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Thanks for the Pepperoni

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...It’s easy to be a fan of George Harrison. He has left us with a series of beautiful songs that weather well in the memory. Some of these are known to almost everybody—“While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Here Comes The Sun,” “Something,” “What...

The Songs of George Harrison

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...“All Things Must Pass.” The song for which George’s 1970 album is named. One can hear an acoustic demo on The Beatles’ Anthology 3 (1996), which was recorded during the 1969 Get Back sessions. Drawing generously from a poem in Timothy...

God, God, God

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...Two songs aptly flank George Harrisons solo career. The first is “My Sweet Lord,” the infectious hit from his earliest post-Beatle album, All Things Must Pass. George’s solo career actually began when he was still...

The Art of Dying

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...To be born is like being hanged: it’s only a matter of time before we’re done. We’re all condemned to die. But being alive is in and of itself a positive thing, and we typically dread the inevitable. Our dread has deep biological roots....

The Love There That’s Sleeping

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...Every religion seeks to answer three fundamental questions. The first question, which implies discontent with the way things are, is: What is wrong with human beings? The second question, which summons hope, is: What is our ultimate destiny...

Brainwashed

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...In 1966 the Beatles recorded John Lennon’s LSD-inspired “Rain.” The song opens by observing that some people run and hide when it rains, and that they seek shade when the sun comes out. The singer represents himself as an individual who...

The Material World

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...“The material world” is, in George’s music, a pejorative phrase, and in the song, “Living In The Material World,” he observes that we spend our days not in happiness but in frustration. Life wears us out, and we can go utterly astray....

Chanting the Name of the Lord

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...As a child, George attended Roman Catholic mass with his mother. (His father stayed away.) By the time he was eleven or twelve, he decided it was not for him, and he quit going. He didn’t, however, leave without looking back; and when he...

Use My Body Like a Car

The Love There That’s Sleeping : The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison

The Continuum, 2006

Scholarly Books

...Most people, in most times and places, have been dualists. They have believed that the human being consists not just of a body but also of a soul or spirit, some nonmaterial portion or aspect of the self that is capable of surviving...
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...Best known for his career-making time with the Beatles, George Harrison—known as the “quiet” Beatle—established himself after the band’s breakup as an innovative solo artist. Born in 1943 in Liverpool, Harrison was raised in a working-class...