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Thursday, October 13, 2016

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Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Warning: Page opens with sound

Bob Dylan, one of the world's most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." Former Travelling Willbury with George Harrison, Dylan appeared last weekend at Desert Trip on the same bill with Paul McCartney.

Source: New York Times
Harrifest celebrates the Beatles in Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Harrifest isn't just a celebration of George Harrison's music. Over the years since it started in 2004, it's evolved into a two-day celebration highlighted with an array of live bands, seminars, yoga, Beatles-related artwork and Beatles experts. This year's Harrifest will be held Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22 in Fairhaven.

Source: The Herald News, MA
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tom Petty
Tom Petty to be honored as 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year

It was announced today that Tom Petty will be honored as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, to be presented in February. Three-time Grammy winner and former Travelling Wilbury, Petty is being honored for his significant creative accomplishments, his career-long interest in defending artists' rights, and the work with the homeless in Los Angeles.

Source: Broadway World
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tribute band pays homage to The Traveling Wilburys

Tribute band The Unravelling Wilburys puts their own spin on British American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. The band was formed from members of Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band which toured with its highly successful Beatles project for 21 years. They are performing in Dorchester, England, next month.

Source: Dorset Echo, UK
Thursday, September 15, 2016
George Harrison to receive first George Harrison Global Citizen Award

Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello and Colbert Show bandleader Jon Batiste will curate this year's Global Citizen: The World On Stage event, where Paul Simon will present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatle posthumously, for his deep commitment to promoting world peace and ending poverty.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Documentary about George Harrison's time in Benton coming to DVD

Filmmaker and Beatles aficionado Bob Bartel released "George Harrison: A Beatle in Benton, Illinois" in 2005. The film documents Harrison's visit to see his sister, Louise, in Benton in 1963. Bartel is rereleasing the DVD, now with more interviews and rare footage. The film has recently gone into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source: The Southern Illinoisan
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
George Harrison encouraged the search for bliss

Despite his stardom with the Beatles, or maybe because of it, George Harrison had an ongoing search for meaning, the meaning of life and of death, and he yearned for a long time for an encounter with someone with the answers. He acknowledged, however, that getting to the truth was no easy task.

Source: Looking To The Stars
Thursday, August 25, 2016
How LSD opened the door to the Beatles' Revolver

It was spring 1965. John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, and George Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd, were attending a dinner at the London home of dentist John Riley. Before they left, Riley asked them to stay for coffee, then urged them to finish their cups. Shortly after, he told Lennon he had placed sugar cubes containing LSD in the coffee.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Review: George Harrison documentary explores his 1963 US visit

The September before the Beatles visited the US to be on Ed Sullivan, George Harrison flew to Illinois to visit his sister Louise. Harrison's 1963 trip to America was the subject of a documentary film, A Beatle in Benton, Illinois, originally released in 2005. It will be available in an expanded two-disc special edition on September 13.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, August 1, 2016

45 Years Ago: The Concert For Bangladesh

In April of 1971, George Harrison went to work recruiting friends for a one-time-only concert to benefit Bangladesh, which had been ravaged by floods, famine and civil war. Set for August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden, it would be Harrison's first major live appearance since the Beatles quit touring and one of the greatest evenings of classic rock in history.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 29, 2016

Gary Wright
Gary Wright's lost 1972 album includes George Harrison solo

Keyboardist Gary Wright first played keyboards on Harrison's Isn't It a Pity, then went on to play on most of the rest of the All Things Must Pass album, as well as George's sessions for Ringo Starr. His lost 1972 Album, "Ring of Changes," finally released today, features a George Harrison slide guitar solo that sounds like an outtake from All Things Must Pass.

Source: PR Newswire
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Video: Pattie Boyd's stories behind photos of Harrison and Clapton

Model, muse and photographer Pattie Boyd is in Liverpool to visit her exhibition of candid photos at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The exhibition, which features a total of 57 images, also includes a selection of the 60s style icon's vintage dresses. Pattie will also be in Liverpool next month for International Beatle Week.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, July 22, 2016
George Harrison Early Takes, Volume 2 could be on the way

Olivia Harrison has told Billboard that she and Dhani are looking to put out more unreleased tracks by George Harrison. "There are a lot of songs. I think there is a project there. I just need time to get to it," she said. Early Takes: Volume 1, which came out in 2012, was a companion piece to Harrison bio film "Living in the Material World."

Source: AXS
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Dhani Harrison
Video made by Dhani Harrison breaks the internet

A skateboarding video broke the internet. Twelve years in the making, the four-minute video is a gorgeous "4D" sequence of impossible maneuvers, paired with an equally stunning musical score by longtime rocker, skater and composer Dhani Harrison. In a new interview, Dhani said it was "the most fun and most complicated thing I've ever worked on."

Source: Redbull
The Quiet Beatle's huge influence

George Harrison is known for his work with The Beatles, his solo albums All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, and Cloud Nine, and for his association with South Asian spirituality and music. He is largely responsible for the fact that Westerners know the name Ravi Shankar, and thus our familiarity with the sound of the sitar.

Source: The Good Men Project
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The time George Harrison and Eric Clapton had a drunken guitar duel

Muses can bring out the best in creative types. Pattie Boyd inspired George Harrison's "Something" and a pair of Eric Clapton tracks, "Wonderful Tonight," and "Layla." Boyd just penned an autobiography called Wonderful Today, as Rolling Stone reports, and it divulges some insider tidbits about the two musical icons.

Source: Nerdist
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pattie Boyd
The tales behind Pattie Boyd's photos of George Harrison

Pattie Boyd is set to visit the Beatles Story next week to meet fans and sign copies of her autobiography. The photographer and former model, who was famously married to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, will be at the attraction's Mann Island venue which is currently staging her photography exhibition George, Eric and Me.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Leader of group George Harrison played with in 1963 has died

Funeral services will be held Friday for Gerald "Gabe" McCarty, who was the leader and founder of the group the Four Vests that George Harrison played guitar with during his pre-Beatlemania trip to the U.S. in 1963. The two became good friends and kept in touch in later years. McCarty died last Sunday in the hospital at age 83.

Source: AXS
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Genesis releases new extended edition of George Harrison's I Me Mine

The closest we have come to a George Harrison autobiography, I Me Mine - The Extended Edition has been significantly updated since the 1980 original, covering for the first time the full span of George Harrison's life and work, with written contributions from Olivia Harrison and Derek Taylor and previously unpublished material.

Source: Genesis Publications
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Beatles relase hypnotic While My Guitar Gently Weeps video

George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps comes to life in a new video created by Apple and Cirque du Soleil. The hypnotic clip is based on a 10th anniversary re-staging of the Harrison song for LOVE, Cirque's theatrical production at The Mirage in Las Vegas, and includes highlights elements from the LOVE performance.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, June 10, 2016
All Things Must Pass Orchestra returns to Henley

The All Things Must Pass Orchestra is returning to Henley, England. This amazing 10-piece group of Brighton musicians is the only touring band in the UK dedicated to playing the music of former Beatle George Harrison live. Their performance will include Beatles' classics and songs from Harrison's solo career.

Source: Bucks Free Press, UK
George Harrison Twitter hacker attempts explanation

J5Z, an internet troll, has claimed the hacks on George Harrison, who he didn't know was deceased, among other music personalities. Now, in a bizarre turn of events, the alleged hacker is saying that the attacks are meant to raise awareness for internet security. "I never wanted to do this to ruin people's careers," the hacker says.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! Music
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
George Harrison Twitter account hacked, hacker didn't know he's dead

The Twitter account for George Harrison, run by the late Beatle's estate, was hacked yesterday, the latest in a series of similar hacks suffered by music stars. Harrison's Twitter was hacked to change his bio information, the hacker's twitter account, now suspended, then claimed to not know of Harrison's death

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Thursday, June 2, 2016
New bio film includes George Harrison and Ravi Shankar

The feature documentary Awake, The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. The film features appearances by George Harrison and the late Ravi Shankar, celebrated Indian musician. Its release marks International Yoga Day on June 21.

Source: Tehelka, India
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Tommy Chong says he smoked dope with John Lennon and George Harrison

During a 2015 interview, Tommy Chong, who turns 78 today, opened up about some of the stars he's gotten high with. Chong says that he ran into John Lennon at a house party after sneaking off into a bedroom to smoke a joint. And, George Harrison not only smoked with Chong but also collaborated with him and Cheech on a song.

Source: Civilized
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Eric Clapton says George Harrison does not appear on his new album

Shortly after Eric Clapton announced the release of his upcoming album, I Still Do, it was believed, based on a pseudonymous credit, that one song featured a performance by the late George Harrison. However, Clapton, in a new interview, says that it's not Harrison, and won't reveal who it is. The album will be released this Friday.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, May 9, 2016
Pattie Boyd exhibition launches at The Beatles Story

A photographic exhibition from Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton launched today at The Beatles Story, Liverpool. The exhibition, which features 57 original images will be open to the public until Autumn 2016. Pattie Boyd unfortunately injured her hip and elbow in an accident while walking her dog and was unable to attend the opening.

Source: Click Liverpool
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Pattie Boyd pulls out of event due to broken elbow

George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd has pulled out of her own photo exhibition launch after breaking her elbow. Boyd, who was also married to Eric Clapton, was due to launch her candid show, Pattie Boyd: George, Eric and Me, on May 5, but has to scrap an appearance on the opening night at The Beatles Story in Liverpool as she recovers from a fall.

Source: Contact Music
Friday, April 22, 2016
Video: Prince's legendary solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Prince's appearance alongside Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and Dhani Harrison,  to celebrate the induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  in 2004,  achieves the kind of alchemy producers dream of when assembling a one-off supergroup. It is electric. He enjoys it and he knows it is transcendent.

Related Articles  Source: MTV
Friday, February 19, 2016
George Harrison 73rd birthday celebration this Thursday in Hollywood

"Love One Another" will be the theme of a special George Harrison 73rd Birthday Public Celebration this Thursday at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood. Highlighting the event will be the placement of 73 birthday cupcakes to form the shape of a large heart encircling George's star.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, February 20, 2015
George Harrison birthday celebrations in Hollywood and Rochester

The annual George Harrison Public Birthday Celebration will take place 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 25 at Harrison's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood. Also, fans in the Rochester area are invited to come out and celebrate as they salute George Harrison on Tuesday, February 24th at the Abilene Bar & Lounge.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, February 21, 2014
George Harrison birthday celebration this Tuesday in Hollywood

A George Harrison birthday celebration will take place this Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 PM at George Harrison's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. There will be a "Cake-Cutting Ceremony" led by Chris Carter, KLOS FM radio host of "Breakfast With the Beatles."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friends to meet in Los Angeles to wish George happy birthday

Next Tuesday, George Harrison would have been 71 years old. A few friends, including Beatles news personality Gillian Lomax and myself, Adam Forrest, are going to meet up again at "The George Harrison Tree" up at Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon to remember George and wish him "Happy Birthday".

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, November 22, 2013
George Harrison to be remembered in Hollywood next Friday

George Harrison, 12 years after his passing, will be remembered and honored by his fans and admirers at a public gathering being held next Friday at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in Hollywood. Fans are invited to bring flowers and candles to place around his star and will also be invited to perform music and poetry.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Review: George Harrison Living in the Material World

Martin Scorsese's documentary film George Harrison Living in the Material World takes you on a musical and spiritual journey of one of the music world's most mysterious and fascinating personalities. When most people think of The Beatles they refer to George as "the quiet one". He was much more than that.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Beatles DJ giving away George Harrison next week

Fans can win both the new George Harrison DVD for the Martin Scorsese directed documentary Living In The Material World and the accompanying CD release Early Takes Vol. 1 on Ken Michaels' website next week. The DVD and CD together as a package will be given away 8 days in a row leading up to Father's Day.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, February 25, 2012
George Harrison's birthday saluted with music video tribute

Today is the 69th anniversary of the birth of George Harrison. His birthday is saluted this year with the release of a new music video featuring actress/singer Evan Rachel Wood that honors an organization that George Harrison both supported and inspired.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 21, 2011
McCartney tribute band marks 10th anniversary of passing of George Harrison

New England-based tribute band "One Sweet Dream: The Paul McCartney Experience!" will be performing a special concert next Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of the passing of George Harrison. Along with the usual format of Paul's Beatles and solos, there will also be a special set of George Harrison's Beatles and solos, including Traveling Wilburys.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, October 28, 2011
George Harrison Tribute Concert at Hofstra University next Friday

To celebrate the music and spiritualism of pop superstar George Harrison, The Godfrey Townsend Band, with musicians from the Alan Parsons Project, will join the Indian kirtan ensemble, Gauravani and Kindred Spirits, to perform "Here Comes the Sun" - The Musical, Mystical Journey of George Harrison at Hofstra University next Friday.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, March 21, 2011
Legendary Concert for George released on Blu-ray tomorrow

The legendary tribute concert, Concert for George, will be released for the first time ever on Blu-ray on March 22. The 2-disc Blu-ray will include the complete concert, with a second disc containing the original theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes footage.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar George Harrison box set available next week

On October 19th, Dark Horse Records/Rhino Entertainment will release Ravi Shankar George Harrison Collaborations, a 3 CD and 1 DVD uniquely numbered limited edition box set. The DVD is a rare concert performance of the Ravi Shankar's Music Festival From India recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1974.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, January 17, 2010
George Harrison's nephew passes away

Gordon Caldwell, George Harrison's nephew, and son of Louise Harrison, this morning, Sunday, January 17th, 2010 at the age of 52. Louise said, "Gordon, like his uncle George Harrison, was a very spiritual person and was a siddha".

Source: Beatles News

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