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  posted on 10/3/2011 at 10:01 AM
Looking forward to seeing this documentary.

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"George Harrison: Living in the Material World," Wednesday and Thursday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

REASON TO WATCH This is Martin Scorsese's third major bio of rock icons, after the Stones ("Shine a Light") and Dylan ("No Direction Home").

WHAT IT'S ABOUT Scorsese's three-hour-plus portrait of George Harrison covers the full career, from The Beatles through The Traveling Wilburys, with special emphasis paid to his spiritual journey. There's a bounty of music, archival footage -- doubtless, some of it rare -- and many interviews, including with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector. An unexplained omission: Ravi Shankar, 91, who is still performing. Of special interest, Olivia Harrison speaks in considerable detail about the 1999 stabbing of Harrison at his home, Friar Park, at the end of Thursday's telecast.

MY SAY "Living in the Material World" gets a jump on the 10th anniversary of Harrison's death, which falls in late November, but the timing almost feels incidental -- or even irrelevant. Scorsese here aims for something that's deeper and richer than a mere anniversary tribute. This is almost a reappraisal, or, at minimum, a concerted effort to strip away the enduring enigma of Harrison. The latter mission is certainly achieved. Filled with interviews of friends and family, a fully human portrait emerges that is most striking in just how normal and fundamentally decent the subject was. By contrast, "No Direction Home" was dark and brooding, its subject almost swallowed by the shadows. In this, Harrison is voluble, smiling, laughing -- a family man who tenderly hugs his son, Dhani, in a private moment. There is no shyness, or remove, and certainly no shadows. Scorsese may have permanently banished that old "quiet Beatle" label. As the title indicates, this film is also about Harrison's spiritual journey, and Olivia explains that his life after the Beatles was in preparation for the moment of his death. Scorsese indeed establishes that Harrison's passion for eastern mysticism had a profound influence on his life and art. Harrison, foremost, was the thinking Beatle.

BOTTOM LINE The first part covers the Beatles years, the second after 1970s classic "All Things Must Past." It's all excellent.

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  posted on 10/3/2011 at 12:35 PM
Can't wait to see this! I got the following email. Unless I missed it...I can't figure out when the dvd will be available in the US....


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Watch the exclusive clip from the forthcoming Martin Scorsese film on georgeharrison.com

|click to watch exclusive clip|

DOCUMENTARY DEBUT IN OCTOBER
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In the US:
October 5 & 6 - The film will be broadcast exclusively on HBO October 5 (Part 1) and 6 (Part 2). A US home video release will follow in the Spring.

In the UK:
4th October - The film will be IN CINEMAS for one day only!
View theater listing and find a showing near you.

10th October - The film is released on home video in the UK on DVD, Blu-Ray and Deluxe Edition versions.
The limited-edition Deluxe version is packaged in a bespoke picture frame box with easel back for photo display, and includes 2 DVDs and one Blu-ray featuring the film plus 11 bonus features, a 10-track CD of previously-unreleased recordings, 2 exclusive lithographs, and a 96-page book.

CD Tracklist:
1. My Sweet Lord (demo) 3:33
2. Run Of The Mill (demo) 1:56
3. I'd Have You Any Time (early take) 3:06
4. Mama You've Been On My Mind (demo) 3:04
5. Let It Be Me (demo) 2:56
6. Woman Don't You Cry For Me (early take) 2:44
7. Awaiting On You All (early take) 2:40
8. Behind That Locked Door (demo) 3:29
9. All Things Must Pass (demo) 4:38
10. The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) 2:23

Bonus Features:
(*exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1. George plays the Uke* 1:37
2. Deep Blue* 1:11
3. Here Comes The Sun 2:38
4. Dispute and Violence 5:12
5. Growing Up In Liverpool* 4:20
6. Paul McCartney 2:23
7. Neil Aspinall* 3:31
8. The Inner Light* 2:31
9. Jeff Lynne 2:56
10. Gordon Murray* 4:17
11. Damon Hill 4:21
Buy at Amazon UK
or check your local retailer.

WORLDWIDE BOOK LAUNCH
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In early October, Abrams Books will publish Olivia Harrison's George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia from George's life that reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire.
Buy at Amazon US | Buy at Amazon UK
or check your local retailer.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION
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Additionally, The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles will present the first major exhibition to explore the life of George Harrison.
Opening October 11, the exhibition, George Harrison: Living in the Material World will bring together a collection of diverse artifacts, rare photographs and footage, featuring dozens of items from the private collection of the Harrison Estate.
http://www.grammymuseum.org/


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  posted on 10/3/2011 at 01:17 PM
Thanks for all the info. ;-)

 

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  posted on 10/3/2011 at 03:45 PM
I can't remember the last time I was this excited to see something... I've been waiting for the last four years and then for the last 2 months I've been restless since they announced the exact date.

I encourage anyone even with only a little interest to check this out...

 

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  posted on 10/3/2011 at 04:36 PM
CANNOT wait for it--i saw the trailer awhile ago---fantastic!!
 
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  posted on 10/3/2011 at 08:51 PM
I know what I'll be doing Wednesday and Thursday night
 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 03:22 AM


Surviving Beatles Attend George Harrison Film Premiere
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15147935

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 06:08 AM
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Surviving Beatles Attend George Harrison Film Premiere


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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 07:16 PM
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Looking forward to seeing this documentary.
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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 04:30 PM
For those who have access to HBO, they are offering a premiere tonight and tomorrow night

George Harrison
PREMIERE ON HBO TONIGHT!

Martin Scorsese's documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World premieres in two parts, tonight (Oct 5) and tomorrow (October 6), only on HBO. Begins 9pm, please check your local listings.

http://www.georgeharrison.com/#/media/videos/living-material-world-clip-her e-comes-sun

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 12:58 AM
I thought it would be good; Part One was even better than my wildest dreams. Incredible live footage of the early Beatles, some of which I'd NEVER seen. And the honesty really got me at times. I won't get more specific because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Can't wait 'till Thursday night!!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 06:05 PM
Great news, Rob! Part 2 tonight! (And yeah for friends with TIVO! )

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 06:24 PM
My favorite two tidbits from part one

1 - Astrid Kirchherr stating that from the beginiing john was trying to prove what a grownup he was; Paul was trying to prove that he was the smart, educated "good boy." She felt that it was George's kindness that helped keep those two very, very different personalities working in harmony

2 - George Martin stated that John and Paul's partnership was really more of competition than collaboration; trying to outdo the other. George, on the other hand, was basically a loner and had no one to bounce his music off of

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 10:00 PM
Just watched part 2.

Some thoughts....

Music as expected was beautiful as it is each time I hear it....

It lifted my spirits during some rough times.....

George's soulfulness,humanity, and real side were nicely portrayed and there were a few video outtakes that I never saw...pics too....




Olivia was very honest and open,Paul and Ringo clearly love their departed bro....

Overall there was little new here-- most of it covered in writing,history,or footage,merely organized....

Always sweet to see George,to love his music....

Nice to see Klaus....


And no fast talking Marty doing the interviews

Nice

[Edited on 10/7/2011 by dadof2]

 

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  posted on 10/6/2011 at 10:50 PM
Really enjoyed it. Great videos, pictures, etc.
Had to listen to All Things Must Pass today.

might have to watch it again.

btw, did anyone else out there ever have a copy of that Hare Krishna album?

 

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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 10:31 AM
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btw, did anyone else out there ever have a copy of that Hare Krishna album?


That was probably the ONLY LP on Apple that I never got (only because I never actually have seen a copy in person). Besides the Beatles individually & collectively, I have all the Badfinger, Jackie Lomax, James Taylor, Modern Jazz Quartet, Lon & Derek Van Eaton, Elephant's Memory, Mary Hopkin AND, yes even Yoko Ono albums...but just never saw the Krishna Temple album.

After seeing Part 1, I dug out the Wonderwall Music album. I forgot how fun that album is to listen to.

I was thinking that I'd probably tear up throughout the whole documentary, but I made it through Part 1 dry-eyed. Well, I definitely made up for it during Part 2. Klaus' description of how George helped him through a sad time really got to me. And, then Ringo summed it all up with his "Barbara F-ing Walters" comment.

I saw George on the '74 tour and I never could understand the depth of the negative criticisms. As far as I recall it was really great musically, just his voice was shot...but, on some songs, he still sounded pretty good considering how bad his "pipes" were.

I just wish he could've mustered enough confidence to tour the US after his Japan tour in the early 90's. But, then obviously that's my own selfish wish.

 
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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 10:43 AM
Have only watched Part 1 so far but loved it. I didn't really think of it as about George though but I guess you have to get through the Beatles story to get to it. I can easily see how Part 2 would be more of the intimate side of the George story and a tear jerker as mentioned.

Really well made and some clips and pics that I have never seen.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 10:59 AM
I have to agree with what everyone else has said. I loved Part 1, but Part 2 was just outstanding. I didn't make it through without some tears, but I expected that. I was struck by how many real friends he had. You could see Ray Cooper and many others fighting back their tears as they spoke. The music was extraordinarily beautiful, but we knew that already. Imagine being there when George made up Here Comes the Sun? It had to be incredible. If you've never seen the loving tribute, Concert for George, go out and buy the dvd. It's worth every penny.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 05:38 PM
did they remember to include Delaney & Bonnie ? just curious..

Delaney and Bonnie were great friends of GH, not only friends, but inspiration as well as (major imho) contributers to his music (it is my understanding Bonnie "gave" - Something- to George wrote it on that Delaney,Bonnie & Friends tour of Europe, GH loved it and Bonnie said, here, its yours....

Amazes me how Europe appreciates our American music, at times, more than its appreciated here in the states..more power to 'em..

Bonnie is refreshingly one of the few artists that truly lives and breathes her art for sake of friendship and art itself .

Hopefuly she was interviewed as she has great stories , one comes to mind, how Delaney, EC ,herself and the rest pulled up to George's mansion in England in their tour bus, inviting Geroge to go on the road.

He answered something to the effect that they had to first ask his wife, she would be too polite to tell them no, but had he asked her, she would have no part of him taking off Thus, the great Delaney ,Bonnie and Friends LIVE recordings

another story Ive heard Bonnie recall, her Sister Loretta answers the phone at her home in TN often enough, she has answered the phone with Geroge, EC, all kinds of great musicians/artists that call Bonnie, and relays to Bonnie, "some guitar player called" when Bonnie asks, what guitar player? Sister cant remember , next thing Bonnie knows, Its Geroge or EC, etc calling, asking if she got their message? " never returned my call ." I thought that was hilarious...

looking forward to this on the rebound, maybe PBS will air sooner or later..

 

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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 06:14 PM

Is this going to make it to theaters, like in the UK ? We don't have cable.
I suppose the DVD will be along shortly. Sounds like a great documentary.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2011 at 08:15 PM
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Is this going to make it to theaters, like in the UK ? We don't have cable.
I suppose the DVD will be along shortly. Sounds like a great documentary.


You can order it from AMAZON. I am sure it is also available elsewhere:

http://www.amazon.com/George-Harrison-Living-Material-World/dp/1419702203/r ef=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318036386&sr=8-1

 

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  posted on 10/8/2011 at 06:51 AM
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did they remember to include Delaney & Bonnie ? just curious..

Delaney and Bonnie were great friends of GH, not only friends, but inspiration as well as (major imho) contributers to his music (it is my understanding Bonnie "gave" - Something- to George wrote it on that Delaney,Bonnie & Friends tour of Europe, GH loved it and Bonnie said, here, its yours....

Amazes me how Europe appreciates our American music, at times, more than its appreciated here in the states..more power to 'em..

Bonnie is refreshingly one of the few artists that truly lives and breathes her art for sake of friendship and art itself .

Hopefuly she was interviewed as she has great stories , one comes to mind, how Delaney, EC ,herself and the rest pulled up to George's mansion in England in their tour bus, inviting Geroge to go on the road.

He answered something to the effect that they had to first ask his wife, she would be too polite to tell them no, but had he asked her, she would have no part of him taking off Thus, the great Delaney ,Bonnie and Friends LIVE recordings

another story Ive heard Bonnie recall, her Sister Loretta answers the phone at her home in TN often enough, she has answered the phone with Geroge, EC, all kinds of great musicians/artists that call Bonnie, and relays to Bonnie, "some guitar player called" when Bonnie asks, what guitar player? Sister cant remember , next thing Bonnie knows, Its Geroge or EC, etc calling, asking if she got their message? " never returned my call ." I thought that was hilarious...

looking forward to this on the rebound, maybe PBS will air sooner or later..


they didn't mention D&B. There was a photo of George and EC together in "friends" that I recognized, but if you didn't know the particular pic you probably wouldn't have known that George played with them

 

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  posted on 10/8/2011 at 08:17 AM
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I have to agree with what everyone else has said. I loved Part 1, but Part 2 was just outstanding. I didn't make it through without some tears, but I expected that. I was struck by how many real friends he had. You could see Ray Cooper and many others fighting back their tears as they spoke. The music was extraordinarily beautiful, but we knew that already. Imagine being there when George made up Here Comes the Sun? It had to be incredible. If you've never seen the loving tribute, Concert for George, go out and buy the dvd. It's worth every penny.



Agree completely, what I also liked is that they didn't always sugar coat who he was....he was a man, he had opinions and they didn't try and hide that.

 

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  posted on 10/8/2011 at 10:59 AM
I believe that's the book you can order in the link above, not the dvd set.
 
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  posted on 10/8/2011 at 11:52 AM
My DVD arrived here in the UK today (from Amazon 11.99).



 
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