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Goldenday: Материалы, новости и факты о Джордже Харрисоне

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Goldenday: Да, я прочёл изначально про интервью, но думал, что в бонусе речь идёт ещё о полноценной песне

Voldar: Здесь обломали.Наверно надо по новой концерт отыграть.

Борис: Что за обломы пошли? Юбилейный концерт Горбачева вроде тоже не состоялся?

Voldar: Облом с бонусом заключается в том,что будет добавлено просто интервью с барабанщиками Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner and Ray Cooper,а хотелось бы конечно какую-нибудь музыку послушать.С юбилеем Горби обломали по полной,а сколько шума было.

Voldar: Bob Dylan recording, and cover, included on Starbucks '40th Anniversary' 2CD set A Bob Dylan master recording, and a well-known cover version of one of his songs, are two of the 40 tracks included on a new 2 CD compilation. Dylan's "Visions Of Johanna", as well as fellow Wilbury George Harrison's cover of the 1970 tune "If Not For You", are featured on Starbucks 40 - A 40th Anniversary Collection by Starbucks Entertainment. The collection - "Forty of our favorite selections that capture the essence of the coffeehouse sound" - is available from the Starbucks Store website. Dylan has previously sanctioned two exclusive releases via Starbucks. A truncated, 10 track version of Bob Dylan: Live at the Gaslight 1962 was released in 2005, and Artist's Choice - The Music That Matters To Him', a hand-picked collection of mostly early blues, country, jazz and R&B sides, saw the light of day a few years later. Here's the complete track listing of the new compilation (Note the first three artists on disc two): Disc One 1. Satin Doll - Duke Ellington 2. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) - Billie Holiday 3. Just You, Just Me - Nat King Cole 4. In the Still of the Night - Ella Fitzgerald 5. A Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong 6. Fever - Pegge Lee 7. Busted - Ray Charles 8. Bring It On Home to Me - Sam Cooke 9. Bumpin' on Sunset - Wes Montgomery 10. Memories Are Made of This - Dean Martin 11. Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra (Featured on the very first episode of Theme Time Radio Hour). 12. Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan 13. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin 14. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye 15. Peace Like a River - Paul Simon 16. Lively Up Yourself - Bob Marley and The Wailers 17. Constant Craving - K.D. Lang 18. Beyond Belief - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 19. Building a Mystery - Sarah McLachlan 20. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3 featuring Rahsaan and Gerard Presencer Disc 2 1. Woman - John Lennon 2. Every Night - Paul McCartney 3. If Not for You - George Harrison 4. Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club 5. New Slang - The Shins 6. Lonestar - Norah Jones 7. How to Fight Loneliness - Wilco 8. Gotta Get Back - Shelby Lynne 9. 9 Crimes - Damien Rice 10. Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux 11. Lost Cause - Beck 12. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae 13. Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 14. I Feel It All - Feist 15. Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes 16. Don't Forget Me - Neko Case 17. History of Lovers - Calexico and Iron & Wine 18. The Clockwise Witness - DeVotchKa 19. For Emma - Bon Iver 20. Doesn't Mean Anything - Alicia Keys http://www.examiner.com/bob-dylan-in-national/bob-dylan-recording-and-cover-included-on-starbucks-40th-anniversary-cds

Voldar: Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison, brings photo exhibit to Catalina Island Pattie Boyd, the British model and photographer who was the focus of several love songs written by her rock star husbands, is bringing her famous photographs to Catalina Island this spring. Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton as Photographed by Pattie Boyd will open on May 7 and run through July 31 at the Catalina Island Museum. This special exhibition organized by Ms. Boyd features over 50 photographs of The Beatles as well as ex-husbands, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Pattie Boyd met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964 and they were married in 1966. After her separation from Harrison in 1974, she married Eric Clapton. Pattie was the inspiration for the songs "Something", "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight". Santa Catalina Island is a small island off the coast of California about 25 miles southwest from Los Angeles. The Catalina Island Museum, located at Avalon's Casino, has just finished a renovation. The museum reopened in February. Pattie Boyd will appear at the museum on July 2 from 7 to 9 pm to sign copies of her best-selling memoir, Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me, published in 2008. The book signing is free for musem members and $10 for non-members. http://www.examiner.com/pop-culture-in-anaheim/pattie-boyd-ex-wife-of-george-harrison-brings-photo-exhibit-to-catalina-island

Voldar: George Harrison - Any Road "Any Road" is just one of the standout tracks from the acclaimed George Harrison Brainwashed album. The new video of the song (exclusive to PBS through Fast Focus) includes previously unreleased footage that lovingly celebrates George's life. His humor and spirit are captured in the studio, in concert, casual shots and animated footage. "Any Road" is the first George Harrison music video since "This is Love" from Cloud Nine in 1988. Written by George Harrison, "Any Road" is produced by George's son, Dhani and ELO's Jeff Lynne. The video features George on slide and acoustic guitars and banjulele; Jeff Lynne on bass, piano and backing vocals; Dhani Harrison on electric guitar and backing vocals; and Jim Keltner on drums. Rolling Stone has embraced George's final work saying, "... Brainwashed is a Warm Frank goodbye. Fear and acceptance run together in these songs, anger as well as serenity. Most importantly, there are lots of guitars. Harrison died before he could finish the music. But his co-producers - his son Dhani and ELO's Jeff Lynne have completed the album with impressive sensitivity, to the point that Harrison feels immensely present...It is a fine, enchanting epitaph."

Voldar: Revealed: The 'love' note that showed George Harrison had finally forgiven Patti Boyd after she left him for Eric Clapton Beauty and style: Patti Boyd in the 1960s It was the one of the most extraordinary love triangles in British music history, almost destroying the friendship of two music legends. Now Patti Boyd has revealed that despite the heartbreak she caused George Harrison by leaving him for close friend Eric Clapton – he sent them a note to let them know all was forgiven. One of the original 1960s ‘It Girls’, she was photographed by David Bailey and Terence Donovan and was a regular cover girl for Vogue. Her beauty and style caught the attention of Harrison – who she wed in 1966 aged just 21 – and prompted him to pen love song Something for her. But Clapton also fell for her charms famously writing Layla – a song about unrequited love – about Miss Boyd when she was still married to his friend. Miss Boyd said she felt ‘neglected’ by Harrison when she left him after eight years of marriage but also tremendous guilt for walking out. Now 67, she has revealed that she recently rediscovered a message sent to her by the Beatle to clear the air. Harrison wrote the note while he was on tour in 1976 – some two years after their relationship broke down. It said: ‘E+P God Bless Us All, love from G.’ Miss Boyd told the Sunday Times Magazine: ‘George’s note was like a forgiveness. It meant a lot to me. I didn’t feel great about leaving him and it showed me he was happy.’ ‘It was as if the hurt had finally been accepted and healed.’ Glamour couple: Patti and George Harrison on their wedding day in 1966 Clapton went on to write classics Wonderful Tonight and Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? for Miss Boyd and hailed her as his muse. The couple split after ten years and she now claims that Harrison was her soul mate. She told the magazine: ‘I felt we would always love each other for the rest of our lives. I didn’t see anything final in us splitting up. Forgiven: Patti Boyd and Eric Clapton together at the funeral of Who drummer Keith Moon in 1978 Soulmates: George Harrison and Patti Boyd married when she was only 21 but split after eight years together He always said, if I changed my mind, I could go back’. Miss Boyd admitted she did think about returning to Harrison during her marriage to Clapton, who was an alcoholic, but claimed the singer was too possessive. Miss Boyd, who is now single and lives in West Sussex, said she would consider marrying again. She explained: ‘If a real man, a caring man appeared, I may think twice. There are few around. The nicest are married.’ Miss Boyd has published the note with a reissue of her memoir Wonderful Tonight. The inspiration for Layla: A handwritten note by Eric Clapton to Patti Boyd asking her if she has feelings for him - while she was still married to George Harrison http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1370462/Love-note-shows-George-Harrison-forgave-Patti-Boyd-left-Eric-Clapton.html

Voldar: Abrams to Publish George Harrison Book Abrams has bought the U.S. rights to George Harrison’s widow, Olivia Harrison’s book about her late husband. Living in the Material World: George Harrison, named for Harrison’s solo album of 1973, will be out this fall, in time for the release of Martin Scorsese’s documentary of the same name. Abrams editor-in-chief Eric Himmel negotiated the deal with Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency. The book will be edited by Mark Holborn, with a foreword by Scorsese and an introduction by Paul Theroux. It will draw on Harrison’s personal archive of never-before-seen photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia. The book is among the titles Wylie is highlighting this week in London. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/industry-deals/article/46833-abrams-to-publish-george-harrison-book.html

Voldar: Ещё про книжку. George Harrison title for Abrams Abrams is to publish the life of Beatles guitarist George Harrison with never-seen-before pictures. The publisher acquired world rights for the book, entitled Living in the Material World: George Harrison, from his widow Olivia Harrison. Scheduled to be published this autumn to coincide with the release of Martin Scorsese's documentary of the same name, the deal was negotiated by Abrams' editor-in-chief, Eric Himmel, and Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency. Living in the Material World will be created by Olivia Harrison and edited by Mark Holborn, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese and an introduction by Paul Theroux. The title draws on Harrison's personal archive of never-before-seen photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia to reveal the full arc of his life, including his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, the Beatles years—illustrated with George's own photographs—and his days as a solo musician and bohemian country squire. It also chronicles his lifelong commitment to Indian music and his adventures as a movie producer and member of the Traveling Wilburys. Abrams president and c.e.o, Michael Jacobs, said: "This is a publishing event that George's fans all over the world have been waiting for. "He was a touchstone for a generation, and we are thrilled to have been selected by Olivia Harrison to help bring this amazing and beautiful book about George's life to the public." http://www.thebookseller.com/news/george-harrison-title-abrams.html

Voldar: George Harrison amplifier set to go on show at Beatles Story in Liverpool BEATLES experts are appealing for help in verifying the authenticity of an amplifier apparently used on the iconic Revolver album. The 1966 Vox UL730 amp is set to go on display at the Beatles Story, after its owner, Chris Hyam, found George Harrison’s name etched into the chassis. Jerry Goldman, managing director at The Beatles Story, said: “If it really is the amplifier used to record Revolver, then it is a major find. If anyone can prove its authenticity, we would be delighted.” http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2011/04/15/george-harrison-amplifier-set-to-go-on-show-at-beatles-story-in-liverpool-92534-28524621/

Voldar: Дневники Джорджа Харрисона опубликуют Фрагменты дневников Джорджа Харрисона войдут в книгу "Жизнь в материальном мире: Джордж Харрисон" (Living in the Material World: George Harrison), которая поступит в продажу осенью 2011 года. Об этом сообщается на сайте Contactmusic. Дневники, а также письма и редкие фотографии составителям издания предоставила вдова музыканта Оливия Харрисон. Выпуск книги будет приурочен к выходу на экраны одноименного документального биографического фильма. Режиссером картины является Мартин Скорсезе. Он же написал предисловие к книге. О том, что съемки посвященного Харрисону фильма завершены, Скорсезе объявил еще в мае 2010 года. На работу над фильмом у режиссера ушло около трех лет. Причем параллельно Скорсезе снимал "Остров проклятых" с Леонардо ди Каприо. Оливия Харрисон предоставила режиссеру редкие видеоматериалы из собственных архивов. До Мартина Скорсезе к вдове музыканта уже обращались с предложениями снять фильм о Джордже Харрисоне, однако ранее она отвечала отказом. http://www.lenta.ru/news/2011/04/25/diaries/

Voldar: Concert For George Gets Cinematic Release In Australia The iconic Concert for George is going to see a cinematic release this weekend across Australia. The show took place on November 29, 2002 - one year to the day after the death of the “quiet” Beatle, George Harrison and features music written by and/or loved by George performed by his close friends including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Jools Holland, Jim Keltner, Gary Brooker (Procol Harem), Joe Brown, Jeff Lynne (ELO), Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Ravi Shankar’s Orchestra and more. Upon it’s release, there was a film featuring backstage and rehearsal footage of the show on one disc and the full concert on the other. This cinematic release will be the film. May 1 http://www.undercover.fm/news/14535-concert-for-george-harrison-gets-cinematic-release-in-australia

Goldenday: Оказывается, на "торрентс.ру" уже месяц как блюрей "Концерт для Джорджа" выложен. Размер почти по максимуму: 44 гига. Правда, народ не совсем доволен качеством картинки. Но всё равно это круто, а недавно и BDrip появился. Жаль, что наши издатели не сподобились выпустить лицензию с русскими титрами. Некоторое время назад фирма "Никитин" выпустила лицензионный двухдисковый DVD9, абсолютно ничего не добавив к оригинальному изданию. Их лишь один вопрос волнует, как народ на деньги раскрутить.

Voldar: На счёт картинки,похоже какая то хрень,о этом писал ещё наш коллега Джерри,который приобрел издание на BD одним из первых.

Voldar: George Harrison, Dedicated Dallas Fan We're currently reading the second volume of the voluminous diaries of Monty Python's Michael Palin, a good potato chip read that, in this case, covers the 1980s. Among the things we learned: former Beatle George Harrison, he of the mystical interests of the East, he who produced independent films that were rarely standard Hollywood fare, was a diehard, stone-cold fan of the Dallas TV series. Texas represent!! At least the caricature version of Texas. Harrison apparently loved the show so much he'd get annoyed if you happened to call when it was on, Palin reports. An entry for January 8, 1982, about Palin phoning Harrison to discuss one of the several film projects they had going: Call George in Henley at nine o'clock. After a few rather terse exchanges he says "You're obviously not a Dallas fan, then" and I realise I've interrupted a favorite viewing. http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2011/05/george_harrison_dallas.php

Voldar: Warszawa będzie mieć aleję Georga Harrisona Już wkrótce jedna z warszawskich ulic zostanie nazwana aleją Georga Harrisona, drugiego po Lennonie Beatelsa, którego pamięć mieszkańcy stolicy postanowili uczcić w ten sposób. A otworzy ją Ringo Starr, perkusista legendarnej czwórki z Liverpoolu. 15 czerwca Ringo weźmie udział w nadaniu ulicy imienia swojego zmarłego kolegi, a wieczorem zagra swój pierwszy koncert w Sali Kongresowej i wykona utwory z dorobku grupy wszechczasów. George Harrison, który jeszcze za czasów Beatlesów, wydał dwie płyty solowe, po rozpadzie zespołu kontynuował karierę muzyczną. Wielkim przebojem był "My Sweet Lord" z jego pierwszego trzypłytowego solowego albumu "Things Must Pass" z 1970 r. Również "All Those Years Ago" (z płyty "Somewhere in England" z 1981) poświęcony pamięci zastrzelonego Johna Lennona, nagrany wspólnie z pozostałymi dwoma Beatlesami, dotarł do 2. miejsca w USA. Trzecim jego solowym hitem, który dotarł nna szczyt listy Billboardu, był utór "Got My Mind Set On You" z albumu "Cloud Nine" z 1987 r. Rok później Harrison założył supergrupę Traveling Wilburys z Bobem Dylanem, Royem Orbisonem, Tomem Pettym i Jeff Lynne, z którą nagrał dwie płyty, cieszące się dużym powodzeniem (pierwsza z nich otrzymała nagrodę Grammy). Ringo Starr, najbardziej znany jako perkusista The Beatles, po rozpadzie grupy w 1970 r., zajął się karierą aktorską i muzyczną; wydał kilkanaście albumów. Największym sukcesem był album "Ringo" wydany w 1973 r., a największymi hitami singlowymi piosenki "Photograph" i "You're Sixteen", które dotarły do pierwszych miejsc na amerykańskich listach przebojów. Jako muzyk sesyjny Ringo wziął udział w nagraniach płyt swoich dawnych kolegów z zespołu - George'a Harrisona (All Things Must Pass, Somewhere in England), Johna Lennona (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) i Paula McCartneya (Tug Of War i Flaming Pie). Obecnie występuje ze swoją supergrupą All-Starr Band (Rod Argent, Hamish Stuart, Richard Marx, Billy Squier, Sheila E., Edgar Winter). http://www.wprost.pl/kultura/muzyka/wiadomosci/?tp=wiadomosci&id=11216 гуглеперевод Варшава будет иметь проспект Джорджа Харрисона Вскоре одна из улиц Варшавы будет назван в честь Джорджа Харрисона авеню, уступая только Beatels Леннона, которого память жителей столицы решили праздновать в этот путь. И это открывает Ринго Старр, барабанщик легендарной квартет из Ливерпуля. 15 июня Ринго будет принимать участие в предоставлении улице имя своего покойного друга, вечер будет играть свой первый концерт в Конгресс-холл и будет исполнять песни из достижений всех групп. Джордж Харрисон, который время "Битлз", выпустил два сольных альбома после распада группы он продолжил свою музыкальную карьеру. Большой удар был "My Sweet Lord" от первого trzypłytowego сольный альбом "Things Must Pass", 1970 Кроме того, "All Those Years Ago" (от "Где-то в Англии" в 1981), посвященная памяти Джона Леннона был снят, записанный совместно с Два других "Битлз", дошел до второго место в США. Треть его сольный хит, который достиг верхней части ННА Billboard Charts был UTOR "Got My Mind Set On You" с альбома "Cloud Nine" с 1987 года, год спустя основал Харрисон супергруппы Traveling Wilburys с Бобом Диланом, Рой Орбисон, Том и Джефф Pettym Линн, с которыми он записал два альбома, пользующиеся большим успехом (первый из которых получил премию "Грэмми".) Ринго Старр, наиболее известный как ударник "Битлз" после этого группа распалась в 1970 году, продолжал продолжать действовать и музыки, выпустил несколько альбомов. Самый большой успех был альбом "Ринго", выпущенный в 1973 году, Greatest Hits singlowymi песню "Фотография" и "тебе шестнадцать лет", которая достигла первого места в чартах США. В качестве сессионного музыканта Ринго принял участие в записи компакт-дисков из его бывших товарищей группы - Джордж Харрисон (All Things Must Pass, где-то в Англии), Джон Леннон (John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band) и Пол Маккартни (Tug Of War и Flaming Pie .) В настоящее время там со своей супергруппы All-Starr Band (Rod Argent, Хэмиш Стюарт, Ричард Маркс, Billy Squier, Sheila E., Edgar Winter).

Voldar: На 40-летие движения сознания Кришны в России приедет близкий друг Джорджа Харрисона Неделя торжественных и духовно-культурных мероприятий в Москве, которая пройдет в столице с 12 по 19 июня, станет кульминацией празднования 40-летия Общества сознания Кришны в России. Эта дата связана с приездом в СССР ровно 40 лет назад индийского религиозного деятеля и просветителя А.Ч. Бхактиведанты Свами Прабхупады (1896-1977). Индийскому проповеднику это удалось, несмотря на железный занавес и пристальное внимание тогдашних спецслужб ко всем иностранцам. Их противодействие контактам становилось тем более активным, когда речь шла об инакомыслии, а любая религия на всем протяжении советского века отечественной истории была антиподом официальной идеологии и, мягко говоря, не приветствовалась, отмечается в информациипресс-службы Центра обществ сознания Кришны в России. В фестивале примут участие первые советские вайшнавы (традиционное название кришнаитов). Среди почетных гостей праздничной недели - Шьямасундара дас (Сэм Спирстра), который сопровождал Прабхупаду в его поездке в столицу СССР. Сэм был близким другом Джорджа Харрисона - гитариста "Битлз" и находился рядом с ним по просьбе музыканта в последние мгновения его жизни в ноябре 2001 года. На праздник приедут несколько сот гостей из самых разных регионов России, а также из других стран. По замыслу устроителей, фестиваль 40-летия должен стать точкой встречи вайшнавов разных поколений, попыткой заново взглянуть на роль, задачи, цели и перспективы вайшнавского духовного движения в России и вообще в мире. В ходе фестиваля состоятся встречи, беседы и интервью с пионерами вайшнавского движения, что, безусловно, будет интересно как для тех, кто изучает историю движения, так и для тех, кто недавно знаком с ним. В ходе фестиваля пройдет церемония посвящения в санньяси (высший, монашеский духовный сан в индуизме) сразу двух россиян. Таким образом, число российских санньяси увеличится до четырех. http://www.beatles.ru/news/news.asp?news_id=7101

Voldar: George Harrison’s Widow Says Doc By Martin Scorsese On Beatles Guitarist Will Premiere This Year It’s been a long time coming since it was first announced way back in 2007 but it now looks like Martin Scorsese‘s documentary on famed Beatles guitarist George Harrison is set to premiere later this year—or so says Harrison’s widow, Olivia. “I assume we’re going to announce it sometime soon, the actual [premiere] date, but it will be this year,” Harrison revealed at the 5th anniversary of the Beatles-inspired Cirque du Soleil show “Love” [via LAT]. “I just came from New York and Monday I’m going to see it again. We’re real excited about it. Marty is such a great storyteller, and of course he always finds the story that you don’t expect.” Much of the story will presumably stem from Scorsese’s access to the Harrison estate which opened up its archives to the filmmaker and his crew, with Olivia Harrison having reportedly “spent countless hours poring through her husband’s notes, cassette tapes and photos.” Interviews with musical figures such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Eric Idle, Tom Petty, Yoko Ono and Phil Spector are all expected to be included. “George Harrison’s music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today and I’m looking forward to delving deeper,” Scorsese proclaimed at the announcement of the project, which’ll span from the guitarist’s time with the Beatles to his death in 2001. The doc’s reported focus on Harrison’s spiritual side, meanwhile, was further affirmed by the unveiling of a title: “Living in the Material World: George Harrison.” This is also the title of Harrison’s 1973 album, a record which was noted for its philosophical and religious bent, and one that at the the time was considered a bit of disappointment following All Things Must Pass, though it has since risen in stature. But as usual, Scorsese never stops, and this is just one of a handful of projects he’s got going. The director is busy getting his next feature film, the 3D “Hugo Cabret” finished up and is also working with Kenneth Lonergan on an edit of his long-gestating “Margaret” that will hopefully see some kind of theatrical release by the end of the year. http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/2011/06/13/george_harrisons_widow_says_doco_by_martin_scorsese_will_premiere_this_year/

Voldar: Beatle Harrison Celebrated At Gretsch Guitar Tribute BAY RIDGE — When George Harrison sang “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with the Beatles, he very well may have been singing about a brand of guitar that was made in Brooklyn for many years. Harrison’s music was celebrated on Saturday at a Gretsch Day tribute by fans and the Gretsch Company at its flagship store here in Bay Ridge. “My first good guitar was the Duo Jet Gretsch,” he wrote in a foreword to Jay Scott’s 1992 book The Guitars of the Fred Gretsch Company about his 1960 purchase in Liverpool after seeing a newspaper ad. “It was my first real guitar, and I’ll tell you, it was secondhand, but I polished that thing. I was so proud to own that,” said Harrison about his 1957 Duo Jet Gretsch, as told in 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics. Harrison’s love affair with Gretsch saw him through his Hamburg and Cavern days, world tours and many Beatles recordings. The Harrison Gretsch Day Tribute at Street Sounds, the largest authorized Gretsch dealer in the nation, was organized by Rocky Schiano, owner of the store at 9206 Third Ave. He said, “We celebrate George Harrison and his love of the Gretsch guitars that powered his music.” Company owner Fred W. Gretsch and Gretsch product specialist Joe Carducci told stories about the company, founded in Brooklyn in 1883, and Harrison’s connections. Harrison died of cancer at age 58 in November 2001, and was outlived by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (as well as original Beatles drummer Pete Best, who was asked to leave the group in 1962). “In 1988 I was pleased to make the acquaintance of Fred Gretsch, who has worked hard at reintroducing some of the ‘classic’ guitars of the past,” wrote Harrison in Scott’s book. While saying that his Duo Jet remained his all-time favorite, he had other models such as a Synchronmatic from the 1950s, a 1957 Tennessean, a Country Gent and a Super Chief. Harrison Tribute in Gretsch Guitar Wonderland Street Sounds was like a Gretsch guitar wonderland with so many beautifully styled guitars hanging on walls. There were guitar-sized posters signed by an array of famous players, including Chet Atkins, Randy Bachman, Duane Eddy and Brian Setzer, among others. After a band played Harrison songs, Gretsch and Carducci told Gretsch guitar stories. Attendees wore “VIP special guests” tags of model Kim Falcon [“The Real Gretsch Girl”] around their necks. Scott’s book contains a photo of Harrison with a group of other famous Gretsch guitar players with this caption: “As if George Harrison’s 1960s contribution to the success of Gretsch guitars hadn’t been enough, he reasserted his tremendous influence on guitar-playing trends and tastes in the 1980s with the Traveling Willburys [an all-star group that made two albums].” The photo shows Harrison with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty, all members of the Willburys group. At the celebration, selected photos and memorabilia were posted on a large standup screen, with a receipt of a Harrison guitar purchase slip from Liverpool and other notable scenes paying tribute to Harrison. German immigrant and Brooklyn resident Frederick Gretsch founded the Gretsch Manufacturing Company in 1883 after working with drum and banjo manufacturer Albert Houdlett and Son. The first Gretsch plant was on Middleton Street in Brooklyn, and the company later moved to 104 South Fourth St. In 1916 son Fred Gretsch, Jr. opened the well-known Gretsch Manufacturing Company Factory and Warehouse at 60 Broadway near the Williamsburg Bridge. Gretsch was sold in 1967 to Baldwin Music Company. Since 1985 it has again been family owned under Fred W. Gretsch, the great-grandson of founder Frederick Gretsch. Fred W. Gretsch who was on hand at Street Sounds, as he has been on other occasions. Following the Harrison tribute at Street Sounds, he led a guided tour around the former manufacturing site in Williamsburg, now a condo development. http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=27&id=44197



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