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On George Harrison, 15 years after his death

On George Harrison, 15 years after his death

November 29
09:03 2016

Beatles author and scholarly expert Ken Womack, a Monmouth University dean, reflects on George’s enduring legacy.
(Photo: Noah K. Murray-Special for the A)
The first time he heard a demo of “Love Me Do,” George Martin ripped The Beatles and their song to shreds. When he was done laying into them, the man who would become the band’s producer asked the kids from Liverpool a question.“Is there anything that you don’t like?”After an awkward pause, George Harrison spoke up.“Well, for a start, I don’t like your tie,” he responded.Everyone erupted in laughter, the start of a bond that would become one of the great partnerships in music history. That anecdote is expertly recounted by Monmouth University dean Ken Womack in his upcoming biography titled “Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (1926-1966),” which is due out in August of 2017.Tuesday marks the 15th anniversary of Harrison’s death from cancer. Though he is often viewed as the “third” Beatle next to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, George’s contributions are regarded as essential by those who pay close attention to the music and the band’s legacy.

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