo Starr is brought to tears on screen by the memory of his final conversation with Harrison who, dying in a Swiss hospital bed, still managed a bleak joke. Starr had to leave because his daughter was undergoing emergency brain surgery in Los Angeles.

"George said: 'Do you want me to come with you?' They were the last words I heard him say."

George Harrison: Living in the Material World is released on Blu-Ray and DVD on 10 October and will be broadcast by the BBC later in the year

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George Harrison's life unfolds in exhibit, film, book

Beginning Oct. 11, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will display George Harrison: Living in the Material World, the first major museum retrospective of the late musician's life and career. The exhibit corresponds with two other projects of the same name: a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, which HBO will run in two parts Oct. 5-6, and a book from Harrison's widow, Olivia, out Sept. 27. Harrison also is the subject of a new Rolling Stone cover story.

Scorsese and Olivia Harrison uncovered so much during the five-year process of making the documentary that "it seemed a shame not to share that," she says. "There was just too much material that Marty didn't use ephemera, letters. It lent itself to a pictorial arc of George's life."

Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli says the exhibit will illustrate the complexity of the late Beatle from both professional and personal perspectives.

"This was a man who was intensely spiritual," Santelli says. "But as kind and gentle as he was with gardening and the natural world, he was ferociously competitive with Formula One race cars. There's this wide cross-section of George Harrison surprises that we put in the exhibit for people to see up close and personal."

Many of the artifacts have not left Friar Park, Harrison's home in Henley-on-Thames, England, since he died from lung cancer in November 2001 at 58. The exhibit will feature the guitars he played on Beatles and solo recordings (including his Gretsch Duo Jet), as well as stage costumes (suits worn at Shea Stadium and the Concert for Bangladesh), handwritten lyrics to unheard songs, photographs, letters and journals.

"Most interesting are his journals, particularly as a youngster," Santelli says. "We found evidence of all kinds of very sophisticated ideas as to what this band called The Beatles might look like, in terms of their outfits and the guitars that he would play. And we're talking about 1960, '61, '62 well before the advent of Beatlemania."

The Grammy Museum will host Living in the Material World (free with museum admission) through the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, after which the exhibit will travel.

"We are finalizing the cities, but it will tour a few places in the States and then spend some time in Europe, including London," Santelli says.

Harrison expects the exhibit to offer fans a more complete picture of her husband of 23 years.

"With the book and the movie, it tells a story," she says. "I think you'll know more about what he was thinking and feeling while he was being quiet which wasn't a lot of the time, to be honest. It's really the inner journey. His outward persona was music, but he was a really deep-feeling, thinking person. Maybe that's why people perceived him as being quiet, because he was very introspective."


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George Harrison guest appearance featured in ex-Rolling Stones member's box set

A new box set of post-Rolling Stones work by Bill Wyman will include tracks with appearances by George Harrison and former Ringo Starr All-Starr Band members Peter Frampton and Gary Brooker, plus fellow former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Chris Rea, Nicky Hopkins and percussionist Ray Cooper, among many others.
The five-disc "Bill Wyman Collector's Edition Box Set," which collects four studio albums by Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, will be released in the U.S. on Proper American Records on Oct. 25.

Harrison plays slide guitar on the track "Love Letters" from the 2001 Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings' album "Double Bill." Also on the track are Wyman on bass, Georgie Fame on organ, Tommy Emmanuel on guitar, Graham Broad on drums, Terry Taylor on guitar, Frank Ricotti on percussion, Janice Hoyle on backing vocals and Beverley Sweets on vocals. The track was recorded in late 2000, according to Kristofer Englehardt's "Beatles Deeper Undercover."

Wyman's group did their own version of a Harrison Beatles song, a cover of "Taxman," on "Living in the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison," which released in 2003. Ringo Starr made a guest appearance in the 1985 live video by Willie and the Poor Boys, which also featured Wyman.

Both Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band are groups set up basically for the fun of playing. As Wyman, who left the Rolling Stones in part because he didn't want to travel much anymore, says, "We have a really nice time playing music that grabs us and we go home with smiles on our faces, just like the audience does. Thats really all its about.


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Touring George Harrison's 'Material World' at the Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museums new exhibition George Harrison: Living in the Material World offers an unusually intimate look into the public and private lives of one of the most intensely public and private people in pop music history.

The exhibition opened Wednesday with a press preview during the day, followed in the evening by an invitation-only VIP event hosted by Harrisons widow, Olivia Harrison. Guests included Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach, Harrisons Traveling Wilburys cohort Jeff Lynne, Doors drummer John Densmore, actor Edward James Olmos, veteran studio and touring drummer Jim Keltner (who played on most of Harrisons solo projects), Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and longtime Grammy Awards telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich, according to museum Executive Director Robert Santelli.

Olivia Harrison has loaned a large batch of items that span her husbands life, from notebooks he used as a schoolboy in Liverpool to iconic instruments (his Gretsch Duo Jet electric guitar, the Gibson acoustic from A Hard Days Night and rosewood Fender Telecaster from Let It Be, among several) clothing (his original Shea Stadium suit) from his years with the Beatles to signature pieces from his life after the Beatles (the cream-colored Nudie Cohn suit he wore at the Concert for Bangladesh).

If may seem ironic to put the spotlight on material objects associated with a musician who spent much of his life emphasizing spiritual over temporal matters. But as Olivia Harrison put it when she spoke to me recently about the exhibit as well as the Martin Scorsese documentary of the same title that premiered last week on HBO, George was also into material things because he lived in the material world. He wasnt a mendicant going around holding a bowl, although he might have ended up that way if he had lived longer. You never know.

The aspect Harrison himself might have had the most trouble with was seeing his guitars safely ensconced within Plexiglas display cases.

Fans have been wanting to see these things, Olivia Harrison said. The guitars are beautiful, and I know they should be seen and shared. George always said that instruments should be played. When he came across somebody who had collected a thousand instruments, he thought it was wrong that they were kept locked away in a warehouse somewhere. Maybe one day well be able to have it where people can actually pick up and play some of them.

Thats not an option at the Grammy Museum exhibition, but there are hands-on aspects, notably three listening stations at which visitors can manipulate the sound mix on his 1973 hit Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth). The stations are equipped with all eight tracks drawn from the original master tapes, so listeners can isolate Harrisons vocals, his slide guitar, drums, bass, percussion or backing vocals or balance them to their own preferences.

Santelli said that at Tuesday nights VIP opening, Starr spent several minutes playing producer with the track. He said Starr told him, Now Im going to give George Martin a run for his money.

Other elements of special interest to longtime Harrison fans will be displays of several of his signature songs in his own handwriting, some appearing to be original drafts including corrections, revisions and in some cases, words or even entire verses that he omitted from the final version.

The show runs through Feb. 12, 2012, and then is expected to move on to other museums around the world.


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George Harrison's Death To Be Marked With Two Liverpool Concerts

The 10th anniversary of the death of George Harrison is being celebrated by two concerts in Liverpool.

The concerts, set to take place in Harrison's home city at St. George's Hall and the Cavern Club, will feature a wealth of bands he signed to The Beatles' Apple Label, including Brute Force and The Radha Krishna Temple, The Mersey Beatles, Singh Strings, Andre Barreau from The Bootleg Beatles and The Dovedale School Choir.

The St. George's Hall concert will be free and visitors from the Radha Krishna Temple will feed all the performers and audiences at both concerts free of charge, reports BBC News.

In addition, Living in the Material World, the Martin Scorsese directed documentary on Harrison, will see its release on DVD on October 11.

Harrison passed away November 29, 2001 at the age of 58 from lung cancer.


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