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George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Friday, November 04, 2011

George Harrison’s widow Olivia Harrison talks about his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool to his astonishing Beatles years to his days as an independent musician, movie producer, and bohemian squire. George Harrison: Living in the Material World  includes a record of Harrison’s deep interest in Indian music, a trove of photographs, and stories and reminiscences from Harrison’s friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and others.

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Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison on roof, Hamburg

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

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George Harrison at home at Upton Green with guitars

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

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George Harrison and John Lennon at Rushworth's shop

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

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John Lennon, Neil Aspinal and George Harrison, The Beatles' World Tour, 1964

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

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George Harrison New York with videocamera in hand

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

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George Harrison at FP from Dark Horse album

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

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George Harrison, Billy the cat and Ravi Shankar, 1974

Muisic Festival from India musicians (back row from left): Harihar Rao, Rijram Desad, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Viji Shankar, Lakshmi Shankar, Sultan Khan, Kumar Shankar, Kamalesh Maitra, (middle row from left) Kartick Kumar, Shivkumar Sharma, Alla Rakha, T . V . Gopalkrishnan, L. Subramaniam, (front row)

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

Photographer unknown © Apple Corps Ltd
George Harrison recording the Radha Krishna Temple album, London 1969

From the book George Harrison: Living in the Material World, published by Abrams.

Guests:

Olivia Harrison

Comments [15]

Italo Tettoni from Sydney, Australia

Hi Joe from new York, greetings from down under, Leonard's show is required listening even from here. The show's billboard music is "Here I Am" by Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams and the outro theme is "Step Lightly" by Blue Mitchell & Pepper Adams.

That page you were looking for is still on the WNYC site, right here:
http://www.wnyc.org/articles/music/2003/feb/09/wnyc-theme-songs/#p120

I'm a big jazz fan as well and ticked one off the bucket list when I was in NYC in April by going to the Blue Note.

Nov. 24 2011 12:38 AM
Jody Denberg from Austin

I did not feel Pattie Boyd got short shrift in the film or book. She is present in both. Olivia did not even appear in the film til part 2. It is a sad person who looks for sleights when none are inflicted of attended.

Nov. 07 2011 06:55 PM
Joe from New York

@Eliot (BTW, if you're the Eliot Zigmund who played drums at one time with Bill Evans, it's a privilege to be replying to you!): I distinctly recall that there was at one time a page on WNYC's site that listed all the bumper music played on the Leonard Lopate Show. I suppose it must have been taken down since then; I just searched for it, and was unable to find it.

In any case, yes, it's a shame that the musicians and writers who created this music aren't credited regularly on the program, but on the other hand I think it's great that Leonard is a jazz fan and gives this music daily exposure.

Nov. 04 2011 04:40 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Picture #5 is of George with an 8mm film camera on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Nov. 04 2011 02:22 PM
ELIOT ZIGMUND from teaneck, nj

Hi Leonard, regarding your comment in the Olivia Harrison segment about western musicians who learn three chords and put out a record. There are lots who don't, as you well know, they're called jazz musicians, they study hard for years, learn their craft and starve. You know, the musicians you (and many others) use for theme music that you never credit! Eliot

Nov. 04 2011 01:16 PM
Keira

"Three chords"...smugness is not becoming to anyone.

Nov. 04 2011 12:29 PM
Phil from New York

I would like to know why George's first wife, Pattie, is virtually absent from both the book and the film. She was part of George's life during some of the most incredible artistic and spiritual years of his life. It feels as if the second wife doesn't want to acknowledge her and share her unique insights.

Nov. 04 2011 12:27 PM
Rct from Nyc

Thanks for this segment - just ordered the book on Amazon. Great reviews on Amazon and imam looking forward to receiving my copy.

Nov. 04 2011 12:25 PM

Funny that Harrison is said to have a "videocamera" (one word) . . . That looks like a Canon Super 8 cam.

Can we make any guesses about the age of the caption writer? . . . "Cameras used _film_? . . . What's 'film'?"

Nov. 04 2011 12:24 PM
Steve Carter from Bed-Stuy

Super 8 was introduced in 1965, contemporary, not "much later" than this photo. I think it's a Super 8.

Nov. 04 2011 12:22 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Okay...the dentist did it...

Nov. 04 2011 12:20 PM
stuart from manhattan

The camera is probably 8mm which was common in the early-mid 1960s for home movies. Super 8 came much later. A 16mm camera would be much larger, and a video camera would have necessitated a power supply.

Nov. 04 2011 11:42 AM
Steve Carter from Bed-Stuy

I think that is a Super 8 (or 16mm) movie camera in the photo. Video stuff was a lot bigger back then.

Nov. 04 2011 10:30 AM
Joe Adams from Bergen County, NJ

I hope Lenny will ask Olivia to explain how "He's So Fine" morphed into "My Sweet Lord". But then that kind of morphing existed since before "Now's the Time" morphed into "The Huckelbuck".

Nov. 04 2011 08:46 AM
richard totoian from 66 CARMINE ST. NYC

Will Olivia be live with Leonard in The Green Space ? I shared many a night & day with her & George, Eric Idle, & Tania Kosovich. Olivia invited me to a surprise party for George CPW. NYC. She took many photo's of us laughing listening to Monte Python,tapes .Later 5/27/77 George &Olivia took me out for my 40th bd. with Eric & Tania ,& Dave Herman WNEW FM. DJ. friend, in Monte Carlo. I would love to reconnect with this special lady .

Nov. 01 2011 05:29 PM

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