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George Harrison

Date de naissance: 25. février 1943
Date de décès: 29. novembre 2001

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George Harrison, né le 25 février 1943 à Liverpool et mort le 29 novembre 2001 à Los Angeles, est un musicien, auteur-compositeur, chanteur et producteur de cinéma britannique, guitariste et le plus jeune membre des Beatles.

Issu d'un milieu modeste, il est un ami d'enfance de Paul McCartney, qui le propose début 1958 à John Lennon pour qu'il intègre sa formation, The Quarrymen. À trois, ils forment le noyau du groupe qui devient les Beatles en 1960 et, après l'arrivée de Ringo Starr et à partir de 1963, un des plus grands phénomènes de l'histoire de la musique populaire du XXe siècle.

L'influence de Harrison dans la musique des Beatles va croissant au fil des années. Il est tout d'abord le guitariste solo et un des trois chanteurs du groupe qui se distingue très vite pour la qualité de ses harmonies vocales. À partir de 1965, il introduit la spiritualité, la musique et les instruments indiens dans l'univers musical des Fab Four. Enfin, il compose quelques-unes de leurs plus belles chansons durant les dernières années, comme While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Something ou Here Comes the Sun. Il est aussi un pionnier dans l'utilisation du synthétiseur dans la musique rock. À mesure que son talent de compositeur s'affirme, sa frustration à rester dans l'ombre du tandem Lennon/McCartney grandit. Elle participe aux dissensions qui vont conduire à la séparation des Beatles en 1970.

Harrison connaît une belle réussite artistique et commerciale au début de sa carrière solo, avec son triple album All Things Must Pass et sa chanson My Sweet Lord. Il organise en 1971 un concert pour le Bangladesh, le premier concert de bienfaisance de l'histoire du rock. Il se lance également dans le cinéma, en fondant la société de production HandMade Films, qui produit notamment le film des Monty Python La Vie de Brian, dans lequel il fait une brève apparition. Il connaît ensuite des hauts et des bas dans sa carrière solo, avant de créer en 1988 le supergroupe Traveling Wilburys, avec Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne et Bob Dylan, formation qui produit deux albums.

Tout d'abord marié à Pattie Boyd de 1966 à 1977, il épouse en deuxièmes noces Olivia Trinidad Arias en 1978, avec qui il a un fils, Dhani. Ses apparitions se font rares au cours des années 1990, durant lesquelles il participe au projet Anthology des Beatles et travaille épisodiquement à un hypothétique album, finalement publié après sa mort, Brainwashed. Un cancer des poumons lui est diagnostiqué en 1997. Il y succombe le 29 novembre 2001, déjà fragilisé par une tentative d'assassinat dont il a été victime en 1999 dans sa propriété. Plus de quinze ans après sa mort, il est encore considéré par le public comme l'un des grands artistes de son époque.

Citations George Harrison

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„Little darling,
It's been a long cold lonely winter.“

— George Harrison
Context: Little darling, It's been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, It feels like years since it's been here. Here comes the sun... Here Comes the Sun (1969)

„All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call.“

— George Harrison
Context: From the Hindu perspective, each soul is divine. All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality. Introduction to Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead (1970) by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; this paraphrases some statements from An Autobiography of a Yogi (1948) by Paramahansa Yogananda

„Think for yourself
'Cause I won't be there with you.“

— George Harrison
Context: Do what you want to do, And go where you're going to. Think for yourself 'Cause I won't be there with you. Think for Yourself (1965)

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„My idea in "My Sweet Lord," because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit.“

— George Harrison
Context: My idea in "My Sweet Lord," because it sounded like a "pop song," was to sneak up on them a bit. The point was to have the people not offended by "Hallelujah," and by the time it gets to "Hare Krishna," they're already hooked, and their foot's tapping, and they're already singing along "Hallelujah," to kind of lull them into a sense of false security. And then suddenly it turns into "Hare Krishna," and they will all be singing that before they know what's happened, and they will think, "Hey, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Hare Krishna!" Interview with Mukunda Goswami (4 September 1982)

„I don't really like to be the guy in the white suit at the front.“

— George Harrison
Context: I had no ambition when I was a kid other than to play guitar and get in a rock 'n' roll band. I don't really like to be the guy in the white suit at the front. Like in the Beatles, I was the one who kept quiet at the back and let the other egos be at the front. Interview with Selina Scott on West 57th Street (aired 12 December 1987)

„Perhaps this may sound weird, but God is really there next to you.“

— George Harrison
Context: If there's a God, I want to see Him. It's pointless to believe in something without proof, and Krishna consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain God perception. In that way you can see, hear and play with God. Perhaps this may sound weird, but God is really there next to you. Introduction to Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead (1970) by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

„I expected them to all be nice and clean and friendly and happy … (on the contrary, I discovered them to be) hideous, spotty little teenagers.“

— George Harrison
Context: I'd thought it would be something like King's Road [London], only more. Somehow I expected them all to own their own little shops. I expected them to all be nice and clean and friendly and happy … (on the contrary, I discovered them to be) hideous, spotty little teenagers. Expressing disenchantment with the "Summer of Love" hippies of San Francisco's famous “hippie haven” i.e., the Haight-Ashbury district, which he visited on August 7, 1967. Quoted in Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison, Geoffrey Giuliano, Da Capo Press, , p. 80. [http://books.google.com/books?id=0PLygywwfL8C&pg=PA80&dq=%22hideous,+spotty+little+teenagers%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2Z6NT6-RM6Wr2AW8maGMDA&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22hideous%2C%20spotty%20little%20teenagers%22&f=false]

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„I don't mind anybody dropping out of anything, but it's the imposition on somebody else I don't like.“

— George Harrison
Context: I don't mind anybody dropping out of anything, but it's the imposition on somebody else I don't like. The moment you start dropping out and then begging off somebody else to help you, then it's no good. It doesn't matter what you are as long as you work. It doesn't matter if you chop wood as long as you chop and keep chopping. Then you get what's coming to you. You don't have to drop out. In fact, if you drop out you put yourself further away from the goal of life than if you were to keep working. Quoted in Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison, Geoffrey Giuliano, Da Capo Press, , p. 80. [http://books.google.com/books?id=0PLygywwfL8C&pg=PA80&dq=if+you+drop+out+you+put+yourself+further+away+from+the+goal+of+life+than+if+you+were+to+keep+working&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0a6NT_nKD6PC2QX434mQDA&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=if%20you%20drop%20out%20you%20put%20yourself%20further%20away%20from%20the%20goal%20of%20life%20than%20if%20you%20were%20to%20keep%20working&f=false]

„The things we've done, they were our ambitions, say 9 months ago.“

— George Harrison
Context: If you'd have asked me that question, 9 months ago, well, I would have been able to say, to come to America, to have a number one hit in America, and to play Carnegie Hall, to play the Palladium, to play in front of the Queen, and all that.... The things we've done, they were our ambitions, say 9 months ago. Asked for his greatest ambition. Pop Chronicles, [http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19783/m1/ Show 28 - The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!: The U.S.A. is invaded by a wave of long-haired English rockers. Part 2], ([https://archive.is/ty0cr 1964], [http://classicdjradioscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/04/krla-pop-chronicles-program-1969-2-of-2.html broadcast 1969]).

„If there's a God, I want to see Him.“

— George Harrison
Context: If there's a God, I want to see Him. It's pointless to believe in something without proof, and Krishna consciousness and meditation are methods where you can actually obtain God perception. In that way you can see, hear and play with God. Perhaps this may sound weird, but God is really there next to you. Introduction to Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead (1970) by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

„One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality.“

— George Harrison
Context: From the Hindu perspective, each soul is divine. All religions are branches of one big tree. It doesn't matter what you call Him just as long as you call. Just as cinematic images appear to be real but are only combinations of light and shade, so is the universal variety a delusion. The planetary spheres, with their countless forms of life, are naught but figures in a cosmic motion picture. One's values are profoundly changed when he is finally convinced that creation is only a vast motion picture and that not in, but beyond, lies his own ultimate reality. Introduction to Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead (1970) by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; this paraphrases some statements from An Autobiography of a Yogi (1948) by Paramahansa Yogananda

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