Why was the name changed from thateventuality to harrisonarchive?
thateventuality was really just a spontaneous choice of a name when registering on Tumblr back in May 2010; the first thing that came to mind when scrambling for a name was a reference to the movie that served as the curator's Beatles introduction. ("Oh, by all means, I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality.") It was a fun reference, but one casual fans who haven't seen A Hard Day's Night likely won't be familiar with; and as a name, it didn't really give any indication of what this fan page tries to do, i.e. factually chronicle and archive George's music, history and influence through interviews, book excerpts, and images. It just seemed like it was time for a change.
You can read more about the archive here.
Is this an official page?
No. It's a completely unofficial fan page, by a fan for fans, both casual and hardcore.
Are you in any way associated with the Estate of George Harrison?
No. Neither the page nor the curator are associated with George's estate, the Harrison family, Dark Horse Records, Harrisongs, or any other Harrison entity. The archive is created out of a fan's love for George's music and history.
Where does the information shared in posts come from?
The material comes from magazines, newspapers, books, audio files, and video footage collected and researched since 1995. You can find a select bibliography here.
How long does it take to compile a post?
It depends! A specific topic or event might take less than an hour to pull together quotes and images for, or it can take anywhere from days to weeks to months to research, verify quotes, transcribe, and eventually edit posts.
How can I find posts on specific topics?
The original outlet used for the page was Tumblr, a format no longer in regular use. Instead, the archive has moved to Instagram, and this website. It's been on Instagram since November 2014, and posts tend to get lost in the fray as time passes and more posts are added. You can find frequently used hashtags for easier navigation by checking the "Hashtags" Story highlight on Instagram and/or the index. Specific topics are also the subject of this website's blog.
Where can I find the Harrison Archive online?
Are there books you'd recommend about George's music, work, and spirituality; and about The Beatles?
Personally, the curator finds the following to be the most valuable - informative, insightful, rich in information and photographs, and not merely a reguritation of biographical material without proper citations. However, personally, the curator doesn't feel that there is any one-stop biography about George that gives him full consideration, as an artist or as an individual. The books below include autobiographies alongside biographies that add layers to George's history.
- I Me Mine by George Harrison
Straight from the dark horse's mouth, all about George's songs and songwriting.
- George Harrison: Living In The Material World by Olivia Harrison, introduction by Paul Theroux
Rare images and quotes from George himself, his family and friends.
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison by Simon Leng
For additional information about George's music; valuable to me personally are insights from collaborators like Doris Troy.
- Harrison by the editors of Rolling Stone
Worth it for Olivia's moving foreword alone.
- Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of HandMade Films by Robert Sellers
For all things HandMade Films.
- The Beatles Anthology by The Beatles
From the early years throughout the Beatle years.
- Warum spielst du Imagine nicht auf dem weißen Klavier, John? by Klaus Voormann
Only available in German, Voormann's book (which George encouraged him to write) is fascinating and gives invaluable insights into his friendships with the Fabs, in particular George.
- Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd
Pattie's autobiography gives us her memories (and serves as a woman's perspective companion to The Beatles Anthology in parts). Also recommended in tandem for the time period of 1968 to 1971, and parts of the Dark Horse Tour, is Chris O'Dell's Miss O'Dell.
- Raga Mala by Ravi Shankar
Excellent insights into George and Ravi's friendship and numerous collaborations (and George's editing to boot).
- Love Me Do! The Beatles' Progress by Michael Braun
For my money, the most interesting contemporaneous insights into The Beatles in 1963/early 1964.
- The Beatles Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies
Valuable for the contributions of George's parents (as well as the other Fabs' parents/family), and from a Harrison-centric perspective, for Pattie's and George's recollections at that point in time.
- Astrid Kirchherr: A Retrospective
The photos are, of course, essential, and the interviews (with Astrid herself, as well as e.g. Klaus Voormann) provide further insights into the early years and Astrid's friendship with the Fabs, in particular with George.
[Along similar lines, there are a few documentaries to be classed as invaluable: for the Beatle years, The Beatles Anthology, and Good Ol' Freda (fan club secretary Freda Kelly's side of the story); for rare footage and photographs, and interviews with family (such as George's brother Harry, Pattie Boyd, Olivia, and Dhani) and friends (such as Paul, Ringo, Jim Keltner, Tom Petty, and more), Living In The Material World.]
What about [insert gossip item here]?
Regarding the Daily Mail and similar purveyors of the "Devil's Radio," a three-part note:
1) However trivial and nonsensical the gossip items in articles and on websites are, they can unfortunately have serious consequences, such as hateful and threatening language or even death threats (something George and his family faced during his lifetime) -- and that can lead to very real, nearly fatal events such as the attempt on George and Olivia's lives in December 1999;
2) The Harrison Archive doesn't intend to engage in gossip and hearsay; the goal of the archive in all its outlets is to be factual, not speculative. To quote Olivia: "I don’t actually read those papers." (see post) You can find more quotes by George on the subject of the "Devil's Radio" here.
3) The private lives of others -- and that includes George and his family and friends -- are no one's business. It is paramount to me that the archive respects the privacy of the Harrison family and friends. They have a famous surname, but they're people first and foremost.
Thank you for your understanding.
How can I contact the archive's owner?
You can always comment on Instagram or Twitter -- or you can reach out via the contact form. Whichever way you choose, responses will follow as soon as time (and an often spotty internet connection) allows.