In remembrance.

Ten years ago we lost a beautiful soul.Please post your favorite George memories in the comments.

My personal favorite thing I remember seeing about him was his Billboard Awards speech. It was adorable, full of humility and warmth.

RIP George Harrison, Nov. 29, 2001.

I still remember where I was when I heard the news, and how sad I was, but so relieved that he wasn’t suffering anymore.

 

The Updated “George” Mini!

From the Mini Cooper(BMW) website:

In celebration of the 50th birthday of the MINI automobile, the company has recreated and updated George Harrison’s original MINI.

harrison mini

In 1966, Beatles manager Brian Epstein gave each member of the band a Mini Cooper S as a gift. George Harrison took his car and painted it with different psychedelic images. The car was later seen in The Beatles’ film, Magical Mystery Tour. MINI has recreated Harrison’s car in an updated version, with the one and only model going to Olivia Harrison. The car was accepted by the Beatle’s widow on behalf of the Material Charitable Foundation, a charity set up by George in 1973. The car will be auctioned later this year, with proceeds going to the foundation. Olivia Harrison had this to say, “George was a huge MINI fan and he would have enjoyed creating this new version. The fact that MINI’s anniversary celebrations will also benefit our Foundation has made it an enjoyable as well as meaningful collaboration.”

ISN’T IT THE CUTEST CAR EVER? OMG, I want one. Too bad there IS only one.

LET IT ROLL: SONGS BY GEORGE HARRISON

My Pal Smits received this from Beatles MySpace:

Friday, May 08, 2009

“LET IT ROLL: SONGS BY GEORGE HARRISON,” TO BE RELEASED JUNE 16 BY CAPITOL/EMI

8th May 2009

Collection features Harrison’s solo hits from 1970′s All Things Must Pass through 2002′s Brainwashed, remastered, plus live recordings from 1971 Concert for Bangladesh

(the original article had everything in that sentence capitalized,so All Things Must Pass read “All Things Must Pass Through,LOL)

Capitol/EMI confirms the tracklist for George Harrison’s first-ever career-spanning solo hits collection, Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison. To be released June 16 (June 15 internationally), the CD’s special packaging includes a 28-page booklet featuring previously unseen and rare photos, and newly-written liner notes by Warren Zanes. The collection’s 19 tracks have been digitally remastered by Giles Martin at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, and will be available in CD and digital formats.

“Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison is a gathering of material that takes us far into the territory that was ultimately a place unique to George Harrison,” writes Warren Zanes in his liner notes essay for the new collection.

This collection is the first to span Harrison’s entire solo recording career, including the #1 Billboard Pop singles “My Sweet Lord,” “Isn’t It A Pity,” “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth),” and “Got My Mind Set On You.” Let It Roll also features live recordings of three timeless Harrison-penned Beatles songs, “Something,” ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Here Comes The Sun,” from his 1971 all-star Concert For Bangladesh benefit at Madison Square Garden.

“The keyhole into the world of George Harrison is the music itself. Yet his songs and the accomplishments for which he’s remembered are inextricably bound – and those accomplishments are, without question, eclectic in scope,” Zanes writes.

George Harrison is a twice-inducted member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and as a member of The Beatles, and an 11-time Grammy Award winner for his recordings with The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, and as a solo artist. On April 14, Harrison was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.

Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison (CD, digital)

1. Got My Mind Set On You

2. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

3. The Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)

4. My Sweet Lord

5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Live] – Concert For Bangladesh

6. All Things Must Pass

7. Any Road

8. This Is Love

9. All Those Years Ago

10. Marwa Blues

11. What Is Life

12. Rising Sun

13. When We Was Fab

14. Something [Live] – Concert For Bangladesh

15. Blow Away

16. Cheer Down

17. Here Comes The Sun [Live] – Concert For Bangladesh

18. I Don’t Want To Do It

19. Isn’t It A Pity

You can pre-order through www.georgeharrison.com/store and www.amazon.com.

Slightly old news:Scorsese to direct Harrison film

From Variety Music:

Martin Scorsese has committed to direct an untitled documentary about the life of George Harrison.

Scorsese will produce with Harrison’s widow Olivia and Nigel Sinclair in a co-production between Scorsese’s Sikelia Prods., Harrison’s Grove Street Prods., and Sinclair’s Spitfire Pictures.

The docu is being constructed as a theatrical release, and the Harrison family will supply materials from its extensive archive. Interviews and early production will begin later this year, and the film will take several years to complete.

Pic will cover Harrison’s Beatles career and later years that included a successful solo music career as well as a foray as a movie mogul when he backed Handmade Films and made pics such as “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “Time Bandits.” Scorsese, who explored themes of faith in “Kundun” and “The Last Temptation of Christ,” will also focus closely on the Eastern spiritual pursuits that were central to Harrison’s life.

The docu will be edited by David Tedeschi, who served the same role on the Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones film “Shine A Light.” Tedeschi was also editor on the Scorsese-directed “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.”

Spitfire’s Sinclair was a producer on the Dylan film with Scorsese, and he just teamed with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend as a producer on “Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who,” which will be released on DVD by Universal on Nov. 5.

Sikelia’s Margaret Bodde will be exec producer of the Harrison film.

“George Harrison’s music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I’m looking forward to delving deeper,” Scorsese said.

It is expected that Harrison’s surviving Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will participate, as well as the Beatles’ Apple Records, which counts Olivia Harrison as a partner.

Harrison met her husband in 1974 and they were together until he died of lung cancer at age 58 in 2001. The two of them famously fought off and subdued an attacker who broke into the Harrison home and stabbed the guitarist several times in 1999. She was also the catalyst for the tribute show “The Concert for George,” and organized a reissue of “The Concert for Bangladesh,” which Harrison put together in 1971.

“It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story,” she said.

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