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Concert for George

A celebration of the life of George Harrison

Olivia Harrison, Brian Roylance & over 30 contributors

The Concert for George brought together some of the world's finest performers for an unprecedented night of celebration. Rock stars, comedians and classical musicians took the stage at the The Royal Albert Hall in perfect harmony, united by one thing: a love for their friend George Harrison whose earthly life came to an end exactly one year before.

This beautifully produced book is the story of George Harrison, from his early days right through to the tribute concert that celebrated his life, told by the people that love him.

'We celebrated the life and music of the beautiful 'quiet' one from Liverpool who became a man of many words as well as worlds, a wise, coveted friend, father and true seeker... He did all this, and much more, and still managed to have more fun that the rest of us.' Olivia Harrison

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The Photography

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Photographs of the historic 2002 concert are interwoven with archival images from throughout George's life, the majority of which are previously unpublished.

The concert was captured by renowned photographers Jill Furmanovsky and Richard Young, with behind the scenes photographs from Oliver Hecks, Nick Roylance and Brian Roylance. See legendary performers, including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty, honouring their friend both onstage and off.

'When I got to rehearsals I thought 'There's a whole area of Eric Clapton that nobody's ever seen'.' David Leland

Iconic images from some of the world's most respected photographers feature alongside unseen family photos and holiday snaps. 

'You're on holiday with him and every morning he'd say, 'Oh, come and see the trees'. 'Okay, yeah'. And then the next day, 'Oh, come and see the trees'. 'Yeah, okay'. And then, 'Come and see...' 'I've seen your bloody trees!'' Ringo Starr

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The Manuscript

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This limited edition book takes you backstage at one of the most legendary concerts in music history, with a VIP pass, unseen photographs and text from those who attended.

'That was the perfect idea. You have all your best pals on there being groovy and making it interesting. I mean if I had a 'special', I'd like to, you know, have a few people who mean something to me.' George Harrison

Concert for George is more than the story of one concert; it gives unprecedented insight into one of the twentieth century's best-loved songwriters. George's friends and family share their personal memories, with archival photographs from over five decades illustrating their words. 

Edited and signed by Olivia Harrison. It features an introduction by Paul Theroux and original text from nearly 40 contributors. 

'One side of George was an amazingly soulful, peaceful man seeking karma and all that; the next minute he'd want to get behind the wheel of the most powerful vehicle in the country, driving at 193 miles-an-hour.' Michael Palin

'There was a lot of laughing in the band and George was the ringleader of the whole thing. We called him the "idea man". I miss him you know, I miss him in the night a lot.' Tom Petty
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The Contributors

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Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Ringo Starr reveal a quiet, social recluse who loved company and couldn't shut up.

Tom Petty recalls the time he spent as a Traveling Wilbury, along with Jeff Lynne, who is just one of many to comment on George's unusual songwriting. Ravi Shankar honours George's dedication to meditation and the sitar; Tom Hanks and Andy Fairweather Low tell of high-speed rides in 'The Rocket' and Jim Capaldi and Terry Gilliam remember George's love of laughter. Olivia and Dhani Harrison recall a husband and a father.

'Dad loved the ukelele... he used to have two ukes in his hand baggage just in case anyone else needed one.' Dhani Harrison

Text written by: Tanmoy Bose, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown, Sam Brown, Mike Campbell, Jim Capaldi, Eric Clapton, Ray Cooper, Lee Dickson, Claire Ferguson, Terry Gilliam, Tom Hanks, Dhani Harrison, Olivia Harrison, Jools Holland, Eric Idle, Jon Kamen, Jim Keltner, Katie Kissoon, Albert Lee, David Leland, Andy Fairweather Low, Jeff Lynne, George Martin,Tessa Niles, Michael Palin, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Emil Richards, Alan Rogan, Brian Roylance, Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Paul Theroux, Klaus Voormann.

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The Limited Edition

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Limited to only 2,500 copies worldwide, each numbered book is hand-bound in silk-screened fabric over padded boards with bronze page edges. The motif for the fabric design is matched to the original stage backdrops.

Each of the 308 pages in Concert for George is master printed in at least 4 colours, with extensive use of image varnishing and gold and bronze inks. The paper stock is an archival quality 200gsm matt art. Vivid coloured tracing paper pages are also included throughout the book.

Those fortunate to attend the Concert were given a 28-page commemorative booklet, bound in a beautiful embossed cover and fastened with an orange silk ribbon. Printed onto a cartridge paper stock, eight images depicting George through the years were presented within. One of these original booklets is included within the folding solander box that houses the limited edition book. In a pocket you'll also find four facsimile laminated back-stage passes.

Every book is signed by Olivia Harrison as a mark of her approval and all royalties from the sale of this book are donated to The Material World Charitable Foundation.

Concert for George

A celebration of the life of George Harrison

Select from the following editions:

Concert for George

Concert for George

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  • Collector:
    2150 copies
  • Signed by:
    Olivia Harrison
  • Contributors:
    Paul Theroux, Eric Clapton, Joe Brown, Terry Gilliam, Tom Hanks, Ringo Starr, Ravi Shankar, Eric Idle, Gary Brooker, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, and many more.
  • Paper:
    Archival quality 200gsm matt art
  • Binding:
    Silk-screened fabric over padded boards with bronze page edges
  • Box:
    Each copy is housed in a hand made solander box bound in silk-screened fabric over padded boards.
  • Extras:
    Inside a pocket in the box is an original concert programme from the Royal Albert Hall, November 29th 2002. The 28-page commemorative booklet is printed on art paper, bound in an embossed cover and fastened with an orange silk ribbon. In the pocket you'll also find four laminated back-stage passes.
Collector No longer available

The final copies in this official limited edition celebrating the life of George Harrison, with Ringo Starr, Paul Theroux and many more. Illustrated with hundreds of rare photos of George throughout his life.

  • Page size: 320mm x 240mm
  • 308 pages
  • 34000 words
  • 450 images
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