Harrison shell-shocked by Beatles experience.

It’s hard to imagine being in a place where fame and fortune are viewed as a prison.  I can’t imagine a life where fame is so crippling that one cannot function normally.  It seems completely foreign to me.  When you look at The Beatles and their relatively young success in the early days it is boggling to think that even when they were adolescents they were famous.  Imagine being famous, and in the public eye for nearly your entire adult life.  That is a lot of pressure for one person to handle.

It’s hard to think of the fame as a sickness, but in a way it is almost like post traumatic stress syndrome. Some folks thrive under stressful situations, and yet others simply get a taste and then want relatively little to do with it.  It is like that line from Spiderman.  “This is my gift, this is my curse.”  Fame is a double-edged sword it seems that effects people in different ways.  George Harrison simply had a taste, in quite a large does I’d say, and then wanted nothing to do with it. 

Here’s what we’ve read.

Late Beatle George Harrison was left “shell-shocked” by the band’s worldwide fame, his widow Olivia reveals. The guitarist suffered immense stress as the band were propelled to superstardom in the 1960s, and spent the rest of his life travelling the globe with his second wife to find a tranquil haven away from his celebrity, she claims. Olivia, who married Harrison in 1978, says, “He was shell-shocked from the whole Beatle experience.

Literally shell-shocked. “He hated loud noises. And imagine it all day, every day, for five or six years, people were screaming at you when you opened your door, jumping on the hood of your car, looking in your window. And then there were the death threats. He wanted to be far away. And he wanted sunshine. “George was always on a quest to get as far away as he could… I had the feeling that he travelled the planet simply to look for solitude.” Harrison died of cancer in a Hollywood Hills mansion in November 2001.

Source: Contact Music


2 Responses

  1. I can’t help noticing that a Hollywood mansion isn’t exactly “getting away from it all”.

    Jane Marple

  2. George. i love him.

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