Olivia Harrison, Ringo Starr and others reflect on legacy of late Beatle, chronicled in just-reissued 1980 book of lyrics, photos and remembrances
Nearly 15 years after his death, the legacy of George Harrison and his fellow Beatles continues to reveal itself. At the moment, it’s in the form of a rare black-and-white photograph in the hands of Olivia Harrison, wife of the late singer-guitarist: It shows the early Beatles posing with their instruments in a barren stretch of Liverpool, England, dressed in matching suits but still looking tough behind their smiles.
“Look at the tones in John’s face,” Olivia says, marveling at the image of a young John Lennon. She is sitting with family friend Nicholas Roylance, publisher at U.K.-based Genesis Publications, who hands her a batch of smaller pictures of George, capturing him as both a Beatle and solo artist. “Where did that come from?” Olivia says, examining one of the pictures. “That’s super cute.”
Her ongoing mission to excavate, catalog and share the long musical history of her husband is never-ending, and has already led to her co-producing the acclaimed 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese. Now comes the expanded reissue of his 1980 book, I Me Mine, a casually intimate memoir and collection of lyrics. The book and a meticulously crafted vinyl box set of Harrison’s 12 solo albums arrived in time for the 74th anniversary of Harrison’s birth, which fell last Saturday.
(Via Rolling Stone.)