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CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH

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GEORGE HARRISON-INTERVIEW WITH DICK CAVETT 1971

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HERE COMES THE SUN

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GEORGE HARRISON BIO

George Harrison

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Known first as “The Quiet Beatle,” George Harrison was a great songwriter who had the misfortune to be surrounded by two stone cold geniuses whose work often obscured his talents. Yet Harrison compositions such as “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” are as good as anything the Beatles ever recorded. And with his solo debut All Things Must Pass, he stepped completely out of the shadows of his Beatle band mates to reveal himself a powerfully spiritual songwriter with an expansive sense of melody. Harrison was also a gifted, fluid guitarist and hugely influential in introducing the Beatles — and, by extension, the entire Sixties generation – to Eastern religion and musical influences. His devotion to Hinduism was expressed publicly through rock and roll’s first massive charity event, the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.

Before all that, Harrison was a teen guitarist in thrall to Britain’s 1950s skiffle revival — a working class kid with a band called the Rebels. It was Paul McCartney, a schoolmate one year ahead of Harrison, who invited the 15-year-old to jam with the Quarrymen, a group led John Lennon. (Harrison had come three years behind Lennon at his previous school.) This band would become the Beatles — and Harrison would himself become, like Lennon and McCartney, one of his generation’s great seekers. His response to fame, however, was to direct that search inside of himself.

As a songwriter, Harrison was continually out-gunned by Lennon-McCartney. The intense trio of songs he contributed to Revolver — “Taxman,” “I Want to Tell You,” and “Love You To” — would be his most significant contribution to a single Beatles album. He had other classics to his credit, including “Here Comes the Sun” and “Something,” his first Beatles A-side, a track which would top the charts in America. (Both came off 1969’s Abbey Road) But Harrison also funneled his creativity into the guitar, a suitably introspective pursuit. From his raw, early rock-and-roll influences he extrapolated a wide-ranging and poetic style. In the late sixties, he helped introduce the slide guitar to prominence; he also popularized the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and its ultra-distinctive sound on 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night.

Harrison introduced the Byrds to the Rickenbacker; they, in turn, led him to what would become a calling card: the sitar. With the Indian composer Ravi Shankar as his teacher, the guitarist introduced the instrument (which dates to the middle ages) into the Beatles, and rock music, with “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown,” off 1965’s Rubber Soul. Two years later, Harrison’s unique, and principal, contribution to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band would be “Within You Without You,” a centerpiece for sitar. It was his experimental sliver of that experimental album, but it also a declaration of his independence. In 1966, the band gave up performing live (which suited the shy, perfectionist Harrison). In 1969, during filming of recording sessions for The Beatles, Harrison quit the band. He returned 12 days later, after negotiations, but he was the first splinter in the band as it finally broke apart in 1970.

Meanwhile, Harrison lived his life increasingly under the guidance of Hinduism. Shankar, who he’d made world famous, had become a close friend, and would remain so for life. He married Pattie Boyd, who he’d met on the set for the Hard Days Night movie, in 1966; in 1969, he bought a private estate in Henley-on-Thames called Friar Park. Creatively, he’d clearly built a head of steam. His Wonderwall Music soundtrack (Wonderwall Music, 1968) was the first solo effort from a Beatle, and as a ramshackle mix of traditional Indian music and rock, hardly one for the screaming fans. For Electronic Music (1969), he partnered with composers like Bernie Krause for an exercise in Moog synthesizer noodling.

Throat cleared, he then released All Things Must Pass, a three-record, Number One album of songs he’d originally written for the Beatles. It would become his masterwork. Produced by Phil Spector and featuring guests Eric Clapton and Traffic’s Dave Mason, the record produced “My Sweet Lord,” his biggest solo hit. That this achingly tender evocation of his religious beliefs was eventually shown, in civil court, to have its melody taken from a sixties hit by Chiffons (“He’s So Fine”) did little to dull its resonance. (It was determined that Harrison “unknowingly” plagiarized the song. In 1976 he would have a hit with Thirty Three & 1/3‘s “This Song,” a kidding take on the lawsuit featuring vocals by Eric Idle of Monty Python.)

Harrison followed this statement of faith with another, even larger-scale gesture, putting together with Ravi Shankhar a massive 1971 benefit for Bangladeshi refuges. Performers at the two Madison Square Garden concerts included Bob Dylan — who alone gave a historic show — Eric Clapton, and Ringo Starr. The shows and resulting documentary and three-record album (both called Concert for Bangladesh) provided a minor hit for Harrison, “Bangla Desh,” and millions for the intended beneficiaries. (Another asterisk: the majority of this money was held up for 10 years while Apple records was audited by the IRS.)

Picking up where “My Sweet Lord” left off — and capturing the easy-going uplift of the times, lacing it with his slide guitar — Harrison picked up another Number One single with 1973’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth),” off Living in the Material World. The next year he released Dark Horse on his own label of the same name, but despite the title track’s climb to Number 15, the mellow times seemed to evaporate. Harrison and Pattie Boyd would not officially divorce until 1977, but Boyd had already taken up with Eric Clapton, whom she would later marry. In a bizarre move, Harrison had the two cover “Bye Bye Love,” an Everly Brothers hit, with him. Worse yet, on his big U.S. tour with Pandit Ravi Shankar & Friends, Harrison’s voice, never strong, seem to fail him. A backlash reared up. And with that, he shrunk from one major spotlight: Those were his last shows in the United States.

Between 1975 and 1979, Harrison kept plugging away, to unspectacular commercial and critical results. Extra Texture (Read All About It) (1975) and 33 1?3 (1977) were more the work of a (still talented) journeyman than a seeker, although the latter album produced a stalwart fan favorite in “Crackerbox Palace.” (Critic Robert Christgau, never a Harrison fan, wrote that the song was “the best thing he’s written since ‘Here Comes the Sun.'”) The slick George Harrison (1979) didn’t juice his mojo, either. But he had other things going for him: Besides his passion for Formula 1 racing (celebrated in Harrison‘s “Faster”), there was his 1978 marriage to Olivia Arias, mother to his son Dhani, who he would spend the rest of his life with. In 1979, he self-published a loose memoir, I Me Mine, and began executive producing Monty Python films. Still, his next album, Somewhere in England, encountered trouble even before it was released. Warner Bros. (parent to Harrison’s Dark Horse) demanded the replacement of four songs.

On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was assassinated by Mark Chapman. Harrison hadn’t reconciled with Lennon after the breakup of the Beatles. I Me Mine didn’t even mention Lennon, and when Lennon reached out to Harrison after discovering this, Harrison did not respond. His public statement offered a reserved, if not especially profound or feeling, conclusion: “To rob life is the ultimate robbery in life.” Harrison reframed “All Those Years Ago,” a song originally about Ringo Starr, to honor Lennon, and added it to the reworkedSomewhere in England. The song went to Number Two.

Harrison hit musical bottom with the 1982 bomb Gone Troppo, and retreated from the studio and stage for years. He made an uncharacteristically brash return in 1987 withCloud Nine, which featured George in mirrored shades on its cover. The record went platinum and delivered a sticky Number One hit “Got My Mind Set on You,” a song derived from an obscure sixties number by Rudy Clark. Whatever the state of Harrison’s inner focus, it wasn’t probed here. But producer Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra) helped Harrison lay on a fine sheen, and kept him to a tidy 11 tracks.

Late Eighties rock was, briefly, very good to George Harrison. Before long he and Lynne hooked up with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison to record a song for Harrison — which led to the Traveling Wilburys, the last word on the rock super group. Their two albums — the irrepressible Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988) and scattershot Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 (1990) — goosed the careers of all involved, and led to Harrison’s 1991 tour of Japan with Eric Clapton, which in turn led to the solid Live in Japan.

After this, Harrison returned to quietude. In 1995, he, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr produced two “new” Beatles songs “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” for The Beatles Anthology documentary and albums. In 1998, at Linda McCartney’s funeral, the three appeared in public together for the first time in 30 years. Also in 1998, Harrison revealed he had been treated for throat cancer, and he was soon beset by more difficulty: On December 30, 1999, a mentally unstable man named Michael Abram broke into the Friar Park estate, lured Harrison out of his bedroom, and stabbed him repeatedly. The attack finally ended when Abram collapsed from injuries sustained when Olivia Harrison fought him off with a fireplace poker.

Harrison continued to suffer from cancer, an on November 29, 2001, at only 58 years old, Harrison died of the disease. He was memorialized around the world. On the first anniversary of his death, McCartney, Starr and many of Harrison’s other friends gathered for the Concert for George, which benefited the Material World Charitable Foundation. McCartney and Starr collaborated on “For You Blue,” Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne performed “Here Comes the Sun,” and all artists at the concert gathered for several Harrison classics, including “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”Brainwashed, which Harrison had been working on with his son Dhani just before his death, was released in 2002 to warm critical reception. In 2004 Harrison was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist (the Beatles were inducted in 1988), and in 2009 EMI released Let it Roll: Songs by George Harrison, a career-spanning compilation.

Shortly after his death, Harrison’s family issued a statement that summed up his legacy: “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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Bhaktivedanta Manor’s George Harrison memorial garden opens in Aldenham

Watford Observer: Hare Krishna Temple's George Harrison memorial garden opens

Hare Krishna Temple’s George Harrison memorial garden opens

  • Watford Observer: Hare Krishna Temple's George Harrison memorial garden opens
  • Watford Observer: Hare Krishna Temple's George Harrison memorial garden opens

A special memorial garden in honour of George Harrison was officially opened at Aldenham’s Hare Krishna Temple.

The George Harrison Memorial Garden was officially opened at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, in Hilfield lane, last month.

When the former Beatles guitarist passed away on November 29, 2001, Bhaktivedanta Manor resolved to create a quiet garden in his memory.

His widow, Olivia Harrison, was joined by television presenters Monty Don and Peter Owen-Jones at the garden’s opening on Saturday, May 25.

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ESSENTIAL HIPPIE QUOTES

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Hippie Quotes

 
Overview

The embodiment of youth in the 1960s, the hippie subculture proved to be one of the most influential and proactive groups in American history, culminating at Woodstock. Shaping the face of music, culture, and politics in the 1960s and beyond, their wave of protest and fresh ideas has become a standard for youth all over the world. Producing some of the most famous quotes pertaining to peace and music, hippie quotes are forever ingrained in the lexicon of peace, youth, and revolt. Here is a collection of the best hippie quotes ever documented.

Hippie Quotes, Sayings, and Phrases

 
 

Hippie Quotes on Music

Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.

-Satchel Paige

We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first- rock and roll or Christianity.

-John Lennon

Do you believe in rock ‘n roll? Can music save your mortal soul?

-Don McLean

Down through all of eternity the crying of humanity, tis’ then when the hurdy gurdy man comes singing songs of love.

-Donovan

Do you believe in magic? Believe in the magic of a young girl’s soul? Believe in the magic of rock ‘n roll? Believe in the magic that can set you free?

-The Lovin’ Spoonful

The New York State Freeway’s closed, man. Far out!

-Arlo Guthrie

Good morning! What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.

-Wavy Gravy at Woodstock

Let the sound take you away…

-Steppenwolf

There was a band playing in my head, and I felt like getting high

-Neil Young

We all sang the songs of peace

-Melanie

We all got up to dance. Oh, but we never got the chance!

-Don McLean

You know what rock musicians are? They are hung up, neurotic, over-weight hippies with sex problems.

-David Lee Roth

Love is a friendship set to music.

-Joseph Campbell

Hippies on Activism

 

Hippie Activism Quotes

There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.

-Jim Morrison

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.

-Abbie Hoffman

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

-Eldridge Cleaver

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

-Mahatma Ghandi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughful, committed individuals can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Meade 


He who takes a stand is often wrong, but he who fails to take a stand is always wrong. 


-Anonymous

They won’t give peace a chance, that’s just a dream some of us had

-Joni Mitchell

Hell no, we won’t go!

-Anti-war chant

Question Authority!

-Unknown

If I’m free, it’s because I’m always running.


-Jimi Hendrix

Masses are always breeding grounds of psychic epidemics. 


-Carl Jung

Mother, should I trust the government?

-Pink Floyd

We all want to change the world.

-Beatles

Hippie Philosophy

Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac

Hippie Quotes on Philosophy

Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command. 


-Alan Watts

You’re either on the bus or off the bus.


-Ken Kesey

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

-Jack Kerouac

Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levis to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages.

-William S. Burroughs

When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.

-George Harrison

Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.

-Joseph Gallivan

Hippy is an establishment label for a profound, invisible, underground, evolutionary process. For every visible hippy, barefoot, beflowered, beaded, there are a thousand invisible members of the turned-on underground. Persons whose lives are tuned in to their inner vision, who are dropping out of the TV comedy of American Life.

-Timothy Leary

All I’m gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.


-Jimi Hendrix

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. 


-Carl Jung

Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people Sharing all the world.

-John Lennon

Hippies and Life

 

Hippie Quotes on Life

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.


-Bob Marley

His hair has the long jesuschrist look. He is wearing the costume clothes. But most of all, he now has a very tolerant and therefore withering attitude toward all those who are still struggling in the old activist political ways…while he, with the help of psychedelic chemicals, is exploring the infinite regions of human consciousness.

-Tom Wolfe

Purple Haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same. Actin’ funny but I don’t know why. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

-Jimi Hendrix

Your mind is like a parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open. 


-Jordan Maxwell

Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.

-Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

If you can remember the ’60s, then you weren’t there.

-Unknown

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small. And the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all. Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall.

-Jefferson Airplane

My advice to people today is as follows: If you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

-Timothy Leary

I get by with a little help from my friends, get high with a little help from my friends.

-The Beatles

Hippies on Love

 

Hippie Quotes About Love

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.


-Joseph Campbell

Make Love, Not War

-Unknown

Love is all you need.

-Beatles

I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours. 


-Unknown

Make Love, Not War

-Unknown

I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not tin this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.

-Frederick E. Perl

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

-Erica Jong

We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it”

-John Lennon

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.

-Kahlil Gibran

Made up my mind to make a new start. Going to California with an aching in my heart. Someone told me there’s a girl out there with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair.

-Led Zeppelin

Carry on, love is coming. Love is coming to us all.

-CS&N

Hippies on Freedom

 

Hippie Quotes on Freedom

War is over, if you want it. 


-John Lennon

If you want to be free, be free, because there’s a million things to be.

-Cat Stevens

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. …You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.

-Jim Morrison

Got to get back to the land and set my soul free.

-Joni Mitchell/CS&N

Nobody living can ever stop me. As I go walking my freedom highway. Nobody living can make me turn back. This land was made for you and me.

-Woody Guthrie

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

-Jim Morrison

Paranoia strikes deep into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. You step out of line, the man come and take you away.

-Buffalo Springfield

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you’ve always imagined.


-Henry David Thoreau 


We can change the world, rearrange the world. It’s dying – if you believe in justice. It’s Dying – if you believe in freedom. It’s Dying – let a man live his own life. It’s Dying – rules and regulations, who needs them! Open up the door.

-Crosby, Stills & Nash