Living in the Material World: George Harrison exhibit at the Grammy Museum at LA Live
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - Payne-Full Living by Matt Payne
LOS ANGELES, Ca, January 23, 2012 - Honoring the ten-year anniversary of the passing of legendary Beatle George Harrison, the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles hosts an engaging and powerful exhibit featuring many of the musician’s personal effects, iconic pieces of wardrobe, letters, sketchbooks and of course many of the infamous musician’s instruments.
The exhibit, located on the museum’s second floor features handwritten lyrics to songs like “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “All Things Must Pass.” Fans can run their eyes across the carefully written words as the songs play in their fullest expression in the background.
In addition to the many guitars Harrison used while playing with The Beatles, fans can find other instruments that were a rich part of Harrison’s life as well. While he is most commonly known as the lead guitar player for the Beatles, Harrison spent much time in India learning to play the Sitar under the tutelage of Sitar master Ravi Shankar. Harrison was also a fan of the ukulele, usually traveling with two at a time so that his friends could play with him. Harrison’s ukuleles, ukulele banjos, and his sitar are also on display at the museum.
The exhibit is opened in conjunction with the release of “Living in the Material World,” a book of photography and quotes about George put together by his wife Olivia. The book is released along with the Martin Scorsese documentary which originally aired on HBO and will be available on DVD at a later date.
While the exhibit offers much insight into Harrison as a musician, what one unfamiliar with the complex life of the shy Beatle will quickly see that there is much more to Harrison than his decade as a member of one of the world’s most influential bands.