Biografia di George Harrison


George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, making him the youngest Beatle. The only Beatle who's childhood was not marred by divorce or death, he had two brothers, Harold Jr. and Peter, and a sister, Louise. His father, Harold, was a bus driver, and his mother a housewife, who all the kids in the neighborhood knew and liked. He attended Dovedale Primary school, two forms behind John Lennon, and then Liverpool Institute, one form below Paul McCartney.

George and Paul took the same bus to school, and soon found they had music and guitars in common. George and his brother Peter had formed a Skiffle band, and because they were so young, they had to sneak out of the house to play their first engagement. Paul introduced the skinny and pimple-faced George to the Quarrymen, who was only 14 at the time. Not old enough to join the group, George hung around with the boys, and came to idolize John, doing everything he could to emulate him. George stood in the back of the room at all their shows with his guitar. A few times he filled in for the regular guitarist who didn't show up, and the boys were also welcomed in George's house by his mother to practice and for an occasional "jam buttie", encouragement which infuriated John's Aunt Mimi. Gradually, George became a member of the group, which by then had come to be called Johnny and the Moondogs.

In His Own Words

At their first session, when the Beatles were asked by George Martin if there wasn't anything
they didn't like, George replied:

"Well, I don't like your tie for a start."

About Indian music and philosophy, George said:

"After 'Norwegian Wood', I met Ravi Shankar at a friend's house in London, for dinner. He offered
to give me instructions in the basics of the sitar, like how to sit, how to hold it, and the basic exercises.
It was the first time I had ever really learned music with a bit of discipline. Then I started to listen to
Indian music for the next two years, and hardly touched the guitar, except for recordings. Having all
these material things, I wanted something more. And it happened that at just the time I wanted it, it
came to me in the form of Ravi Shankar, Indian music, and the whole Indian philosophy."

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