Louise Harrison is George’s sister, and at 80, she has decided to write a book about the Beatles and her famous brother. Wow, what else can be possible said about the more-popular-than-Jesus band? Well, she said to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that she wants to correct many inaccurate things that have been said:
‘So much garbage has been written about George and the Beatles, I think it's my duty to get the truth out.’
Obviously, she had direct access to information being George’s sister, and she wants to re-establish the truth:
‘Half of the stuff has been written by people who spent maybe an hour on a plane with the Beatles. Now I think it’s my duty to get the truth out. There’s been all kinds of myths and fantasies written about them. At least I have some facts to go on, because I was there – from even before they were the Beatles.’
She has personal and never-before-published photos, letters and documents, and is planning to include them in her book, but more than anything else, she wants to kill the ‘quiet Beatle myth’, which got stuck to Harrison’s persona from the beginning. George was actually sick when the band was interviewed before their performance in the Ed Sullivan’s show:
‘First off, he wasn’t quiet, but the weekend they flew into New York to do ‘Ed Sullivan,’ George was very sick. They were staying at the Plaza Hotel, and we got him to see the hotel doctor, Dr. Gordon. Dr. Gordon said, ‘This is a very sick kid. He’s got a 104-degree temperature and has strep throat.’
‘He was given some shots and vaporizer treatments, and I was in charge of watching over him. George was told to use his voice as little as possible. That’s why at all the press conferences he was so quiet, and so the press thought he was the quiet one. George used to have a good laugh about it.’
Funny how a myth can be born from so such a little story.
Louise’ ex husband, Walt Kane, will also participate to the book, declaring to the paper he loved Harrison who ‘was a very nice man’, and ‘was always happiest at his estate, which he renamed ‘Crackerbox Palace’'.
After John Lennon’s assassination, Harrison increased his security at his mansion, hired a bodyguard, and got tired of the fame as ‘he just wanted to be a gardener’, and ‘was planting for the next generation’ as Kane said to the paper.
This nevertheless did not prevent a mad man to enter his home and stab him in 1990. Louise Harrison said his brother became then more cautious without turning paranoid:
‘He did say to me, ‘Don’t be too out in the public, because I don’t want some lunatic to have their 15 minutes of fame.’ He was more worried about his family than himself. That was George.’
Harrison died 10 years ago, and was just portrayed in Martin Scorsese’s two-part documentary, but there is always something to discover about the not-so-quiet Beatle who just wanted to cultivate his garden.
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