November 18, 2015 |
By now, audiences know how Elton John pulled the legendary Leon Russell out of the near-obscurity of tinny homemade albums and tiny club gigs; how the Okie-born, boogie piano player, righteously ragged vocalist, and '60s session giant recorded a plush duet album with Elton (2010's The Union ) and got his groove back. In reality, Russell's own bootstrap-pulling since then has aided his comeback most. The fleshy Memphis vibes of 2014's Life Journey , the recent release of Les Blank's long-hidden documentary, A Poem is a Naked Person , and 2015 shows with the Tedeschi Trucks Band where Russell relived Mad Dogs & Englishmen , the pianist's raucous 1970 tour film with fellow white soul-shouter Joe Cocker, show that the wonky rock-and-roller is in (literal)
December 12, 2012 |
Ravi Shankar, 92, the sitar player and composer described as the "godfather of world music" by Beatles guitarist George Harrison, has died. Mr. Shankar, who first performed internationally as a child, devoted his adult life to Indian classical music. His audience widened after Harrison, who introduced the sitar into rock music by playing the instrument on the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," sought out Mr. Shankar's tutelage. "It's with a very heavy heart that I confirm this sad news," his manager, Earl Blackburn, said in an e-mail Wednesday.
June 21, 2012
Victor Spinetti, 82, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony on Broadway, has died, his agent said Tuesday. Mr. Spinetti died Tuesday morning after suffering from cancer for several years, said Barry Burnett, the actor's close friend and agent. He won a Tony in 1965 for his performance in Oh, What a Lovely War but was best known for his appearances in the Beatles movies A Hard Day's Night, Help, and Magical Mystery Tour. At a London Beatles Day event in 2010, Mr. Spinetti said he was included in the cast of A Hard Day's Night at George Harrison's insistence.
May 1, 2012 |
Wonder upon wonders, "new" material from the Beatles is still springing forth — on Apple apps, videodiscs, CD, and soon at a movie theater near you. Material evidence George Harrison was the gearhead of the group — quite a good photographer and gadget lover — and also a media hoarder. Evidence comes to the fore Tuesday with the home-video release of Martin Scorsese's documentary film "George Harrison: Living in the Material World" and the simultaneous release of the Abrams Books multitouch iPad/iPhone/iPod e-book of the same name.
November 1, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Remember George Harrison's unforgettable opening line in the Beatles' 1969 hit "Something"? "Something in the way she moves / attracts me like no other woman. " Of course not, because he sings "lover," not "woman. " But "woman" is what Harrison wrote before changing one word that could have spelled the difference between a hit and a miss, an edit that's on display at the Grammy Museum in "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," a show focusing on the man pigeonholed early as "the quiet Beatle.
October 31, 2011
Barry Feinstein, 80, a photographer who chronicled the lives of seminal rock 'n' roll stars of the 1960s, and who was perhaps best known for the stark portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin' , died Oct. 20 near his home in Woodstock, N.Y. Besides his work with Dylan, Mr. Feinstein established his reputation as one of rock's semiofficial official chroniclers with two 1970 photographs: one of Janis Joplin,...
October 7, 2011
An article in the Thursday Magazine section on the HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World gave an incorrect title for the song that Harrison played to audition for the Beatles. It was "Raunchy. " A profile of actress Dylan Gelula in the Magazine on Thursday incorrectly referred to the show in which she appears, August: Osage County . It opened Wednesday night at the Arden Theatre. The Bill Toms concert on Friday at Milkboy Coffee in Ardmore, previewed in Friday's Weekend section, has been canceled.
October 6, 2011 |
He was known as "the quiet Beatle. " He was certainly the most enigmatic. So Martin Scorsese's biographical documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World , is something of a revelation. The two-part film, available on demand starting Thursday on HBO, is an intriguing portrait of the Beatles' junior partner and guitarist, who died of lung cancer in 2001. It combines home movies, archival footage, and a landslide of priceless snapshots, professional photos, and recent interviews with Harrison's son Dhani, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, George Martin, Eric Clapton, Phil Spector, and many others, conducted specifically for the film.
January 8, 2004 |
The doctor who ministered to George Harrison in the last weeks of his life is being sued by the estate of the former Beatle, who died of cancer in 2001. Harrison's estate alleges that physician Gilbert Lederman forced Harrison, under care at Staten Island University Hospital, to sign a guitar for the doc's teenage son, though Harrison wasn't up to it. The suit, filed in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., says the musician tried to resist, saying, "I do not even know if I know how to spell my name anymore.
November 17, 2002 |
Year in and year out, when it was hip and when it seemed quaintly corny, George Harrison wrote humble songs about tending the soul. In lyrics piled with Eastern imagery and religious metaphor, he encouraged the pop audience he earned as a Beatle to engage the mystic and become open to the possibility hiding behind the clouds. He was reverent and graceful, and a little kooky in his zeal. But his was pop of deep idealism, and he used his guitar and considerable melodic gifts to sketch out blissful utopias where kindness reigned and consciousness was ever-expanding.