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Voldar: UNICEF presents the Spirit of Compassion Award to Olivia Harrison UNICEFs Spirit of Compassion Award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions as philanthropists, advocates, and volunteers to advance the cause of children around the world. This years award was presented to Olivia Harrison for her commitment to UNICEF and to her familys legacy of helping the children of Bangladesh. In 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangladesh the first benefit concert of its kind and pulled together a star-studded cast of musicians including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, and Leon Russell. The show, held at Madison Square Garden on August 1, alerted the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people, who were suffering the simultaneous effects of floods, famine, and civil war. The Concert for Bangladesh was one of the most ambitious humanitarian efforts in music history, and focused global attention on the crisis in Bangladesh while raising awareness of UNICEF and its work in the developing world. In 2005, Olivia launched The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, which continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh, while extending its influence to include other countries where crises are putting children at risk. Most recently, The George Harrison Fund joined the U.S Fund for UNICEF and the Association of College Unions International to launch a fundraising challenge on college campuses across America. The Help Us Save Some Lives Campus Challenge mobilizes students to raise awareness and funds to save children around the world. Support The George Harrison Fund for UNICEFs (http://www.unicefusa.org/news/news-from-the-field/the-george-harrison-fund-for-u.html) newest initiative floating schools in Bangladesh that allow children who are hard to reach and affected by seasonal flooding to continue attending school. Your contribution can help to build a child friendly school environment that includes IT facilities, a library, school supplies, first aid kits, bathroom facilities and a midday meal. http://www.georgeharrison.com/#/news/archive/201012/unicef-presents-spirit-compassion-award-olivia-harrison

Voldar: Rhino Home Video will release the 2BD (Blu-ray) set of Concert For George (2003) featuring George Harrison on February 22. http://musictap.com/

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Voldar: George Harrison's beloved guitar is reborn as a replica When George Harrison played Liverpool's Cavern Club with The Beatles in the early '60s, he had a Gretsch Duo Jet in his hands. Now, Gretsch Guitars is putting a limited-run tribute model of the instrument Harrison described as his "first really decent guitar" into the hands of fans. Harrison played the Duo Jet, known for its trebly tone, on The Beatles' first album (called Meet the Beatles in the USA). It's also pictured on Harrison's 1987 Cloud Nine album. "I've never seen a more precise and detailed replica of any guitar in my life," says Harrison's son, Dhani. The tribute Duo Jets, limited to a run of 60, arrive in stores in May with a suggested retail price of $20,000. That's considerably more than the $210 merchant sailor Ivan Hayward paid for the original at Manny's Music during a late-'50s stopover in New York. "It didn't have a huge body, and you could get it flat into your body and move with it," says Hayward, now 74. "It was like the nearest thing to making love to a woman. That's what it meant in those days." Hayward kept the Duo Jet three years before selling it. Harrison recalled finding it through a newspaper ad, but Hayward says the young Beatle learned of it via word of mouth. Hayward remembers the teenage Harrison as "a bit rough" and wearing tight pants and a jacket made of black plastic. "It was hard to get leather in them days." Hayward wanted 90 pounds (about $255 at the time) for the guitar, but Harrison had just 70, "all crumpled, smelling, what you get paid when you go on gig, a handful of beer money," Hayward says. Harrison eventually took the guitar and left the 70 pounds and an IOU (a copy of which is included with the tribute guitar). Hayward later went to see Harrison's band play a local church dance, but they never talked again. (The debt has since been settled.) Gretsch Guitars product manager Joe Carducci says master luthier Stephen Stern re-created the guitar precisely, replicating the nicks and dings of a half-century's use, even using a CAT scan to determine the semi-hollow guitar's body-chambering style. The CAT scan also resolved a question about a flaw on the neck that resembles a crack. "The doctor zeroed in on it, like you would a human bone, and said if it was cracked we would see it; there was no fracture at all," Carducci says. "So that line, that finish flaw, is included in the reproduced guitar." http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2011-01-10-harrisonguitar10_ST_N.htm

Voldar: The big picture: George Harrison and Pattie Boyd's honeymoon, Barbados, 1966 Photographs can arrest waves before they crash on the shore: they have the power to extract moments from the flow of time. Hence the attraction of happy snaps such as this one, which presents a honeymoon as the prolongation of playful childhood, not the start of adult life. It is a reminder of how infectiously boyish the Beatles were, before their protests against the Vietnam war and their blissed-out flirtation with eastern religion. They made a film, after all, in which they did nothing but run, jump, stand still and generally enjoy themselves. Pattie Boyd, a rock chick who later married Eric Clapton and was also fruitlessly wooed by Mick Jagger, seems to have been a playmate as much as a lover. She wanted a career as a model, and had the starved physique that was fashionable in the 60s, but she was tripped up by her rabbity front teeth, here seen poking through her lips. George asked her to marry him the moment they met; when she demurred he asked her out to dinner instead. On this beach in Barbados, they are not exactly trying out the copulatory callisthenics of the Kama Sutra. She bestraddles George's back like a papoose, and reads the contours of his face with her fingers as if she were a baby deciphering the world for the first time. He clearly relishes her touch, which is why he closes his eyes to isolate the sensation, but the entanglement of their limbs is unerotic, and he is rendered harmless by the woolly sweater that demurely covers his crotch. Together they make up a weirdly polymorphous sea creature, with as many tentacles as an octopus. The scene is happy because innocent, though maybe the surfy waves blab a more confidential story about the pair. Botticelli's newborn Venus floats on just such a bed of foam, which according to Greek myth was a spermatic froth left behind by the butchered testicles of a god. George lifts Pattie out of the wet mire, but his knees are mucky; they are honeymooning beside an ocean because that is the fertile source of life itself. There is a postscript. Another photograph of a married Beatle, taken in a colder climate during a more troubled decade, marks the end of the group's history: it is Annie Leibovitz's portrait of a naked John Lennon foetally curled around a fully clothed Yoko Ono, who unlike the adoring Pattie, physically inseparable from George lies back impassively on a bed and permits herself to be embraced. Hours after the session in their New York apartment in December 1980, Lennon was murdered on the street outside. Photography's preserved moments are precious because they are what remains when a marriage, or a life, is over. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2011/jan/09/george-harrison-pattie-boyd-barbados

Voldar: . Beatles notch 5 million iTunes sales; George Harrison song top Fabs download Apple Computer announced Friday that sales of the Beatles sold over 5 million songs and 1 million albums on iTunes since their debut in November. The Loop first revealed the numbers. The Beatles sold 450,000 albums and 2 million songs in mid-November the week of their debut on the service, and not surprisingly, the pace has slowed a little. In terms of top sellers, the most popular album has juggled back and forth a little since the first week. The current top-selling Beatles album is "The Beatles 1962-1966," followed by "Abbey Road", "The Beatles (White Album)," "The Beatles 1967-1970" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. "Abbey Road" has been in and out of that top spot. The top selling song, though, has remained fairly consistent. It's not a Lennon-McCartney song as one might expect, but George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun." The current top five selling songs when we checked Saturday were "Here Comes the Sun," "Let It Be," "Come Together," "Hey Jude" and "Yesterday." http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/beatles-notch-5-million-itunes-george-harrison-song-top-fabs-download

Voldar: Harrison's sibling believes in Beatles Guitarist's elder sister to curate tribute Louise Harrison remembers the fall 1964 Beatles month-long tour of America, first-hand. "After a while, getting rushed from plane to limo to hotel in a mad turmoil, you have no idea what part of the planet you are on," laughed the eldest sister of Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison. The 80-year-old Louise Harrison, who has lived in America since 1963, helped promote the Beatles back in the early to mid '60s, and will be in Wichita Falls Tuesday promoting her Beatles tribute band, Liverpool Legends, on Channel 3 and Cumulus radio. Louise presently lives in Branson and is in the middle of writing a book about her life, The Beatles and her brother George, who passed away in 2001. She recently finished writing about a Beatles show in Boston in 1964, when she walked on stage and a number of fans approached her. "Some were crying, tears falling down their faces. Being the motherly kind, I asked, 'What's the matter, what is wrong?' and they said they were never going to get to see them again," she said. The teary-eyed fans just wanted to touch the stage where the guys had stood, she said. "It was at that point that I realized that there was a much deeper significance to The Beatles than people just appreciating a particular genre of music." Louise was 11 years older than George and was "like his other little mum" while they were growing up in Liverpool. But by the time he'd picked up his first guitar, she had already married a Scottish mining engineer and began a trek that took her to South America, Canada and then the U.S. She and her husband moved from Canada to Illinois in March 1963. During a break from a Beatles tour in Europe in 1963, George came to visit her in September in Illinois for several weeks. By that time, Louise has already begun promoting her brother's band at the request of their mother. Louise had learned the American entertainment business and began busily contacting radio stations to get the band's music played. That was in advance of the group's wildly successful Feb 9, 1964, debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Louise also was in touch with Beatles manager Brian Epstein "trying to fill him in about surviving in the U.S.," she laughed. One of the more misunderstood things about George's reputation, she explained, is him being known as the quiet Beatle. "George being quiet is a myth," she said. "When he came to do the Ed Sullivan Show, he had just come in from Paris and he had a 104-degree temp and terribly bad strep throat." The hotel doctor wanted Harrison to go to the hospital, and "and at that point, Brian Epstein just about had a conniption and said you can't let the press know there's anything wrong. "Since I was there and I was his sister I was pressed into service. Florence Nightingale I am not," she said. During the Beatles U.S. tours in 1964 and 1965, Louise did "Daily Beatles Reports" on major radio stations, and on stations in the cities a day or so before the band would arrive to play there. "I had the opportunity to dispel some of the crazy stories that were being written about The Beatles," she said. "The stations also realized that if they brought me in and did a radio program where fans called in and chatted with me the day before the concert, it kind of got them heavy ratings," she laughed. Years later, Louise is still enjoying being on the road to talk once again about George and The Beatles and also now about Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends. One of the things she's really enjoyed about being around the Liverpool Legends since 2006 is they've allowed her to appreciate the music of The Beatles even more. "Even though I went to a lot of The Beatles' concerts, no one heard anything (back then) anyway," she laughed. http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2011/jan/18/harrisons-sibling-believesinbeatles/

SLQ: Meditation Lessons from George Harrison to You Meditation isn't something that has to happen while you're alone on a cushion in a perfectly silent room during your daily alloted 20 minutes. There are many meditation practices that can be integrated into your daily life. This not only has the effect of deepening the peace in your life, but it also extends the benefits of meditation to the world you interact with. How I came to find myself in Fiji in a small guest house built into a living baka banyon tree overlooking the reef on a coconut plantation owned by security expert Gavin de Becker and frequented by international celebrities, and how I eventually managed to drag myself away from this tropical paradise, is another story completely. But while I was there, I happened to meet George Harrison, a notable artist in his own right, and also one of the Beatles. George reminded me a lot of my late Uncle Peter, a sparring partner to boxing greats who passed through Denver. Though a fighter by occupation, Peter was the sweetest, gentlest soul I'd ever encountered. He was of Eastern European ancestry but grew up in a Hispanic area in the city and spoke kindly with a slight inner-city Spanish accent. An artist at heart, he boxed to support his fine art painting habit (oils, watercolors), and every year at Christmas he delivered a new box of crayons for me under the tree. Just that year, Peter's life, after many years of treatment, had succumbed to throat cancer, and coincidentally, George was just recovering from a surgery to treat his own throat cancer. Besides their cancer, the two shared a similar glimmer in the eye, a silly mischief barely hidden behind a straight face. They were onto some joke of the universe, the punchline of which, age appropriately, I still didn't get. Perhaps it was the similarity between George and Uncle Peter that helped us become fast friends. Or perhaps it was just the quiet charisma of George and the openness of the place we found ourselves in. George was the first meditator I'd met. I'd heard about meditation in books, but I had no idea what the word really meant. George asked me if I meditated, and I told him no, bashfully explaining that one day I planned on trying it. He told me it was simple, and he showed me his little hi-tech video camera. It was 1997, and digital effects on video cameras were really cutting edge at the time. Meditation can simply be a conscious shift of attention, George explained. George was practicing a meditation with no beginning and no end, consciously shifting his attention to beauty. What you give your attention to becomes the content of your mind and therefore influences your perception and experience of life. Whenever he noticed something beautiful, he gave it his attention. Instead of just a glimpse, he gazed. He used his camera to help him. Sitting on the sunny deck overlooking the reef, he showed me some of his footage: it began at his home in Hawaii, and the image was of two ukuleles he was in the process of re-upholstering in zebra print. One was for himself, and one was for Dhani, his son. Then the image cross-faded to a flower, a sunset, then a rainbow, a cloud drifting in a blue sky, a double rainbow, the sunrise, waves on a white sandy beach, the moon. His recording went on like that with images of beauty. I was surprised to find that I had difficulty giving my full attention to his montage of beauty. Thoughts of my problems and challenges tried to distract my attention away from this experience. It took effort and strength of will to remain focused on beauty. George explained to me, "What you focus on is what you hold in your consciousness. And so that is what you feel, and that is what you are." What you focus on grows in your experience, so you'll draw more of it to you. Certainly, I noticed that George was surrounded by beauty, including his wife, family and friends. And it wasn't that he denied the harshness of the world, either. On the contrary, he had several charities in place (which still exist as the Material World Charitable Foundation) making great efforts to help those in need. He carried with him proof pudding of his beautiful practice. Before this encounter, I'd not realized that I had control over what I felt or thought. I was completely reactionary to the world, a victim of my happy or sad circumstance. But this lesson helped me realize the power I have over my own state of being, and that I can be responsible for how I feel. Change the focus of your attention, change your world. It was such a simple lesson, but profound enough that it never left me. And what kind of person would I be if I kept it to myself forever? So I'm sharing it with you. You can try shifting the focus of your attention at any time, no matter where you are. Choose your theme: look for truth, beauty, abundance or love in the world you perceive, and then notice the change in your inner state as you move through life. You can even keep a video diary, like George did. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/olivia-rosewood/george-harrison-meditation_b_797406.html

Voldar: Embark on the Musical, Mystical Journey of George Harrison To celebrate the music and spiritualism of pop superstar George Harrison, Godfrey Townsend and other musicians from The Alan Parsons Project will join an ensemble of Indian Kirtan musicians to perform Here Comes the Sun The Musical, Mystical Journey of George Harrison. This concert will take place at Hofstra Universitys John Cranford Adams Playhouse, South Campus, on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8 p.m. Here Comes the Sun uses music from The Beatles era, Indian Kirtan music and meditative chanting and power point technology to delve into Harrisons spiritualism and humanitarian interests. The performance offers a fascinating look into the life and legacy of the music legend turned mystic, who passed away from cancer in November 2001. Here Comes the Sun has toured the country to sell-out crowds. Hofstras Hinduism instructor, Joshua M. Greene, will officiate the concert. Greene studied yoga with Harrison in the early 1970s. The concert is based on Greenes bestselling biography Here Comes the Sun, and his narration through the show reveals Harrisons trials and triumphs and his excursion into meditation and yoga. In addition to his duties at Hofstra, Greene teaches philosophy at Jivamukti Yoga School and Integral Yoga in Manhattan. Leading The Alan Parsons Project band is popular singer-guitarist Godfrey Townsend, who has performed with such rock greats as Jack Bruce from Cream and John Entwistle from The Who. The band also features Long Island musicians Tommy Williams and John Montagna on guitar, and Mike Bellusci on drums. http://media-newswire.com/release_1140072.html

Voldar: , 25 , . George Harrison legacy to be celebrated in Hollywood on his birthday George Harrison will be remembered at the annual "George Harrison Public Birthday Celebration" from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at 1750 N. Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. Admission is free. Fans are invited to bring birthday cupcakes to share and flowers and candles to place at his star. Musicians are also encouraged to bring guitars and instruments and perform Harrison and Beatles tunes. http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/george-harrison-legacy-to-be-celebrated-hollywood-on-his-birthday

Voldar: Remembering George Harrison -- lousy movie with great Harrison music A movie with Madonna and Sean Penn in 1986 should have been gold. But thanks to the two temperments of the stars and a terrible script, "Shanghai Surprise" became a public relations disaster for George Harrison's HandMade Films. But there was one good thing -- George contributed music that included a wonderful theme song. A proposed soundtrack album was never issued. Still, there's this great theme. Here's a video of George recording the song. http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/remember-george-harrison-the-all-star-jam-of-all-time

Voldar: Remembering George Harrison -- the 'Smothers Brothers' surprise George Harrison makes a surprise appearance on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Originally broadcast on November 17, 1968. http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/remembering-george-harrison-the-smothers-brothers-surprise

Voldar: Remembering George Harrison - 'Ain't She Sweet' Actually, this is the Threetles during the "Beatles Anthology" taping in June, 1994 with "Ain't She Sweet." John Lennon sang the song in earlier times, but here's it's Paul, George (on his ukelele) and Ringo. The Beatles were always full of love and even here, in 1994, it was still there. Ain't it sweet? Paul and George perform Milton Ager and Jack Yellen 1927 song Ain't she sweet. George plays ukulele. From Beatles Anthology DVD. "Ain't She Sweet" is a song composed by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen in 1927. It became popular in the first half of the twentieth century, one of the smash hit songs that typified the Roaring Twenties. Like "Happy Days Are Here Again" (1929), it became a Tin Pan Alley standard. Both Ager and Yellen were elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lyrics "Oh ain't she sweet, well see her walking down that street. Yes I ask you very confidentially: ain't she sweet? Oh ain't she nice, well look her over once or twice. Yes I ask you very confidentially: ain't she nice? Just cast an eye in her direction. Oh me oh my, ain't that perfection? Oh I repeat, well don't you think that's kind of neat? Yes I ask you very confidentially: ain't she sweet?". Milton Ager wrote "Ain't She Sweet" for his daughter Shana Ager, who later grew up and became Shana Alexander, who was on television and on radio as a political commentator. http://www.examiner.com/beatles-in-national/remembering-george-harrison-ain-t-she-sweet

Voldar: Tribute to George Harrison Concert Partners with the Caring Community Foundation Triangle - CARY, NC More than 40 local musicians will Come Together on Saturday, February 26 at the Cats Cradle in Carrboro to perform If Not For You A 40th Anniversary Celebration of George Harrisons All Things Must Pass album. The event organizers have selected the Caring Community Foundation as the beneficiary of all proceeds. The Caring Community Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides financial support to cancer patients in need. Working with Triangle-area clinics and hospitals, the Foundation identifies patients with financial challenges and expeditiously provides assistance with expenses such as rent, utilities, food, prescription medications, nutritional supplements and other items that become even more difficult to manage in the face of cancer treatment. The Caring Community Foundation was created by a cancer survivor from Cary, whose family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors came together to support her during nine months of intensive cancer treatment. The Foundation was generated with the idea that those who receive help have an opportunity one day to Pay It Forward and help others. The very people who helped this young Cary mother get beyond cancer now form the volunteer base of The Caring Community Foundation. The George Harrison All Things Must Pass Concert is one of many fun-filled events that take place throughout the year to raise funds to help cancer patients. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and all donations by individuals go directly to the Foundations patient assistance programs. For more information on the Caring Community Foundation, visit www.caringcommunityfoundation.org. Make plans now to attend this outstanding musical performance. Tickets are $10.00 in advance; doors open at 8:00 pm. Visit www.catscradle.com to purchase tickets; visit www.ifnotforyou.org for more information on this concert event. http://triangle.dbusinessnews.com/shownews.php?articletitle=Tribute%20to%20George%20Harrison%20Concert%20Partners%20with%20the%20Caring%20Community%20Foundation&newsid=228374&type_news=past&s=sbdb

Voldar: The Top Ten Beatles Songs of All Time Rolling Stone : #6: "Something" #10: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/the-top-ten-beatles-songs-of-all-time-20100822/10-while-my-guitar-gently-weeps-35576434

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