На чате, который состоялся на Yahoo на прошлой неделе, Джордж Харрисон в шутливой форме пообещал мне приехать в Россию. Ниже вы можете прочитать полный протокол этого чата (Саша Ефименков - большое спасибо!). Полностью этот вопрос звучал: "Hello from Russia, George. Russian fans invite you to play in
Moscow. Can you tell will the Traveling Wilburys reform? Are there
any plans to record something with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne?". К сожалению Джордж ответил только на первую часть моего вопроса: "Thank you, Russian fans. I'll be there after Argentina". Серьезно я думаю воспринимать это высказывание не стоит, но кто знает...
Yahoo: We're here with George Harrison. Please welcome EMI recording
artist George Harrison. Hi.
GH: Hello. It's nice to be here. It's my first time on a computer.
I'm pretty illiterate.
Yahoo: What made you decide to reissue All Things Must Pass Now?
GH: It's the 30th anniversary and I'm in the process of remastering
my entire catalog, which I want to get back into the stores. So we
started with that one. And hopefully during the year we'll be able to
come with the next batch and so on, so that everything I have ever
done will be available.
Q: Are you planning a new studio album?
GH: Yeah. After I'm through with all that stuff I hope to put out a
new studio album. Possibly November. And I have at the moment many
songs in various states of completion. Possibly 35 songs that I have
been working on over the years.
Q: Do you surf the internet much? What types of things do you do online?
GH: No. I never surf. I don't know the password.
Q: (from "willowy blond") Hi, my boyfriend wants to know what's your
fave electric guitar and do you still have Rocky, your 161 Fender strat?
GH: Hello, willowy blond. I still have Rocky. And he can be seen at
Cyril's rare guitar shop on www.allthingsmustpass.com.
Q: Will you be releasing Living in The Material World in a remastered
extra tracks version?
GH: Well, as I said before, that would be the next one to be
remastered. I have to get into my tape library to find out if there
are any alternate versions of anything.
Q: Hi, George. Glad to hear from you again. Are you planning to do
any live performances? If so, where would you like to play? Please
include Argentina. With love from Argentina (followed by a bunch of names).
GH: Hello, Argentina. J At the moment I have no plans for live
performances. If I do later, I will certaintly come to Argentina.
Q: What did you think of Bob Dylan getting nominated for an Oscar?
A: I think he should win it. I think he should win all the Oscars,
all the Tonys, all the GRAMMYS.
Q: (from pcpalmiere) How has the Rutles influenced your career?
GH: I got all my ideas from the Rutles. Particularly the 12 string
Rickenbackers and slide guitar styles, I got from Stig O'Hara. I met him
once and he is a super chap.
Q: Hello from Russia, George. Russian fans invite you to play in
Moscow. Can you tell will the Traveling Wilburys reform? Are there
any plans to record something with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne?
GH: Thank you, Russian fans. I'll be there after Argentina.
Q: Hi, George. I'm Natalie, an 18 y.o. girl from Australia and I'm a
huge fan. Any hints for a budding guitarist?
GH: Yes. Buy a ukelele.
Q: George, do you ever see a reunion tour with you and Paul and Ringo?
GH: Not really. But stranger things have happened.
Q: George, which version of My Sweet Lord to you like best, the
original or the new version?
GH: I like the new version better. Because it's new. And I like Sam
Brown singing it.
Yahoo: Why did you revisit it?
GH: At the time the song was so popular and also so controversial
that the most important thing about it for me was that it, in its
small way, conjured up a touch of spirituality, something we are very
Q: Hi George. Christopher here. Thank you for being such an
inspiration. What was it like working with Phil Spector? Although I
can hear his influence, your influence and leadership in the
production is clear. God Bless You, George.
GH: Phil Spector was probably the greatest producer from the 60's and
it was good to work with him because I needed some assistance in the
control box. Phil was very funny, lovable, and sometimes annoying.
But we love him.
Q: I have several teenage friends who have just discovered "All
Things Must Pass". They were wondering about radio airplay. I
explained that this was a remastered, etc. album, a re-release
essentially. They, however, as I do, feel the music is just as cool
as it was when you first released the work. Wouldn't it be great if a
single was selected and the whole cycle could start again?
GH: It's nice to know that teenagers find "All Things Must Pass"
"cool". As far as a single goes, I suppose that's really up to Capitol
Records. I have no objection.
Q: Hi, Mr. Harrison. How do you feel about the Beatles 1 album being
top of the charts?
GH: It's very nice. It helps pay the bills. It's also nice that
young children seem to be hearing it for the first time. And I think
that as an alternative form of music for today it has its place
alongside all this other stuff.
Q: Out of curiosity, why the garden gnomes on "All Things Must Pass"?
GH: Originally when we took the photo I had these old Bavarian gnomes
which I thought I would put there, like kinda John, Paul, George and
Ringo. Gnomes are very popular in Europe, and these gnomes were made
in about 1860. So while building the website, the gnomes just seemed
to get into it and we just couldn't stop them.
Q: Is Indian music still a big influence on your music?
Yahoo: Anything particular?
GH: Check out U. Srinivas, a South Indian electric mandolin player.
Eat your heart out, Van Halen!
Q: Following the incident at your house in December 1999, has your
outlook on life changed at all?
GH: Yes and no. Adi Shankara, an Indian historical spiritual groovy
type person once said "Life is fragile, like a raindrop on a lotus
leaf". And you better believe it.
Q: I'm curious about your website and the way the cover photo is
altered by adding roads and urban development to the picture. Does
that symbolize anything?
GH: Yes. It symbolizes that our world is being concreted over.
Haven't you noticed?
Q: George, you have quite a reputation as a gardener. What are some
of your pride and joy plants? Love, Dianne
GH: Well, for the cooler climates, as in England, the current trend
is definitely toward Miscanthus. You'll find many lovely varieties.
Try the Zebrensis. And also the Malepartis. However, if you're
gardening in the tropics I think you'll find a lovely little ginger
called Kahili. :p
Q: Mr. Harrison, what is the opening chord you use for "A Hard Day's
GH: It is F with a G on top, on the 12 string. But you'll have to
ask Paul about the bass note to get the proper story.
Q: What do you think of Eminem's Grammy nomination?
GH: What's Eminem? Aren't they chocolates or something?
Q: You started the "band aid" movement. Who would you help today?
Love you, George.
GH: Bob Geldof.
Q: What did you record with Bill Wyman last month?
GH: J An old Ketty Lester song called "Love Letters".
Q: Why was "I Live For You" left out of the original mix? I think
it's lovely. Thanks for putting it out at last.
GH: I didn't think that we had got a good enough take on it. Except
for Pete Drake, the pedal steel guitar player. At that time I had so
many other tracks as well, so we just left it off. It did need
patching up in the drum department.
Q: How close are you to releasing that box set of unreleased songs
and demos you talked about in Billboard some time back?
GH: Well, hopefully touring (sic) this year I should at least get out
a new album and all the other boxes of unreleased demos could possibly
follow in 80 months. I'm trying to get everything that has ever been
done out there. It'll just take a little time. Sorry. Eighteen
months, not 80. ;p And sorry about the touring bit. My typist is
having a spasm. J
Q: George, what do you miss most about John Lennon?
GH: John Lennon.
Q: George, in the Anthology book you talk about the unwound G string.
What is that? I play guitar and I'm not sure what you're talking about.
GH: It's one of those little things that goes up your butt so people
can't see your panty lines. No, it's actually a 3rd string that
doesn't have a winding around it.
Q: Does Paul still piss you off? (Tell us the truth.)
GH: Scan not a friend with a microscopic glass. You know his faults,
then let his foibles pass. Old Victorian proverb. I'm sure there's
enough about me that pisses him off, but I think we have now grown old
enough to realize that we're both pretty damn cute.
Q: Mr. Harrison, I was wondering if you might tell us a bit about
your ideas on love, romantic love that is. I recall you having
written some of the Beatles most beautiful love songs. It will be
interesting to hear how your religious attitudes have impacted your
beliefs concerning romanticism.
GH: Well, the lover that we miss is actually God. The beauty that
you see within each other is actually God. So Krishna was the
greatest romanticist. He had girlfriends on every corner. I can't
separate the two. A beautiful girl is the Divine Mother. A beautiful
man is the manifestation of potential.
Q: You're joking in a most Pythonistic manner tonight, George. It's
great to hear you online.
GH: PISS OFF! You nosy bastard.
Q: Is is true that you recorded "Homeward Bound" with P. Simon?
GH: I recorded that with Paul Simon on "Saturday Night Live" back in 1853.
Q: Given the drug experimentation of the 60's how do you feel about
the legalization of pot?
GH: Well, I saw someone on TV last night pulling out huge loads of
pot out of various fields in California. My feeling is as long as you
can go into a store and buy whiskey, bourbon, vodka, gin and all the
rest of it, then a little grass is nothing. The authorities are just
causing the price to be high. Е-scuse the pun.
Q: Have you any tips to budding songwriters? Do you as John
apparently advised you, stick at it until you have finished it?
GH: Try and write some melodies and some words that mean something.
It is true that if you are on a roll then it's best to finish it in
one go. That's what Johnny said.
Q: (KD TASH) Any chance that the Dark Horse material, especially
Shankar Family and Friends, will be released on CD?
GH: Well, along with my own catalog of records, the other Dark Horse
records, hopefully, will be finding a new home and coming out on CDs
remastered sometime in the future.
Q: Hey George, will you ever be back on Yahoo?
GH: Possibly. It's pretty painless for me.
Q: Happy Birthday a little early. During your recent Internet video
promoting "All Things Must Pass", you pointed to an engraving on the
back of your guitar. What did the engraving say?
GH: It's a McLaren strat and it had a metal chassis number plate on
the back. Thank you all. May God bless you all. Don't forget to say all
your prayers tonight. Be good little souls. Lots of love. George.
Yahoo: Thank you sooo much for joining us. Please come back soon.
GH: Check out www.allthingsmustpass.com for further entertainment.
Yahoo: Bye everyone.
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