"I’m a musician. I don’t know why. This is a thing that I’ve looked back on since my birth. Many people think life is predestined. I think it is vaguely but it’s still up to you which way your life’s going to go. All I’ve ever done is keep being me and it’s all just worked out. It just did it all… magic… it just did it. We never planned anything. So it’s obvious - because I’m a musician now, that’s what I was destined to be. It’s my gig."
— George Harrison, Melody Maker, 2 September 1967
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Scans - George Harrison, 1968

Photos: The Beatles Book

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"'First half [of Living in the Material World] I can watch quite easily because I’m watching another life,’ Olivia [Harrison] admits of the final cut, ‘and then when the second half comes in, now I have to leave. Although I imagined what this documentary would be like and I guided them and I gave them a timeline of the important things in George’s life, I still had no idea it was going to be “this” film. Marty just made something far beyond what I imagined. Certainly, not the movie I would have made because it would have been completely happy shiny people holding hands. It was Dhani who really said, “You know, you have to have the dark and the light, you have to show all the sides, you can’t sanctify him or vilify him, but George was a big one for contrast.”’
Adds Olivia: ‘I feel lighter now that it’s done and it’s out. I know it’s something George wanted done and it’s honest. There isn’t anything in it that’s not true.’"
Rolling Stone, 5 September 2011
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"I first met George in a doctor’s surgery - a homeopathic doctor - and I arrived with a lemonade bottle containing a urine sample. They were very strict about what you brought your piss in. As I was handing my lemonade bottle through that hatch, George arrived and handed his in in a cut glass wine decanter. We both got told off for bringing our piss samples in these. So George said, ‘That was all that was to hand.’"
— David Leland, 2002 (via thateventuality)
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George Harrison and Michael Palin, 1988 (photo source: Beatle Photoblog)
"You sense that [Michael Palin] still deeply misses his intimate friend and loyal co-conspirator George Harrison." - The Independent, 29 July 2012 [x]
"One side of George was an amazingly soulful, peaceful man seeking karma and all that; the next minute he’d want to get behind the wheel of the most powerful vehicle in the country, driving at 193 miles-an-hour." - Michael Palin
"Generally, and inaccurately, portrayed as the quiet, retiring Beatle, George was always busy. He had a restless mind and a very sharp one, too. He felt a duty to instruct and encourage new talent and he had an uncomplicated fondness for comedy, especially of the Pythonic variety. So, in a sense, everything that drove George fused into HandMade Films, and though it was born in mischief, it thrived as a pretty complete reflection of George’s personality - a generous, engaged, committed and occasionally quite silly man. […]

George believed in creativity. He was curious about where it came from and how it could be best encouraged, and this respect for the artist underpinned much of the success of HandMade Films. […]

All the more puzzling then that, until now, HandMade’s achievements have been so overlooked. The gonged and medalled film establishment never saw fit to welcome George into their ranks, nor, to be honest, would George have wanted that. Speeches and self-congratulation were not his thing at all.” - From Michael Palin’s foreword for Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story Of HandMade Films

George Harrison and Michael Palin, 1988 (photo source: Beatle Photoblog)

"You sense that [Michael Palin] still deeply misses his intimate friend and loyal co-conspirator George Harrison." - The Independent, 29 July 2012 [x]

"One side of George was an amazingly soulful, peaceful man seeking karma and all that; the next minute he’d want to get behind the wheel of the most powerful vehicle in the country, driving at 193 miles-an-hour." - Michael Palin

"Generally, and inaccurately, portrayed as the quiet, retiring Beatle, George was always busy. He had a restless mind and a very sharp one, too. He felt a duty to instruct and encourage new talent and he had an uncomplicated fondness for comedy, especially of the Pythonic variety. So, in a sense, everything that drove George fused into HandMade Films, and though it was born in mischief, it thrived as a pretty complete reflection of George’s personality - a generous, engaged, committed and occasionally quite silly man. […]

George believed in creativity. He was curious about where it came from and how it could be best encouraged, and this respect for the artist underpinned much of the success of HandMade Films. […]

All the more puzzling then that, until now, HandMade’s achievements have been so overlooked. The gonged and medalled film establishment never saw fit to welcome George into their ranks, nor, to be honest, would George have wanted that. Speeches and self-congratulation were not his thing at all.” - From Michael Palin’s foreword for Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story Of HandMade Films

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George Harrison at the Apple offices, photographed by Tom Hanley

Photos sources: Gold Music, tommyhanley.com, mtv.com, Juliens Auctions

"George Harrison, when he was in the Apple office, which was quite rare could usually be found on the telephone somewhere. It wasn’t just the rest of the world who wanted to speak with him, he took some pretty big calls. George was a great guy, always available for Mike Hennessey & myself and always ready for any of the others who wanted him." - Tom Hanley [x]

"Returning to the Apple office in late 1969 I shared some affinity with George Harrison who by then was deeply into Indian music and the philosophy which has served him through good times and bad until his departure from this earth." - Tom Hanley [x]

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Scans - George Harrison and Astrid Kirchherr

“George was always my favourite, his kindness and his wit. He was just a wonderful person and whenever I was in trouble, like with money and things, he was always looking after me and he invited me a couple of times to London and later on to Henley. I just miss him terribly because he was like a little guardian angel for me, I feel like I am in a way lost without him.” - Astrid Kirchherr, A Retrospective

"…Astrid was so loving; she’d take us home and feed us. She helped us a lot, even just to let us have a bath. Astrid was twenty-two at that time, and I was seventeen; she seemed so much older than me, and so grown up…" - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology

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"

The Beatles summed up everything for me during my late 20s. It was the time of Vidal Sassoon haircuts, mini skirts and the new-look make-up. Their music was such a big influence on my life. It said everything about the era. They were irreverent and exuberant, stylish and fun.

I was particularly fortunate because they were often in my shop on the King’s Road in Chelsea. John Lennon, who I must confess was my favourite, bought one of his trademark caps from me. George Harrison and his wife Pattie were regulars and The Beatles’ girlfriends modelled for us all over America.

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— Mary Quant, Yeah! magazine, 19 November 1995
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"So yes, I don’t think you should exclude people from friendship just because they are famous. Too discriminate against them for that would seem to be wrong, and I would have missed out on some of my most valued friends. For example the great and good George Harrison (Boing!) who taught me more of what life in and out of showbiz is about, than any philosopher. An awareness of death is what George taught, not in a bad or down way, but in a don’t waste your time on worthless shit your days are numbered kind of way."
— Eric Idle, “Name Dropping”, 28 September 2012 [x]
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Song: For You Blue
Artist: The Beatles
Album: Let It Be
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The Beatles - “For You Blue” - Let It Be

For You Blue is a simple twelve-bar song following all the normal twelve-bar principles except it’s happy-go-lucky!” - George Harrison, I Me Mine
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