George Harrison: A Photographic Memoir
Living in the Material World: Photographic book
When I first got this book, I realised that my mum and George Harrison had something in common; they were both hoarders. And the fact that George was is lucky indeed for us today.
A life in photographs
The book was compiled by his widow, Olivia, and shows photographs, doodles, letters and documents starting from George's earliest days in post-war Liverpool. Indeed, the book begins with photographs of the bombed city.
But we soon see pictures of the young George with his first guitar and then we move to the early days of the Beatles in the Cavern Club and in Hamburg. The Beatlemania years are covered in full too as we progress through George's life.
Previously unseen photographs
There is not one photograph in this book that I have seen before. Every one shows sides of George - and the Beatles - that I've never seen before. Throughout the book there are quotes, relevant to the images, from George's family and friends including quotes from George's own interviews and writing. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are often quoted alongside people I didn't know existed, such as George's brother Peter.
Letters, doodles, documents & lyrics
What a wonderful job it must have been to go through the memorabilia (I'm imagining a lovely old leather trunk in the attic) as now we can see George's passport (5' 10", brown hair and eyes), handwritten song lyrics (and guitar chords), doodles of guitars and motorbikes and even letters back to the family ('We make our next record on Monday, called She Loves You'.)
Life to the fullest: A good bloke
George Harrison was described in many ways - the quiet one, the mystical one - but looking through his memorabilia and letters give you a real insight into the man himself. George himself says that the 'Beatle George' was just a part he played and wasn't the real him. Who was he?
He was just a northern lad who had a great sense of humour, loved music, appreciated nature, wanted to learn & grow - but most importantly, he loved his family and lived life to the fullest.
This is a truly amazing book. And it's not just for the Beatles fan as it chronicles George's early life in LIverpool.
Thanks to the handwritten notes and postcards, it gives a true glimpse into the real man behind the George Harrison personna.
It's also intimate - readers really feel that they are seeing something truly special.It's almost like having a secret look into someone's memorabilia or private scrapbook.
George just had one child, Dhani. (Who now looks remarkably like his father)
When he was a youngster growing up he thought his father was a gardener - more often than not he saw him pottering about in the garden.
I love the quote below - not only the question he asked his father but also George's laconic reply.
I love this quote
This is also highly recommended. If you're buying the book as a gift (or even a treat for yourself) this makes the perfect companion piece.
The book I have described above is must for any Beatles fan or enthusiast. It truly makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift.The DVD you see here is the same. The concert for George was an amazingly upbeat celebration of his life put together by his closest friends and musicians. It's a wonderful tribute that makes me both laugh and cry. Stunning.
Read my review
- Concert for George: Celebrating George Harrison
Concert for George was the most fabulous tribute to George Harrison's life, featuring so many brilliant musicians. Learn more about this wonderful event and watch moving and emotional videos.
The are so many videos of George available but I'm showing these which include footage from the brilliant and highly recommended film, Nowhere Boy. Although the film concentrates largely on the life of John Lennon, the two clips below are so interesting.
One shows George when he first 'auditioned' for the group - on the top deck of a bus. It's interesting too that it's interspersed with later-life comments from John, Paul and George himself.
The other has a special interest. I know it's hard to choose a favourite Beatles song but if I really had to, In Spite of All the Danger would be high on this list. Not only is it the first recording of the Beatles, it's the only song ever to be attributed to Harrison & McCartney.
Read my review of Nowhere Boy
- Nowhere Boy: John Lennon's early life - review
Does anyone really know the truth about John Lennon's early life? This film is as accurate as they come. As a Beatles 'historian', I can thoroughly recommend this fabulous film to all - fan or not.
© 2014 Jackie Jackson