George Harrison said rumors in Beatles fan magazines pushed him into a wall. However, the rumors concocted by the press and some authors were even worse.
George struggled enough to be a Beatle and struggled with stardom. So these stories only made it even worse.
George Harrison says rumors in Beatles fan magazines pushed him into a wall
In the early 1960s, Larry Kane spoke with George about Beatles fan magazines (per George Harrison on George Harrison: interviews and encounters). The radio DJ asked if the rumors bothered him. They did it.
“It drives you up a wall sometimes,” George replied. “Since we’ve been here, they’ve been asking us, ‘Is John leaving?’ Well, the news today is that I’m leaving. You know, it’s just because some idiot in Hollywood wrote in the papers that I’m leaving, so now I’ll have for weeks people coming over and over and asking me, ‘Is it true you’re leaving? ?’
It was also at the start of the Beatles’ career. Imagine how tiring the rumors became towards the end of the band’s life and beyond.
In Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary, The Beatles: Come Backin which fans were able to see never-before-seen footage taken during the filming of So be it, George reads some Beatles fan magazines. He comments on their rumors. In 1969, George turned stupid lies into jokes.
At the start of part one, George reads a line in the magazine that reads, “What do you think of George’s pseudo-tie sweatshirt?” He responds to the magazine’s question by saying, “I think it’s terrible.”
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George also didn’t like rumors made up by the press.
The rumors from the press were just as bad, if not worse than those from the fan magazine. In the beginning, at the beginning, the press stereotyped each musician. John Lennon was the witty, Paul McCartney the cute, George the calm and Ringo Starr was, well, Ringo Starr. However, these were not accurate descriptions of the group.
Quickly, George became disenchanted with fame and craving for intimacy during the height of Beatlemania, but the press wouldn’t allow it. When the Beatles’ publicist scheduled him for more interviews, George threw orange juice in his face.
Later, in Part 2 of Jackson’s documentary, John reads an account of George’s court appearance after his assault on a French photographer. They joked about it. Next, Paul dramatically read an article, “The End of a Beautiful Friendship” by Michael Housego.
An excerpt from the article read: “The awful tension of being locked in each other’s lives shattered the other night during a TV rehearsal and The Beatles John and George swapped, at all less, a few vicious phrases.”
Paul continues to read that the Beatles had developed “rust” and that they would “never be exactly the same again”.
Even after the Beatles broke up, the press didn’t leave George alone. He withdrew from the spotlight because he hated the stories they told about him.
According to NBC, George once said, “The press is so dumb, in general… There are great writers doing useful work. But the whole point is to sell a newspaper with a stupid title. My image makes me feel like a weird, mystical old ex-Beatle.
George maintained that he was not a recluse as the press portrayed him; he just didn’t go where they were. He hated that they made rumors about him and Paul’s relationship. George even wrote a song about the dangers of rumors and gossip called “Devil’s Radio.”
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Rumors in the Beatles books were just as bad
Along with fan magazines and newspapers, the Beatles books were equally misleading. In 1987, George told Charles Bermant (per George Harrison on George Harrison) that most authors wrote books about the Beatles out of malice.
Bermant asked, “If I had read all the Beatles books and seen all the documentaries, generally speaking, what would I have missed?”
“A lot of things in books are [sic] wrong,” George said. “A lot of them are written out of malice, or by people with axes to grind for one reason or another. And they’ve perverted some things for their own gain.
“Few people are actually factual and honest. There’s a saying in the old house I have, it’s in Latin, translated it says, ‘Those who say all they have to say say more than they know.’ So you probably know more about The Beatles from reading these books than there actually was.
On what people miss, George said, “Well, there’s this expression, you don’t see the forest for the trees. Basically, the Beatles phenomenon was larger than life. The reality was that we were only four people as caught up in what was going on at that time as anyone else.
Besides the print media, many Beatles films, documentaries, and even musicals attempted to tell the Beatles story, but either lied or fabricated things for their own gain. George hated lies that turned into rumors, and rightly so.
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