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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Annie Lennox to receive George Harrison Global Citizen Award

It was announced today that Annie Lennox would be this year's recipient of the now-annual George Harrison Global Citizen Award. She will be honored for her humanitarian efforts at an event on Sept. 18, at NYU, as part of the 2017 Global Citizen Festival, will hold a concert with Stevie Wonder and Green Day in New York's Central Park on Sept. 23.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Beatles Fan Club historian to speak at Beatles festival

Sara Schmidt, author of Happiness is Seeing The Beatles: The Beatles in St. Louis, will be one of the guest authors for Beatles at the Ridge Symposium, Sept. 15-16 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Schmidt will talk about new book she is writing about Beatles Fan Clubs and share the true story of George Harrison's days in Benton, IL in 1963.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
George Harrison immigration files released

A telegram, a terse protest of the bombing of Cambodia, addressed to then-President Richard Nixon and sent to the White House by George Harrison on August 16, 1973, is one page of 90 released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Harrison's records help complete a story of Nixon's government paranoia.

Source: The Kansas City Star

Louise Harrison
Interview: Louise Harrison on her parents' influence on George

In a new interview, Louise Harrison talks about George Harrison and his dad. "My mum had died in 1970 and so at that point, dad started accompanying George on a lot of things he was doing...His calmness and strength was great for George, especially when he was doing things like the Bangladesh concert...He needed Dad's strength."

Source: Rebeat
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, September 7th to 17th, before airing on Showtime in 2018. The film features interviews with Clapton's family, friends, musical collaborators, peers and heroes, including late musicians like B.B. King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Concert For Bangladesh: Looking back

On August 1, 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. Not only was it Harrison's first major live appearance since the Beatles quit touring five years earlier, it would go down as one of the greatest evenings of classic rock in history, with appearances by Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Review: Dhani Harrison Live at The Echo, Los Angeles

Dhani Harrison headlined the first show ever played under his own name at The Echo Monday night. Upon taking the stage, Harrison dropped straight in to a In///Parallel banger, the Floydian "Summertime Police." Heavy thump came courtesy of thick and crunchy bass from Blas Perez and the drumming of Chris Hornbrook.

Source: Mxdwn
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
George Harrison's Sgt. Pepper Vox UL730 amp goes up for sale

One of the Vox UL730 amplifiers George Harrison used on the Beatles' Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now for sale online. The amplifier, which has been exhibited in The Beatles Story, Liverpool, comes with two provenance documents confirming that it indeed belonged to George Harrison.

Source: Guitar World
Friday, July 21, 2017
Listen: Dhani Harrison announces debut solo album

In///Parallel, the debut solo album by Dhani Harrison, will be released via BMG Records on Oct. 6. Dhani, the son of George and Olivia Harrison, will also perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, next Monday, July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City, July 30. It is now available for pre-order.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 14, 2017
Fender debuts new signature George Harrison guitar

Fender has announced four new artist signature models at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, including the limited-edition George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster, which embodies Harrison's elegantly restrained playing style and sound, based on his original Telecaster. Only 1,000 units will be available worldwide.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, July 13, 2017
City of Benton says no to George Harrison mural

Benton City Council members nixed the idea of a proposed Beatles-themed mural near Interstate 57, saying it has no economic benefit to the city. Artist John Cerney had the idea of painting the 16-foot mural depicting George Harrison and his fans in Benton because of the story behind George visiting his sister Lousie there.

Source: Benton News
Monday, July 10, 2017
Unseen photos show John Lennon and George Harrison together in 1971

Candid photographs showing John Lennon and George Harrison reuniting a year after the Beatles split are set to go under the hammer. The intimate photos were taken by a music executive in a New York apartment where Harrison asked Lennon to perform in a landmark charity concert he was putting on for refugees in Bangladesh.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The evening I discussed dish-washing with George Harrison

It's the early 90s, a small activity centre in the Brecon Beacons, and the man who wrote Here Comes the Sun wants to know how his young son's getting on. "Hello." "Hello. Who is it this time?" "Hayley. I work in the kitchen." There was a chuckle down the line. "What a great thing to do." There was no sarcasm, he was being nice.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
George Harrison's fish-eye selfies in India

In 1966 George Harrison took a trip to India, and what resulted was an array of picturesque fish-eye selfies that perfectly capture that eastern tangent to The Beatles' discography. Besides the fact that there is actually a compilation of George Harrison selfies in existence, it's the shots themselves that are so remarkable.

Source: Happy
Monday, July 3, 2017
George Formby's banjolele sells at auction for 28,500

A banjo ukulele formerly owned by popular 1930s and 40s entertainer George Formby has been sold at auction for 28,500 (about $37,000). The instrument attracted worldwide interest with bids from America and Dubai. George Harrison tried to buy the banjolele from a previous owner in the early 90s, but he would not part with it.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, June 30, 2017
Banjo ukelele owned by George Formby to be sold at auction

Legendary singer-songwriter George Formby's famous banjo ukelele, a valuable Gibson UB3, one of the three that Formby owned, will be going under the hammer today, and is expected to sell for between 20,000 and 30,000 (about $39,000). George Harrison was a big fan of George Formby, he owned two of Formby's ukuleles.

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mercedes once owned by George Harrison to go up for sale

A customised black 500SEL Mercedes owned by George Harrison for 16-years will be sold by its owner, a rock memorabilia collector owner, at auction in late November. The car, which Harrison also used to give Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr lifts to the studio, was found in Brighton while researching his lifelong love affair with Mercedes.

Source: Cambridge News, UK
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Former Beatle's house open to public for temple open day

A Hindu temple is welcoming members of the public to share their culture in its annual family open day. Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple, Hilfield Lane will be opening its doors to people of all faiths on Saturday, July 1. The building and the grounds in Radlett were donated by the late Beatles member George Harrison.

Source: Hendon & Finchley Times, UK
Monday, June 19, 2017
Olivia Harrison gifts lost George Harrison song to Ringo Starr

Olivia Harrison has given Ringo Starr a lost Beatles song her husband George wrote. Olivia found typed lyrics to "Hey, Ringo" forgotten in a piano bench. George is thought to have written it as a plea for the band to stay together around the time of their 1970 split. She says she hopes Ringo and Paul McCartney could put it to music.

Source: The Sun, UK
Friday, June 16, 2017

Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison readies first solo album, solo shows

Dhani Harrison announced today that he's signed with BMG Records and will release his first solo album this fall. It was also announced that next month, he'll perform his first solo show, at the Echo in Los Angeles, on July 24. He'll also be playing Panorama Music Festival in New York City on July 30. The upcoming album is still unnamed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, June 15, 2017
George Harrison's extended I Me Mine inspires London pop-up

Genesis Publications is to host a free pop-up exhibition in London this weekend to celebrate the UK launch of George Harrison I Me Mine - The Extended Edition. The exhibition will be open from Friday to Sunday at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London, and will include reproductions of Harrison's handwritten lyrics, and personal photographs.

Source: U Discover Music
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Letter George Harrison wrote to Astrid Kirchherr goes up for auction

A remarkable letter which George Harrison wrote to his friend Astrid Kirchherr in August 1963 is now up for sale for 20,000 (about $28,275). Written just as the Beatles were on the verge of international stardom, Harrison asks Kirchherr to send him the photos she took of them so he could use them in a book he had idea of writing.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Picture: Is this George Harrison's first ever guitar?

A guitar that could be the very first six-string owned by George Harrison is set to go under the hammer next month. The no-name nylon-string is believed to pre-date all other guitars played by the Beatle. Harrison is said to have practised on the nylon-string as a child, before developing a more serious interest in guitar at the age of 14.

Source: Music Radar
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
New I Me Mine lyric print now available

As a new, worldwide exclusive, Genesis subscribers can now own a piece of Beatles' history: a facsimile of George Harrison's handwritten song lyrics for I Me Mine. It is being reproduced for the first time, with the permission of the Harrison Estate, to complement this year's publication of I Me Mine The Extended Edition.

Source: Genesis Publications
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Guitar George Harrison's mother gave to neighbor up for auction

George Harrison's cheap first guitar which has been gently weeping in a cupboard for more than 50 years could fetch tens of thousands of pounds when it is sold next month. The Beatles' guitarist learnt to play on the battered instrument which was given to a neighbour by Harrison's mother when his parents moved house in 1965.

Source: The Times, UK
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
George Harrison's Kinfauns house, Esher, to receive blue plaque

George Harrison is to be posthumously honored with a blue plaque on his former home Kinfauns, in Esher, England, where some demos for the White Album were recorded. Pattie Boyd, Harrison's first wife, who lived with him at Kinfauns from 1965 to 1970, will unveil the plaque this evening at the site of the original building.

Source: Surrey Comet, UK
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Review: George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection

Most hardcore Beatles fans agree that George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, released mere months after the band's world-shaking breakup in 1970, is the best solo album ever made by an ex-Beatle. With the recent resurgence of the vinyl LP, the timing is perfect to give George Harrison's catalog the full treatment.

Source: Relix
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K.

According to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, to be published this Sunday, Paul McCartney, with his wife Nancy Shevell, is the richest musician in the U.K., largely thanks to his continued live performances and online sales. Olivia and Dhani Harrison come in on the list at number 7, and Ringo Starr tied at number 8.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Friday, April 28, 2017
HandMade films to be honored by Edinburgh's film festival

The films made by The Beatles' George Harrison's movie company, HandMade Films, are to be celebrated by Edinburgh's international film festival this year. The films, including Time Bandits, Withnail & I and How to Get Ahead in Advertising, will be part of the film festival's retrospective theme looking at Great Britain.

Source: The Sunday Herald, Scotland
Monday, April 24, 2017
On When We Was Fab, George Harrison embraces his past

Looking back, Cloud Nine, released thirty years ago by George Harrison, seems like just another in the long line of triumphant solo albums released by The Beatles. Yet at the time, no one seemed like a longer shot to create a hit record than Harrison, whose reputation as wanting nothing to do with making records peaked in the '80s.

Source: American Songwriter
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Book Review: I Me Mine The Extended Edition tells all about the quiet one

The six hundred and thirty pages of George Harrison's I Me Mine - The Extended Edition reads more like a scrapbook than a formal autobiography. It is not a book to read and file on the shelf, but instead to leave out to pick up on a whim as a means of grasping how the various themes of George Harrison's life intertwine.

Source: Glide Magazine
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cabin Club which inspired Beatles song to get 1.5m refurb Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's famous Cabin Club building that once inspired a Beatles song is finally set to undergo a 1.5m refurbishment. The club is set to have inspired George Harrison to write his first song for The Beatles, Don't Bother Me, in 1963. It's said he was inspired after being harassed by photographers on his way into the club.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack includes ELO and George Harrison

2014's smash Guardians of the Galaxy movie was laced with eight-track-era gems, including Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" and Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." The music in the upcoming sequel Vol. 2, out on May 5, will include George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky."

Source: Yahoo! Music
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Video: George Harrison talks about his Fender Stratocaster

George Harrison played a number of guitars during his years in the Beatles, one guitar that doesn't get talked about much is the 1961 Fender Stratocaster Harrison played starting in 1965 on the Help! album. The guitar became one of his favorites. In this clip from the early Nineties, Harrison discusses his love for the Fender Strat.

Source: Guitar World
The 20 best George Harrison songs

George Harrison was an inextricable member of the Beatles who regularly contributed stunning, lesser-known songs like "Long, Long, Long" and "For You Blue." He almost single-handedly introduced Eastern music into the Western pop sphere and organized the first rock benefit concert, the Concert For Bangladesh.

Source: Paste Magazine
Monday, April 10, 2017
Dhani Harrison helps ELO light up their Rock Hall 2017 induction

ELO was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame by Dhani Harrison on Friday night. Harrison told of seeing ELO in concert at age seven, and said Jeff Lynne is "a great songwriter, producer, musical [genius] of our time, a rare genius, a real live legend, ELO's mastermind for nearly 50 years. Jeff is one of my father's dearest friends."

Video: Dhani's Speech  Source: Best Classic Bands
Interview: Remastering George Harrison reissues

When it came to taking on such a daunting project as remastering George Harrison's entire body of solo work for their recent reissue, the Harrison estate turned to esteemed mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen and his team at Lurssen Mastering Studios, who previously remastered Harrison's first six solo albums for The Apple Years box set.

Source: uDiscoverMusic
Friday, April 7, 2017
25 Years Ago: George Harrison plays his final full concert

On April 6, 1992, George Harrison surprised patient fans with his first solo show in the U.K. since leaving the Beatles. It would turn out to be his final full-length show. George said, "When I stepped on the Royal Albert Hall, it was unbelievable. I couldn't control - the audience were just so happy. It was the most incredible buzz."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dark Side of the Moon console will be used for recording again

The original recording console used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon which sold last week for over $2.4 million, will be used to record music again, according to its new owner. Used at Abbey Road Studios between 1971 and 1983, the console was also used to record by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Exclaim!
Friday, March 31, 2017
45 Years Ago: George Harrison helps disband the Beatles Fan Club

When the Beatles broke up in 1970, you might have expected their fan club to end as well. But it was in late 1971, when quotes from Pattie were published in which she claimed the couple were planning to adopt a child, ran afoul of George Harrison, and a letter was sent saying the Beatles wished to have their fan clubs dissolved.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for 1.4m

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon has been sold for a record-breaking 1.4 million (about $1.8 million). The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: ITV News, UK

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