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Harrison: Living in the Material World – Scorcese’s Focus On The Quiet Beatle Is A Joy

by | 2nd, October 2011

WAS George Harrison the best of The Beatles? Was he a better singer than Paul McCartney and better songwriter,than John Lennon? Could he play the drums better than Ringo Starr. Ok, the last one’s a given – but was Harrison the true star? Paul McCartney said The Beatles were “four corners of a square – without any of those corners, you collapse”. The square is a perfect shape, but it also confining and dull. As Harrison wrote in his diary one year before the Fab Four broke up:

“Got up went to Twickenham rehearsed until lunchtime — left The Beatles — went home, and in the evening did King of Fuh at Trident studio, had chips later.”

Rock and roll, people, for the biggest squares in pop.

Martin Scorcese’s three-and-a-half-hour documentary on Harrison – Harrison: Living in the Material World – will show the real man beyond the hackneyed anecdotes we’ve heard a million times already and reveal a new reason to appreciate The Beatles – all the more vital at a time when pop music is a contest peopled by needy, cynical glory-hole-faced experts sucking the joy from music as the X Factor agonists go on a joyless, tear-filled journey to the bank.

Harrison was a talented and spiritual performer who helped make your life better. Enjoy the film:

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Left to right. Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Olivia Harrison and Ringo Starr arrive at the screening of George Harrison: Living In The Material World at the BFI in London.



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