Anonymous asked you:
I’m writing just to say I am happy you are back. Visiting your blog is my everyday custom.
Aw, thank you! It’s nice to be back and to have time to blog. :) Oh my God, I’m really honored and humbled that you stop by thateventuality on a daily basis… that means a lot - thank you so much!
Scans - George Harrison, February 1964; scanned from The Beatles In the Beginning
Photos: Harry Benson
Thank you very much to aug72 for typing up and contributing this interesting excerpt! Marianne’s insights and observations are wonderful to read.
One of the favourite places Mick and I liked to hang out was George and Patties Boyd’s house at Weybridge. Mick loved George and I thought Pattie one of the most beautiful people ever. I loved the way she dressed. Her fantastic sense of style. Psychedelic dresses in beautiful colours or little skirts that showed off her wonderful legs.
During those magical afternoons George would be the perfect host, serving up exotic teas, fat joints, and his new songs like exquisite delicacies offered for our consumption. A little bungalow (by rock star standards) brightly painted in sparkly psychedelic ice-cream colours, very warm and cosy and friendly, like people who lived there, with a garden full of sunflowers and cushions outside. Just a very soft, gentle vibe, as if this fairy-tale cottage were conjured out of his sweet melancholy songs.
It was far easier to go and visit people from other bands. You didn’t have all the stresses and strains you do with your own group. At Redlands, Keith’s house at West Sussex, there was always some tension- undercurrents that I couldn’t even put into words. Subterranean stuff, which I think is always lurking about in any band. What makes an interesting band is that incongruous combination of peoples at odds. The tension makes for great music, but doesn’t always make for the easiest social situations.
Clearly there were similar issues with the Beatles, but any raging insecurities or problems within the group were never apparent at Weybridge on a sunny afternoon, with George sitting cross-legged on a kilim playing us his songs.
So being with George and Pattie was very relaxing. Mick and I were able to lie back on Moroccan cushions, get high and float away listening to George’s new songs. When he wasn’t playing his own stuff, he would be playing Ravi Shankar on those beautiful green discs we all used to have. I do think he very much brought all that into our world.
Mick loved George’s songs – those wonderful songs on Revolver- but George never felt that anybody appreciated his songs, really, or thought they were as good as John and Paul’s. George was racked with doubt about his work, but it’s now obvious what a great songwriter he was. ‘Beware of darkness’ is as good as anything anybody ever wrote.
In a way, Brian Jones was George’s counterpart in the Stones. But there was a big difference in their personalities. The thing about George – and we all feel it strongly now that he’s gone off and left us- that he plunged into things. Whatever he got into, whether his sitar and Ravi Shankar or the Maharishi, he walked right in and never looked back, and that takes a lot of confidence.
Marianne Faithful- ‘ Memories, dreams & reflections’ (Fourth Estate, 2007)
Scan - Jane Asher photographed by Mike McCartney… Happy Birthday to Jane, who was born on 5 April 1946!
Photo: Mike McCartney
Forever regretting the day I saw Paul on the street and didn’t say hello.
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After some googling and trying to figure out HTML (emphasis on trying to), I seem to have managed to change the font of the theme. It looks more legible on my screen - how is it for everybody else? :)
Anonymous asked you:
your blog font is kind of hard to read…. but other than that- marvelous blog, mate.
First of all, thank you for the kind words!
Secondly, apologies about the font - is anyone else finding it a bit difficult to decipher? I’ve been wondering about it for a while, and have another theme in sight that I might change over to.
Who else finds the font a bit iffy and would prefer another theme? Thanks! :)
Scan - During the filming of A Hard Day’s Night, Marylebone Station, London, 50 years ago today, on 5 April 1964