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Do you think George really wanted to do the anthology documentary?
9 November 2018
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authorgary said
To a degree his Krishna persona was hypocritical - - to the same degree that Lennon's peace talk was.

Couldn't disagree more...  Of course they all had inflated egos...  it's in the job description...  John & George both made tremendous strides in smashing away at their own big heads...  George was very devoted to the Krishna Movement, right up until his final days...  Anyone doubting John's convictions has their own issues to deal with...  Yes, he was violent in his younger years and even revisited this during the 'Lost Weekend', but his experience only strengthened his hope for humanity...  When it comes to Spiritual "authenticity", I think of George Harrison ...  and when it comes to Hope for Humanity, I think of two people...  John Lennon & Yoko Ono...  War is Over, if You Want It...:-)

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authorgary said
To a degree his Krishna persona was hypocritical - - to the same degree that Lennon's peace talk was.

Couldn't disagree more...  Of course they all had inflated egos...  it's in the job description...  John & George both made tremendous strides in smashing away at their own big heads...  George was very devoted to the Krishna Movement, right up until his final days...  Anyone doubting John's convictions has their own issues to deal with...  Yes, he was violent in his younger years and even revisited this during the 'Lost Weekend', but his experience only strengthened his hope for humanity...  When it comes to Spiritual "authenticity", I think of George Harrison ...  and when it comes to Hope for Humanity, I think of two people...  John Lennon & Yoko Ono...  War is Over, if You Want It...:-)   

'Couldn't disagree more' is under starter's orders for a knee-jerk response. 

"Of course they all had inflated egos...  it's in the job description..." doesn't say anything other than All Successful Band Members Have Giant Egos- - lazy false thinking.  "George was very devoted to the Krishna Movement" does not refute his hypocrisy or his lack of awareness.  Sorry if he was a personal guru, but there it is.    

What has "Hope for humanity" got to do with it?  Hopefulness is no measure of how humanitarian someone is.  Hitler was tremendously hopeful for his idea of the human race - - but not much of a humanitarian.  Kurt Vonnegut was to the day he died pessimistic about mankind, and so was Mark Twain - - both of them consistently humanitarian in their life and writings.  

Yoko Ono didn't show any peace initiatives when it came to mollifying the Beatle's rifts.  There isn't one known example from anyone of Yoko Ono trying in anyway to heal those rifts - - it was beyond her capacity to do so, of course, so I guess that exonerates her from trying, whereas I guess it was not beyond her capacity to save the world.  One thing she could have done to mollify the band's friction was to stay out of the studio during recordings, despite Lennon's 'she's with me' Stage Pass.  She showed herself as remarkably oblivious as a sociopath to their space in the studio.  Linda Eastman noticed this, and so did George Harrison , who had her corporate number from 1968 right through the Nike adverts.  Next you'll be telling us Yoko took heroin for Peace, and converted John on that account.  

Does this mean Yoko Ono cared not a jot for world peace?  No, it doesn't mean that - - but it would be convenient for low-level thinkers to assume it did mean that, so they wouldn't have to think too hard and couldn't disagree more, etc.

"Anyone doubting John's convictions has their own issues to deal with..."  One issue I don't deal well with is ignoramuses - - I tend to call them on it.  You can hold convictions and be hypocritical at the same time - - Lennon knew this, and you'll find that self-disclosure scattered in his lyrics and interviews.   It's his risk-all honesty that made him different, not his convictions.  His 'count me out...in' ambivalence followed whatever trend he was in that year.  His wealth and socialism is one conflicted area, for example.  Lennon wasn't Jesus, despite announcing himself as such in one Apple meeting, and you're not an Apostle and I'm not Judas.  Scepticism is a good thing to learn.  

What is palpable in the Anthology is how fragile was the dynamic of the surviving three and the ghost of the fourth - -all of them, even including PM, looking vulnerable, on the spot.  Fallible.  Not able to live up to the camera's expectations.  Too much hero-worship for the members of the best band in the world.    

 

   

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yep...  "knee-jerk response" is a good name for it...:-)

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bewareofchairs said
I think Peter Doggett summed up George and Paul's relationship really well: 

"As an observer/outsider, my take on McCartney’s relationship with Harrison was that Paul couldn’t understand what it was that kept upsetting George so much; and the more he tried to do things differently, the more George resented it. It’s very difficult in life to escape unconscious patterns of behaviour, even if you know (rationally, consciously) that they don’t work for you or those around you. I don’t think George could stop feeling hurt by Paul; I don’t think Paul could stop treating George like a junior partner. They almost needed to rethink their neural connections, which is the work of therapy or something equally profound. Saying to yourself, “I must take George more seriously” isn’t going to do it. […] Underneath it all, I believe that Paul sincerely loved George; and at some level George loved Paul as well. But they had a hard time expressing it."

Of all the Beatle pairings, their relationship was unique because they met when they were very young, and Paul wasn't old enough for George to look up to him like he did John. I think when that dynamic of person A having more power/control over person B is developed at such a young age, it's very difficult for it to change, especially when person A goes on to become part of a legendary partnership. Based on various quotes I've read, I get the impression George always had a great amount of love and respect for Paul, but his perspective on who Paul was as a person would be totally different from everyone elses.

I kind of hate this book, but there's a passage about the Anthology period in George Harrison : Behind the Locked Door which is pretty telling:

"George was mixing something down in his studio and McCartney came in," says Geoff Wonfor. "He said, 'Ah that sounds nice, George. When the f*** did you learn to do all this?' George looked up and said, 'Remember me? I was second on the right'." It was not a one way street. With Lennon no longer around, Harrison felt obliged to take on the role of agent provocateur; he was heard to utter heretical views about the quality of the raw material they were working with, and hoped that "someone does this with all my crap demos when I'm dead." McCartney, pulling rank on baby Beatle, "personally thought that a little presumptuous."

Another thing to keep in mind is that George was going through a pretty rough time in his personal life in the 90's, which wouldn't have helped his mood.

  

'Remember me? I was second on the right'." Woh!!!loved it!

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Whenever the three of them are together, it's clear Harrison is the Alpha

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bewareofchairs said

I suspect he wanted him to go back to being the Paul he knew before he became Beatle Paul and before he was half of Lennon/McCartney.

Coincidentally, I'm watching Anthology (currently on the final chapters) and have watched the extras.  People can be influenced by the perception of others; I certainly didn't see... or actually should say, recognize... any animosity between George and Paul, the first time I watched it.  This time 'round, I seem to be detecting it.

The largest contributor to any animosity between these two could be precisely because of what you said; he views Paul as Paul; the kid he knew over on Forthlin Road, the kid he went to school with, the one he went hitchhiking with and the one who was his friend, long before McCartney grew into Beatle Paul, a persona McCartney longed for and would never let go of.

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Paul dances on egg-shells all the way through.

While a second viewing is being influenced by others to notice Harrison's ill-ease during some moments, this has been noticeable from the very first time.  You would expect McCartney to be dominant, but he's not.  I think that has a lot to do with his overall "performance" here.  He becomes annoying simply because he's not dominant.  If he had been, you could be irate or have your expectations met.  His waffling becomes annoying, where you start to dismiss his dialog.

 

Whenever the three of them are together, it's clear Harrison is the Alpha.  I found that hugely ironic.

  

"Whenever the three of them are together, it's clear Harrison is the Alpha"
That's my impression too.

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"my take on McCartney’s relationship with Harrison was that Paul couldn’t understand what it was that kept upsetting George so much; and the more he tried to do things differently, the more George resented it."

 

I think that's a particularly good way of framing it. 

You can see a wee flavour of that in the kitchen chat in the anthology, George starts talking about his hair in Hamburg and how he combed it forward after coming back from the swimming pool, but before he could expand on how he got his Beatle cut, immediately Paul moved it on to a lengthy discourse on him and John getting their hair done during their trip to Paris. When the camera cut back to George he had his ukulele in his hands.

I worked with a guy like that, who just couldn't help himself trying to trump any experience I had with one of his own or would just divert every discussion to being about him and his life. He actually didn't know he was doing it and Paul seems to have the same problem. 

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"Whenever the three of them are together, it's clear Harrison is the Alpha"

 

I love all these observations of how George had almost outgrown the others at this point. My favourite example of this is a clip from Living In The Material World (although I think originally from the Anthology meetings but may need to rewatch) - Paul walks into the room and as they greet each other, George says "so this is a vegetarian leather jacket?" And Paul sort of pulls a face and gestures with the jacket, but doesn't quite know what to say back! In one quick witted remark, George absolutely takes control, it's brilliant!

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