George Harrison: Living in the Material World
I’ve just finished watching this documentary and the sun came out, no joke, I’m writing these words in a ray of light.
Everyone has a favourite Beatle, mine for some strange reason has always been George Harrison.
Perhaps because I could identify with his position in the band or
maybe when I started to listen and understood the lyrics, I fell in love with what he gave in his songs.
My father came to me a couple of days ago and mentioned this documentary about George and that it will inspire me.
I was never a huge Beatles fan but they were around, vinyls, colourful covers of my parents…the songs like nursery rhymes almost, for most children of my generation, who never knew the phenomenon as it actually happened.
I guess, I always related to him because he was doing his own thing, he recognised others outside of the group unit and was in his own way an innovator when it comes to his song writing, mixing styles in a clever way and ahead of his time but never the loud one.
Whereas Lennon and McCartney had a sort of competition with each other, he just started doing his own thing.
He was a collaborator and brought people together.
His spirituality and friendship with Ravi Shankar which started a movement in the western hemisphere.
He mortgaged his house to finance Monty Pythons ‘The Life of Brian’, just because he wanted to see it.
A peek into this close knit unit of 4 extreme artists all blessed in their own way, that had come together, like it only happens every other century or so… And it shows you what true talent really is in this weird age of GM celeb fame factories which might look like the real thing but it’s artificial flavour all the way.
Listen to his mates talk about what a magical guy he was and enjoy a little of this great person.
This documentary made by Martin Scorsese, has great interviews, vintage footage and obviously an animating soundtrack that makes you want to listen to his music again, with a new won inspiration.
Possible Side effects: It is a long documentary, so be prepared to just sit still for a while.