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the mp3 way: All Things Must Pass - or must they?
By Jon Newton,
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I can't remember how I got to George Harrison's 'All things must pass" web page at But I live in a tiny village in Ontario, Canada, and we still have a steam-driven phone system. Here, slow is fast, if you see what I mean. And Harrison's page is definitely not something you head into lightly - unless you have a fast connection.

Anyhow, I have a small business which only functions for a few months during the Summer and Fall and I experience periods of mind-bending inactivity. During one of these, I headed over to Harrison's page. Neat site. And very Pythonesque, which isn't really surprising when you consider George Harrison backed Monty Python's Life of Brian, Time Bandits and Brazil.

When the Beatles split up, Harrison became involved with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Bob Dylan who became collectively known as The Travelling Willbury's. When the Fab Four went their different ways, he was also the first Beatle to release a solo album, called All Things Must Pass. And that was 30 years ago.

The ATMP site was produced, designed and developed "in conjunction with the Harrison family" and includes separate pages on:

George Harrison | All Things Must Pass | The Daily Bread | Cyril's Rare Guitar | Fun Stuff | Own The Album

George Harrison is, well, on George Harrison; All Things Must Pass is, well, on All Things Must Pass; The Daily Bread has tweeting birds and a picture of Father Christmas with little magnifying glasses which enlarge sections when you click over them; Cyril's Rare Guitar is actually Cyril's Rare Guitar Shop and amongst other things, has a large pic of an Epiphone which, when you run your mouse over it, plays a very nice riff (presumably Harrison); Fun Stuff lets you ask for screens, and so on, by email.

George Harrison also features an animation of a pair of lips with legs which say, in Harrison's voice, "And Now for Something Completely Different" on the mouse-over. When you click the pic, you're taken to the transcript of a chat Harrison did this year with Yahoomusic.

The online page is a line-by-line log, so I've joined the various bits together and made sentences. The results are below for your edification. heh Cheers! Jon

Harrison: Hello! It's nice to be here! It's my first time on a computer....I'm pretty illiterate :)

yahoomusic asks: what made you decide to re-issue ATMP now? Harrison: 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.

morvyon asks: George, are you planning a new studio album? Harrison: 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.

yahoomusic: Do you surf the internet much? what types of things do you do online. Harrison: No. i never surf. i don't know the password

willowy_blonde asks: Hi, my boyfriend wants to know, (he's a m whats your fave electric guitar and do you still have "Rocky" your '61 fender strat? Harrison: Hello willowy blonde! i still have Rocky! And he can be seen at Cyril's rare guitar shop on

timbarwick asks: Will you be releasing Living in the Material World in a remastered/extra tracks version? Harrison: Well, as i said before that will 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.

silbeat asks: 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. Sole, Mara, Silvi, Vale, Gilda, Ale, Sami and Graciela. Harrison: Hello Argentina! :) At the moment i have no plans for live performances. If i do later, i will certainly come to argentina

rbortega2001 asks: What did you think of Bob Dylan getting nominated for an Oscar? Harrison: I think he should win it! I think he should win ALL the oscars, all the tony's, all the GRAMMYs

pcpalmiere asks: How has The Rutles influenced your career? Harrison: i got all my ideas from the rutles! particularly te 12-string rickenbacker and slide guitar styles i got from Stig O'Hara. i met him once and he is a super chap.

oldmanalex asks: Hello from Russia, George! Russian fans invites you to play in Moscow! Can you tell, will the Traveling Wilburys reform? Is there any plans to record something with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne? Harrison: Thank you Russian fans! I'll be there after Argentina!

nattyrobbo asks: Hi George! I?m Natalie, an 18 y.o. girl from Australia, and I?m a HUGE fan. Any hints for a budding guitarist??? Harrison: yes. Buy a ukulele!

mike_n_tex asks: This is for George: George, do you ever see a reunion tour with you and Paul and Ringo? Harrison: But stranger things have happened.

flatcat65 asks: George, Which version of My Sweet Lord do you like best, your original or the new version? Harrison: I like the new version better. Because it's new! And i like Sam Brown singing it.

ChatYahoo_Lisa: Why did you re-visit it? Harrison: 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 it's small way conjured up a touch of spirituality, something we are very short of...

ChristopherClause asks: 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! Harrison: Phil Spector was probably the greatest producer from the 60s and it was good to work with him because i needed some assistance in the control box. Phil is very funny, loveable; we love him :)

mebissy asks: I have several teenage friends who've just discovered "All Things Must Pass". They were wondering about radio airplay. I explained that this was a re-mastered, etc. album - a re-release essentially. They, however (as do I) 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? Harrison: 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!

melissay1 asks: Hi, Mr. Harrison, how do you feel about the Beatles 1 album being top of the charts? Harrison: It's very nice. It's also nice that young children seem to be hearing it for the first time and i think as an alternative form of music for today it has its place alongside all this other stuff.

captainwombat_2000 asks: Out of curiosity, why the garden gnomes on "All Things Must Pass?" Harrison: 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 seem to get into it and we just couldn't stop them

gearfabasitwere asks: Is Indian music still a big influence on your music? Harrison: Yes! ChatYahoo_Lisa: Anything particular? Harrison: Check out U.Srinivas a south Indian electric mandolin player. Eat your heart out Van Halen

moosefalva101 asks: Following the incident at your house on Dec. 1999 has your outlook on life changed at all? Harrison: 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!

Nicole_Paul asks I am 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? Harrison: Yes. It symbolizes that our world is being concreted over.

bluejeanbaby42001 asks: George, you have quite a reputation as a gardener...What are some of your "pride & joy" plants? Love, Dianne Harrison: Well, for the cooler climates (as in England) the current trend is definitely toward Miscanthus. You'll find many lovely varieties - try the Zebrensis. ad also the Malepartis. however, if you're gardening in the tropics i think you'll find a lovely little ginger called Kahili :P

a_t_m98 asks: Mr. Harrison..what is the opening chord you used for "A Hard Days Night"? Harrison: It is F with a G on top (on the 12-string) Harrison: But you'll have to ask Paul about the bass note to get the proper story.

hari_girl asks: what do you think of eminem's grammy nomination? Harrison: What's eminem? aren't they chocolates or something?

beatles_lvr asks: You started the "band aid" movement; who would you help today? Love you George!! Harrison: Bob Geldof!

Moyette asks: What did you record with Bill Wyman last month? Harrison: :) An old Ketty Lester song called "Love Letters"

sharonconcannon2000 asks: Why was "I Live For You" left out of the original mix? (I think it's lovely, thank you for putting out at last!) Harrison: 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

pcpalmiere asks: How close are you to releasing that boxed set of unreleased songs and demos you talked about in Billboard some time back? Harrison: Well, hopefully touring this year i should at least get out a new album and all the other boxes of unreleased demos could possibly follow in 18 months. I'm trying to get everything that has ever been done out there. It'll just take a little time.

nikolaidisgm asks: George, what do you miss most about John Lennon Harrison: John Lennon.

michaelcalcina asks: 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. Harrison: It's one of those little things that goes up your butt so that people can't see your pantylines. No, It's actually a 3rd string that doesn't have a winding around it.

spongeweed70508 asks: Does Paul still piss you off (tell us the truth) Harrison: 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!

incantataa asks: 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 beatiful love songs. It would be interesting to hear how your religious attitudes have impacted your beliefs concerning romanticism. Harrison: 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.

fabzzy asks: You're joking in a most Pythonistic manner tonight George.., it's great to hear you online!!! Harrison: PISS OFF! you nosy bastard!

i_arcos asks: Is it true that you recorded "Homeward Bound" with P. Simon? Harrison: I recorded that with Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live back in 1853.

tnntxx asks: George, given the drug experimentation of the 60's, how do you feel about the legalization of pot? Harrison: 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 and all the rest of it then, a little grass is nothing. The authorities are just causing the price to be high -- 'scuse the pun.

ckeavenyuk asks: Have you any tips to budding songwriters. Do you, as John apparently advised you stick at it until you have finished it,. Harrison: 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.

kdtash asks: Any chance that the Dark Horse material, esp. Shankar Family and Friends will be released on CD? Harrison: 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.

mp0071999 asks: Hey George will you be ever be back on Yahoo? Harrison: Possibly. It's pretty painless for me.

kyntire2001 asks: 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? Harrison: It's a Maclaren 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.

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