New George Harrison Photo Book Chronicles Early Solo Era


Set for release on September 29th is George Harrison: Be Here Now – Photographs by Barry Feinstein with Chris Murray. The new book, features Feinstein's world renowned shots of the "Quiet Beatle' in and around the sessions and performances which resulted in his first three-post Beatles albums — 1970's All Things Must Pass, 1971's The Concert For Bangladesh, and 1973's Living In The Material World.

According the book's press release, the tome, with text by Murray, "includes never-before-seen photographs from Feinstein's archive as well as ephemera relating to these seminal releases. Among Feinstein's best known and most iconic photograph is Harrison in his wellies surrounded by garden gnomes at his home Friar Park, which graces the cover of All Things Must Pass. Serving as the official photographer of The Concert for Bangladesh, Feinstein's exclusive access allowed him to capture Harrison and his friends. Among those musical artists were Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann, and more."

Shortly before his death, George Harrison made it clear that although he loved being a musician, the fame of the Beatles and the mania that always surrounded them, stunted a substantial part of his creativity once the group moved past its legendary club era in Liverpool and Hamburg: ["It was like an apprenticeship; you could learn how to — you could make mistakes, and you'd learn your licks and your chops and all them little musical things, and I was just getting good and then we got famous and it just wrecked it."] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . just wrecked it)

Phil Spector set the scene prior to him signing on to produce Harrison's first post-Beatles album, the triple record set, All Things Must Pass: ["(Paul) McCartney was making an album, John (Lennon) had a single ready to go and now John was talking about making an album already — the Plastic Ono Band (album) — and I said to George, 'Y'know, you ought to consider making an album.' I went to George's (estate) Friar Park, which he had just purchased, and he said, 'I have a few ditties' for you to hear.' It was endless! He literally had hundreds of songs — and each one was better than the rest. He had all this emotion built up when it released to me."] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . released to me)

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