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George Harrison, May 1, 1970
George Harrison, May 1, 1970

George Harrison and Howard Smith, May 1, 1970
George Harrison and Howard Smith, May 1, 1970
Pete Bennett and George Harrison with flag and message, May 1, 1970
Pete Bennett and George Harrison with flag and
message, May 1, 1970
Pete Bennett and George Harrison hoofing it, May 1, 1970
Pete Bennett and George Harrison hoofing it,
May 1, 1970
GEORGE HARRISON
Martin Scorsese Uses My Photos
To Enhance His HBO Documentary

M
ARTIN SCORSESE
licensed three of my exclusive photos for his latest documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World. The film will be shown on HBO in two parts on October 5 and 6.

I had these rare photos in my files thanks to Pete Bennett. On May 1, 1970, Bennett, the enterprising promotion manager of Apple Records and promotion manager of each of the Beatles individually, invited me to his Manhattan office. Harrison was preparing to record his first post-Beatle album to be called All Things Must Pass and Bennett was already promoting his client.

I came in and found Village Voice writer Howard Smith interviewing Harrison for his ABC-FM radio program to air a week later. It was evident that Harrison was unhappy with the breakup of the Beatles. Asked about the possibility of a reunion, he replied, "I think itís very selfish if the Beatles donít record together."

With solemn demeanor Harrison posed with Bennett and Smith. I thought they were too serious. Bennett reached for an American flag. Harrison scribbled on a card, "We are not these bodies," reflective of his Eastern philosophy. He was warming up.

Suddenly he grabbed Bennettís hand and, with a great big smile, skipped around the room. It was spontaneous and it was wild! It caught me by surprise but I managed to capture five extraordinary images of Harrison cavorting with his promo man.

From May to September, Harrison worked with producer Phil Spector on recording his first solo album. In October Bennett called again. He said come to Media Sound Studio where Harrison and Spector were listening to the final recording mix of the album. This was my second time to create unique images of Harrison.

The album, All Things Must Pass, was released in the U.S. in December and became an instant smash. As a follow-up to his success, Harrison released Living in the Material World in 1973, which also became a monster hit.

Martin Scorseseís associate producer called last year to review my cache of George Harrison images. Scorsese selected three prints to use in his documentary of the Beatle who died of cancer at age 58 in 2001.

George Harrison, Oct 30, 1970
George Harrison, Oct 30, 1970
Pete Bennett, George Harrison and Phil Spector in the editing room, Oct. 30, 1970
Pete Bennett, George Harrison and Phil Spector in the editing room, Oct. 30, 1970
George Harrison, Pete Bennett and Phil Spector, Oct. 30, 1970
George Harrison, Pete Bennett and Phil Spector, Oct. 30, 1970

 
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