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An Intimate Look Into George Harrison’s Life


It was a grand event Tuesday night at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, as the venue’s newest exhibition “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” was unveiled to a VIP crowd.

Offering a rare look into the prolific musician’s life – both public and private – the exhibition features items as iconic as his Gretsch Duo Jet guitar to notebooks and clothing, such as the cream-colored Nudie Cohn suit he wore at the Concert for Bangladesh, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Fans have been wanting to see these things,” Olivia Harrison, George’s widow, told the Times. “The guitars are beautiful, and I know they should be seen and shared. George always said that instruments should be played. When he came across somebody who had collected a thousand instruments, he thought it was wrong that they were kept locked away in a warehouse somewhere.

“Maybe one day we’ll be able to have it where people can actually pick up and play some of them.”

Those in attendance included former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Doors drummer John Densmore and former Traveling Wilburys bandmate Jeff Lynn, according to the Times.

Harrison once referred to the Duo Jet as his “first real decent guitar,” and it was used on The Beatles’ Please Please Me album, along with his 1987 solo album, Cloud Nine.

In July, Gretsch released the G6128T-GH George Harrison Signature Duo Jet, which mirrored the black-and-white beauty. Gretsch also put out a limited edition run of 60 Tribute Duo Jets in January that burrowed down to the most-miniscule detail.

Here’s a video of Harrison’s Duo Jet Tribute guitar:

Unfortunately, all instruments at the exhibit are behind Plexiglas, which prohibit attendees from playing them, but there are interactive aspects of the exhibit, including the ability to play producer with parts of his 1973 song “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).”

The show runs through Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Photos from Abbey Road on the River


Over the Labor Day weekend, Gretsch Guitars co-sponsored the annual “Abbey Road on the River” festival—the world’s largest Beatles-inspired Music Festival. Located at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., on the spectacular shores of the Potomac River, the festival featured more than 50 bands performing on eight stages, an indoor showcase display that presented thousands of historical and collectible items, including seldom-seen photos, volumes of books documenting every step of the band’s evolution, and Gretsch’s meticulous replica of George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet guitar, which he played early in the band’s career, including the Cavern days.

The American Red Cross received 40 percent of the revenue generated from tickets purchased through a special website and $5 from every ticket sold at the box office during the five-day festival. Gretsch also generously donated two guitars that netted over $5,000 for the Red Cross. More details here.

Enjoy some photos from the festival in our slideshow below.

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George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh Album Makes Digital Debut


GRAMMY-Winning Concert for Bangladesh Album Makes its Digital Debut on iTunes for the 40th Anniversary of Legendary Show; Sales Benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF

Download the album now on iTunes.

On the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking Concert for Bangladesh, the first major music benefit for a humanitarian cause, the music community is coming together yet again for UNICEF, this time to help provide emergency relief for children in famine and drought-affected regions in the Horn of Africa. UNICEF is calling the situation in the Horn of Africa the “worst humanitarian emergency in the world” with Somalia being the epicenter of the crisis.

To pay tribute to the Concert for Bangladesh, and its organizers George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, this August has been designated as the “Month of Giving.” During the Month of Giving all donations to the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF will benefit UNICEF’s life-saving programs for children in the Horn of Africa. To jump start this fundraising initiative, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which was founded by Olivia Harrison, wife of the late George Harrison, is immediately releasing $1 million to UNICEF for emergency efforts in the Horn of Africa.

As part of the Month of Giving, musicians and performing artists across the world will engage with fans throughout August, including by tweeting and posting content on their Facebook pages. These artists include the original Concert for Bangladesh performers Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell, as well as Arcade Fire, Monty Python, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Doors, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Brian Wilson, My Morning Jacket, Nas, Jackson Browne, Jewel, and more. To see a full list of participating artists, visit theconcertforbangladesh.com.

“It’s deeply heartening to see how the compassion of musicians is handed down from generation to generation,” said Olivia Harrison. “In 1971 the crisis was in Bangladesh, today it’s the Horn of Africa. My thanks goes out to all the musicians who have pledged their support.”

The digital album of The Concert for Bangladesh debuts on iTunes Wednesday, July 27. In honor of the altruistic sprit which gave birth to the Concert for Bangladesh, each download will benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. iTunes, Apple Records Inc. and all artists, songwriters and publishers associated with the concert, will keep no income from album sales and have waived all fees.

In a worldwide, 72-hour online event, The Concert for Bangladesh feature film will be available from Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 1 for free video streaming in its entirety on iTunes, georgeharrison.com and theconcertforbangladesh.com.

In 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar staged two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden, underwritten by The Beatles’ Apple Corps., that brought together a star-studded cast of musicians to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war. The Concert for Bangladesh, which supported UNICEF’s programs in the country, pioneered the all-star concert benefit model, which continues to move hearts and raise money today. In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh and has expanded its reach to other countries where children are at risk.

Today the Horn of Africa is facing what is being called the worst drought in 60 years, and famine has been declared by the United Nations in two regions of southern Somalia. More than 2 million children are acutely malnourished, including half a million children who are at imminent risk of death if they do not receive immediate lifesaving assistance.

“Forty years ago this August, the friendship between George Harrison and Ravi Shankar forever changed music and the lives of countless Bangladeshi children,” said President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern. ”Today millions of children in the Horn of Africa desperately need our help. We are humbled by the outpouring of support from the music community led by Olivia Harrison, Apple Records and our friends at iTunes.”

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George Harrison Documentary And Book Announced


HBO has acquired the North American broadcast rights to Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which will debut in two parts — on October 5 and October 6, 2011 — exclusively on HBO.

London — Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK announced that it will be releasing the film in the UK on 10th October 2011 in three editions – DVD, Blu-ray and DVD Double play (DVD/ BD combi pack), and a beautifully packaged DVD / Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, which includes an exclusive CD of previously unheard tracks from George Harrison, and a book of photography to accompany the film.

George Harrison: Living in the Material World focuses the imaginative and inspired eye of one of cinema’s most pre-eminent filmmakers on one of the world’s most influential men. The film takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrison’s life, much of it told in his own words. The result is deeply moving and touches each viewer in unique and individual ways.

Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist, and filmmaker. Scorsese weaves together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies, and photographs. Much of the material in the film has never been seen (or heard) before. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

The film includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. They speak honestly and frankly about George’s many talents and contradictions.

Additionally, in late September, 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. The book release is intended to coincide with the release of Scorsese’s film.

More details at georgeharrison.com

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Celebrate the Life & Music of George Harrison


Celebrate the life and music of George Harrison on his birth date with a free special streaming event of the entire “Concert For George” on this Friday, Feb. 25.

The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Nov. 29, 2002 as a memorial to mark the first anniversary of Harrison’s death. The profits from the event went to the Material World Charitable Foundation, an organization set up by Harrison.

Visit GeorgeHarrison.com from 8am GMT on Feb. 25 for this 24-hour celebration

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