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I Me Mine, 2017 Expanded Edition

Messaggioda Cristiano » martedì 28/02/2017 20:27:46

Arrivato il libro nella nuova veste, più raffinata e completa oltre che ovviamente più consistente della precedente edizione.

Davvero molto bello, con i testi di tutte le canzoni della sua carriera , di diverse outtakes finora reperibili solo su bootleg e di alcuni inediti veri e propri, tra cui una sorprendente "Hey Ringo", vera e propria dichiarazione di amicizia inidirizzata al nasuto batterista, con un testo che include un fittizio scambio di battute tra i due. Chissà se è mai stato messo in musica.

Layout di gran pregio, carta spessa e colorata in toni pastello. Straconsigliato.
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Messaggioda MrTwoOfUs » mercoledì 01/03/2017 07:53:55

Credo che non sia stato messo in musica. Altrimenti pubblicare solo il testo senza pubblicare una canzone inedita che senso ha?
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Messaggioda Cristiano » mercoledì 01/03/2017 10:26:19

Oh beh, se è per questo di inediti ne hanno da parte...e non hanno la minima fretta di farceli ascoltare :roll:

Chissà. Però l'idea è simpatica lo stesso, e conferma una volta di più che i veri amici sul piano personale nei Beatles, e anche dopo, sono sempre stati Ringo e George.
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Messaggioda Dr.Ebasta » mercoledì 01/03/2017 15:58:59

Dal Los Angeles Times:
At a private reception Saturday at artist Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park, Starr was perusing the lyrics to one of the previously unpublished songs included in the new volume, one that name-checked him, “Hey Ringo.”

Di sicuro è stata messa in musica. Dubito George si fosse dato alla poesia e avesse preso Ringo come musa.
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Messaggioda Cristiano » mercoledì 01/03/2017 16:11:09

Non ci sono prove, e comunque non è importante al momento.
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Messaggioda Cristiano » lunedì 03/04/2017 21:03:04

Una bella intervista ad Olivia Harrison incentrata sul libro recentemente ripubblicato.

(da Billboard.com):


How one Beatle found a song by another Beatle he'd never seen before.



Billboard: How are you feeling about the new extended edition of I Me Mine?
Olivia Harrison: I love it. The book is as complete as we could make it. I've been trying to do it for three or four years. You look at that image and say, "Who is that?" Somebody at Universal said people keep stopping by and looking at the poster and saying "What's the story with that?"

The cover image is stunning.
It's gripping. And it's not that easy to find an image like that. I like the graphic-ness of it. Shepard Fairey managed to capture something. It's hard to take your eyes off of.

How are there 50 pages of new lyrics in the expanded edition?
Because there are lyrics that George had found earlier that I don't know where he found and I certainly found a lot more later. The book was made in 1980 so you still had four or five more albums after that. I tried to find a lyric to match every song that was on the subsequent albums and in the first edition of I Me Mine and that was the basis of it. We found lyrics that went up to 2000.

Where did you find his lyrics and writings?
Some of George's work was in furniture. You know, you're sitting at your desk or your table writing lyrics and you're going to put papers in it. You're going to stuff them somewhere. George had a desk in the studio and tables downstairs, the kitchen cupboard, wherever. It's not like you would sit at a desk nowadays with a laptop trying to write something. He'd be walking around and take a piece of paper out of his pocket and it would end up somewhere. Maybe he would stick it in a book or in a drawer or somewhere. We found some in Billy Preston's piano bench.

Wait, really?! Billy Preston's piano bench?
He used to play with George a lot in his studio at home in England and he had Billy's [Hammond] B3. We just called it "Billy's B3." Billy would sit and dance on that seat and on the pedals of that organ. He really did. His seat would just dance across there, he was just amazing. Such a sweet man. So gentle and what a talent. He had absolute fluidity on that organ and on any keyboard really.

Where was this?
At Friar Park in Oxfordshire. George had a studio there

How did you find them?
No one had opened that bench in a long long time—years—and there were folders. So when I finally got around to opening the piano bench there were envelopes of depositions, lyrics and scores for strings going back to I don't know when, probably All Things Must Pass. I used to just shut the lid on them because I didn't want to take it out and disturb it. It's like a time capsule. You don't really want to disturb anything, but eventually I did find lyrics in there and lots of notes. The song "Wake Up My Love" was in there, that went into the book and it hadn't been in there before this expanded edition.

I know he wasn't very materialistic, but did he keep a lot of his papers?
You know, if you live in a house you end up just putting your things in your house. He lived there from 1970, so naturally everything was there. And there were earlier files, you know its just your stuff

When did you discover the lyrics in the bench?
Oh I had been in there, but it's his studio. You don't go rummaging through everything even if it is your house. I didn't go rummaging through his papers he didn't go rummaging through mine [laughs]. I know it was after he died, sometime in the last ten years. I've been archiving and trying to have a look at things, but there's been quite a lot to do.

Like what?
In 2002 we did the concert for George and then we did a book, then we put out his Dark Horse Years and the Apple Years. I did the documentary and the book. It's been an ongoing work of just archiving what George left behind. It hasn't really been about trying to come up with an idea of what to do, it's sort of homework that he would have done and he had every intention to do. Like the vinyl that just came out. He would have done that, in fact he was in the process of remastering his albums. In 2000 he had All Things Must Pass, Material Wold and Dark Horse and was remastering them in chronological order.

Did you help out with the remastering and re-packaging of the vinyl as well?
Dhani and Paul Hicks really worked on that. Gavin Lurssen worked on the remastering. Paul was trusted and he worked with Giles Martin [George's son] on the Beatles and the Love show. He worked for Paul [McCartney] and Yoko as well. But Paul and Dhani did most of it. I certainly didn't want to be the final ears on those.

What's your favorite George song?
Well, I always say "Run of the Mill," but I have many more.

How is it to see lyrics to songs like "Dark Sweet Lady," that's about you, right?
It is. All those songs like say "Your Love is Forever," which has that line "Sublime is the summertime warm and lazy/These are perfect days like heaven's about here." That is so personal to me because I think about somewhere we were and it was beautiful and warm and there was no pressure and no angst. Those times in your life when everything is just smooth and beautiful and you can really be your best self and who you want to be. Songs like that, the lyrics to those, they're the ones that mean so much to me. They all do, but that one, "Sublime is the summertime..."

Do you read his lyrics often?
I don't read them all so much because I know them so well. I'm just glad that we could find the ones we did and find comments that George made about them. We went back and found dialogue where he talked about each song. I think maybe we found only one or two where we didn't find a comment.

Didn't Leon Russell advise you to write down all the amusing things George said?
George wrote a lot of his thoughts down himself. Sometimes it was just one sentence that you just thought, "What does this mean? 'Goats on my roof' what does that mean?" Or 'When you strip it all away, there is only love.'" Which is a very beautiful line he just wrote on a piece notepad from a hotel.

Some of his songs like "Here Comes the Moon," are poetry.
I love that, it's beautiful. It just happened to be one of those evening where the full moon was rising and it was over a beautiful bay. He was sort of reluctantly going, "Oh no, look, here comes the moon, they'll kill me if I write that" because of "Here Comes the Sun," of course. But it was pretty irresistible and I think it's a really rich beautiful song. When he says "Looks like a little brother to the sun" [sings] to me his voice sounded so sexy and beautiful. It's such a great image.

Reading the book I was struck by George's humor. You said in your intro that he "Quoted the great wisdom of the Swamis, the Bhagavad Gita and the ancient Vedas as well as humor of Lord Buckley, The Goons, Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks' The Producers and Monty Python."
They say everyone from Liverpool is a comedian and they certainly have a different sense of humor from the North and I think that was part of it as well.

Liverpudlian humor.
He always said that you had to have a sense of humor and run really fast.

It seemed like he had a pretty tough time in school in Liverpool.
He didn't get on at school and didn't feel anyone ever encouraged him. In fact he felt the opposite and just like, "Wow, if that's how they're trying to help you get on in life well that's not very good." He always had a little bit of not resentment but always felt they could have been more supportive and really taught him something. But who knows, he just didn't get on. He said the only teacher he really liked was the art teacher.

It sounds like jail.
Don't forget, it was England. There was rationing until the 1950s. Liverpool had been bombed and it was pretty grim.

I saw something in the book in passing where he said something like "I watched it on open university" -- was he enrolled in some kind of online class?
Oh no. In England you used have Open University on television on the BBC or something. And occasionally you would sit there and turn it on and you'd end up watching some science class. You'd think, "What is this? Oh, I'm watching Open University."

You knew him before you went out because you worked at his Dark Horse label, right?
It was less than a year.

"All Those Years Ago is in the new edition and one of his more popular songs, what do you recall about that one?
Well George was writing that song right in the days when John died. He wanted it to say something about John but didn't want it to be too sad. I mean it's not a dirge but he certainly was clear about how he felt about John.

I read that he would go into an almost trance-like state when writing a song and sort of leave the world while figuring out chords and sometimes you would write down lyrics.
Sometimes I would. Sometimes if he was working on playing the guitar he'd say some lyrics and if he didn't have a tape cassette I would try take the role of the amanuensis [laughs], you know, just copy down what he was saying so he wouldn't forget. Most of the time he'd say go and grab the cassette recorder.

What was it like when he was in that state?
It wasn't a trance. He was just like, "Oh, I just had an idea" and a light bulb would go off and then off he'd go. I'm not a songwriter so i can't really explain it, but I'm sure anyone that with an idea like you as a writer, i'm sure you go, "ahhhhhh, I got to get that down." It's the same in every creative process.

Some say inspiration comes from above or maybe a muse or the people around you.
Sometimes he would play a couple of chords and he would go "Is that anything? Is that something." I'd go, "Nah, I don't think so." I know a lot of songs going back to the 1950s. Sometimes I'd say that's something and he'd just give me a look [laughs].

Was anything added in the book that's from an earlier era?
There was a couple of lyrics that went back to the 60s like "Mother Divine" and maybe "Dehra Dun" -- I think those were from earlier like 1966 when they went to India.

What's your favorite new material in the book?
Some towards the end around Brainwashed there's little diagrams and words and sentences where he's trying to explain a little more about consciousness and what's what, those sort of stand out to me. We've added over 50 lyrics and just tried to make it beginning to end. There are probably some bits of pages floating around that aren't in there maybe they'll see the light of day sometime.

Were there any revelations in what you discovered?
Well yeah, yes, like the song "Hey Ringo." Ringo had never seen it until last Saturday [at the gallery/pop-up store]. He said, "Hey, I've never seen that before." And I said I hadn't either. I guess it was in the piano bench in an envelope. And there was this song called "Hey Ringo" that they think was from around 1970 or 1971. And it's really sweet. I'm going to get it framed and give it to him because it's really sweet. It's like "Hey Ringo, or something, "That without you my guitar plays far too slow." That was a big revelation and surprise. Ringo was totally surprised and really happy. What a gift to have all these years later.
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Messaggioda MrTwoOfUs » martedì 04/04/2017 10:44:26

Molto bella, infatti.
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