I remember saying to my dad: “The backwards solo guitar on that Hendrix thing is just the sickest thing I ever heard.” Dad just replied, without looking up from his tea: “I did the first backwards guitar solo on ‘I’m Only Sleeping’
I was a kid [attending] Simon and Garfunkel at Wembley Stadium. I was standing in the urinals, kind of embarrassed, and he said, ‘Do you need any help?’ He’d seen me with my parents, but I didn’t recognize him. … [Upon leaving, the stranger started chatting with Giles’ parents.] They said, ‘George, have you met my son Giles?’ and he said, ‘Yes, we just had a piss next to each other.’
There was no pomp and circumstance with him. And whenever it came to [recording at] Abbey Road, there was no red carpet. He wanted everyone to be treated the same.
—Giles Martin on George Harrison, in response to CNN’s question, "People often aren’t aware of what a great sense of humor George had. He was thought of as ‘the quiet Beatle,’ the ‘mystical Beatle.’ I wonder if either of you have stories about his humor." - 2011 (via thateventuality)
—Blow Away (demo)
George Harrison “Blow Away” (demo), found via YouTube.
«It was sitting in the garden in a hut looking at the water as it was pouring with rain. We were having leaks in the house because some drain had blocked and I’d gone out in my hat and raincoat and was down there in the hut getting away from it all. […]
I was feeling rotten, a bit ratty; not feeling good in myself, and it was all getting next to me. It is remembering again that that isn’t me. Remember what the masters say ‘I am basically a potentially divine, wonderful human being’, and all this rattiness or not feeling good is me attaching myself to the mind. The biggest thing that screws us up in life is the mind, it plays tricks on us and can trip you over.
I thought ‘I don’t have to feel all this! I do love everybody’, and that is really all you’ve got to do, manifest your love. The only thing we really have to work at in this life is how to manifest love.
All I’ve got to do is to love you
All I’ve got to be is to be happy
And that was Blow Away, as simple as that. I came in, found the chords to the tune that came into my head and then some time later wrote the verse. But then I thought that the tune was so obvious somehow, I got a bit embarrassed by it and didn’t want to play it to anybody. But when I recorded it I actually liked it more.»
- George Harrison, I Me Mine
Scan - Peter and George at home, Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool, 1961
Scanned from Living in the Material World
"In Upton Green he used to practise a couple of times a week with the whole gang in his bedroom and it used to drive you mad with his stamping foot. All you could hear downstairs was this thump-thump-thump of his foot and Mum and Dad used to go bananas - but they put up with it." - Peter Harrison, Living in the Material World