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Louise Harrison working on her memoirs
9 January 2013
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From examiner.com:

Louise Harrison, George Harrison's sister, told Beatles Examiner in a phone call she's planning on publishing her memoirs sometime in 2013.

“I'm working very very hard at getting my memoirs together,” she said. “Southern Illinois University Press is going to be publishing it. I'm going to be spending the last week in January with them and I hope to get my photos and all that together for them to put into the book.”

Plans for the book are to come out in September.

“We're looking at the moment to having the release date for the book to be about September 15 in 2013 because that will be the 50th anniversary of when George (Harrison) came to visit the United States. He was the first Beatle to ever set foot in the United States.”

More at the site.

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Thanks for sharing that Parlance, I had no idea she was writing a book. Should be interesting.

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Very welcome. I'm originally from Illinois, so this story piqued my interest.

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15 January 2013
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A little more info


George's sister Louise Harrison hires public relations firm

Jennifer Vanderslice, owner of MoonGlow PR, is proud to announce that her firm has been hired by Louise Harrison to handle all her future public relations.

Louise Harrison is the only sister of the late George Harrison of the Beatles. Louise was born and raised in Liverpool, UK where she attended La Sagesse Grammar School before enrolling in St. Mary's College Fenham in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. She is the owner of Louise Harrison Entertainment Ltd., the management firm the Beatles tribute band Liverpool Legends and the founder of Louise Harrison's Help Keep Music Alive, an organization that raises funds for the music departments of high schools and colleges.

Ms. Harrison was nominated Grammy Award in 2011 for her voice-over work on a Beatles themed audio book. She has been doing voice-overs and spoken narratives since the mid 60's and continues working in the industry today.

In February 2013, Louise Harrison has plans to organize a concert, headlined by Liverpool Legends, in honor of her brother George's 70th birthday. Louise will also be organizing a weeklong celebration in September in Benton, Illinois of the 50th anniversary of George Harrison being the first Beatle to come to America and perform.

Later this year, Louise Harrison's memoir will be published. The book will focus on the Harrison family and World War II.

For more information on Louise Harrison, Liverpool Legends or Help Keep Music Alive, go to http://www.LiverpoolLegends.com.

To contact Louise for interviews or voice-over work, email jennifer@moonglowpr.com or call 610-400-7113.

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16 January 2013
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This could be interesting.

I dislike Beatles tribute bands though.

17 January 2013
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Linde said
This could be interesting.

I dislike Beatles tribute bands though.

Me too! There´s a weekly Beatles tribute band at a pub near to where I live and my parents go but I shudder at the thought of it. I don´t understand why you would want to see four usually middle-aged men trying (and failing) to imitate their idols...?

 

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fabfouremily said

Linde said
This could be interesting.

I dislike Beatles tribute bands though.

Me too! There´s a weekly Beatles tribute band at a pub near to where I live and my parents go but I shudder at the thought of it. I don´t understand why you would want to see four usually middle-aged men trying (and failing) to imitate their idols...?

Same here. Was offered the chance to go see the Bootleg Beatles but declined immediately. 2 hours of 4 guys dressed up as the beatles; all i'd do is spend the time thinking what a waste of time - just give me youtube and i'll watch the actual Fab Four.

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It's a bit weird, because I didn't mind the Green Day and Iron Maiden tribute bands I've seen in a pub near my house. But that's sorta different, because we didn't really pay attention and I don't know a lot of their repertoire anyway. If it was a Beatles tribute band I'd probably cringe the shit out of myself and be all frustrated and indeed annoyed by the middle aged thing. It's probably also because they're a classic and legendary band and my favourite band. Bands like GD and IM are just..bands lol

19 January 2013
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I don't have a problem with tribute bands as long as their musicianship is solid... and they're not trying to look like them. There's nothing worse than middle-aged guys impersonating twenty-somethings in moptops. There are so many songs the Beatles couldn't do live at the time, that I do enjoy finding a really good tribute band on YouTube that's managed to conquer them, like the Fab Faux.

Er, slightly getting back on topic, I haven't heard anything about the Liverpool Legends or if they're any good.

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Yeah, I agree that tribute bands are only good if the music is good and they're not trying to look like the Beatles. I went to a tribute band concert, and they really weren't bad, and it almost sounded (note I said "almost," not "it actually did") like I was at a live Beatles concert when I closed my eyes. 

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I saw the Liverpool Legends a couple years ago and it was good. Louise was there and she talked about George and answered questions. Then, afterwards she hugs everybody because one of the last times she saw George before he died he hugged her and told her to pass it on, so she does (I didn't do that, nobody I went with was going to wait).

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Then, afterwards she hugs everybody because one of the last times she saw George before he died he hugged her and told her to pass it on, so she does (I didn't do that, nobody I went with was going to wait).

All the same, that is such a sweet story.

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Over a year since the announcement, AppleScruffJunior posted that the memoirs will be coming out spring of this year.

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25 January 2014
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A little more info on Louise's book via The Examiner. You can pre-order it, and it'll be signed by Louise.

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In the hour before CNN's special on the Beatles this Thursday (1/30), per the Macca Report, Louise will be on Anderson Cooper's show, at 8pm ET.

[x-posted to the news thread]

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The interview with Louise on Anderson Cooper's show is here.

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Here's one of those 50-years-ago stories that goes along with Louise and George. Hope this is ok to put it here.

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Ahhh Girl said
Here's one of those 50-years-ago stories that goes along with Louise and George. Hope this is ok to put it here.

Don't see why not. Thanks for sharing :)

 

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Cool read. Thanks for sharing AG.

I wonder how much her copy of She Loves You would go for? And would love to hear that  interview George gave for local radio before the Beatles made it, maybe the newspaper article survives as well.

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Here's a little bit more about that interview and newspaper article. It is from a book titled Read the Beatles : classic and new writings on the Beatles, their legacy, and why they still matter.

Later that year, as editor of the West Frankfort high school newspaper, Redbird Notes, Marcia Raubach wrote an account of her interview with the young Beatle. “Their music is wild and uninhibited and outsells the world’s greatest recording artists, although not one of the Beatles can read music,” she wrote. Later, she said, “I’m not quite sure what I meant by that. But maybe it was compared to what was out at the time.”

George also gave her an autographed photo of his group and a copy of their new single, “She Loves You,” before he left the station. Lou Harrison recalls that when George gave Marcia the photo of the Beatles, the young deejay’s immediate thought was, do you have one of just you? But George responded by saying, “No, no; we all stay in the picture together. That way there is a better chance of someone liking at least one of us,” Lou said.

Marcia Raubach said that George Harrison’s visit to the station lasted less than an hour, and then he was gone. The next time she saw him was less than five months later, on The Ed Sullivan Show on national television. “It was almost unbelievable; I just could not believe it,” she said. “Everybody was screaming and Ed Sullivan was beaming. I just didn’t have any idea that this group was going to be what they became.” Over the years, Marcia Raubach has thought about the day she met George Harrison and often says to herself, “Why we didn’t tape that interview, I’ll never know.”

 

From an Illinois Times article:

Louise came to the station (WRFX-AM) several times over the summer asking us to play the Beatles’ music, which up to that time had only been available in England,” said Raubach, ... One Saturday after she had finished her weekly broadcast she was called back to the station to meet Lou Harrison’s brothers, George and Peter, who had walked more than a mile to thank her for playing Beatles songs on the radio.

Marcia remembers Harrison as slight, slender, polite, shy and visibly impressed with her father’s “shiny black Oldsmobile with the big tail fins.” The interview, later printed in Raubach’s high school newspaper, was predictable. The 17-year-old Raubach asked Harrison what he liked about America. The 20-year-old lead-guitarist answered: “small blondes…, driving, sleeping…, Eartha Kitt, eggs and chips, and Alfred Hitchcock movies.” He gave her a copy of a newly released Beatles single (“She Loves You,” which she also played on the air) and a photo of the band, signing it on the back: “With Love, George Harrison.” (All during the interview, Peter took home movies of his brother, recording their American holiday to show the family back home in England. The movies have survived and are now in a private collection.)

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