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Friday, 30 November, 2001, 08:40 GMT
George Harrison in quotes
BBC News Online rounds up some of the best George Harrison soundbites.

"The good thing about them is that you can look at them with the sound turned down. You know what irritates me about modern music, it's all based on ego.

Look at a group like U2. Bono and his band are so egocentric - the more you jump around, the bigger your hat is, the more people listen to your music.

The only important thing is to sell and make money. It's nothing to do with talent. Today there are groups who sell lots of records and then disappear. Will we remember U2 in 30 years? Or the Spice Girls? I doubt it."

George Harrison on modern music, U2 and The Spice Girls.


"He is the one you would least expect something dramatic to happen to.

"He has been a recluse in many ways for the last few years. He is still into spiritualism and spiritual things... he doesn't actually go out a great deal."

Harrison biographer Hunter Davies speaking to Sky News after Harrison was stabbed at home in 1999.


"I had a little throat cancer. I had a piece of my lung removed in 1997. And then I was almost murdered.

"But I seem to feel stronger. I don't smoke any more. I'm a little more short of breath than I used to be, so I don't see myself on stage lasting a full 14 rounds."

George Harrison, taking a pragmatic approach to cancer.


"It was like having diarrhoea and not being allowed to go to the toilet. I think a lot of people were surprised to see, 'Oh, he writes songs, too.'"

George Harrison speaking to Rolling Stone magazine about his relative lack of contribution to The Beatles' song lyrics.


"I don't listen to anything, and I don't read the papers, and I don't watch TV, and I don't go to concerts.

"And so my music, it doesn't matter if I did it 20 years ago or if I did it tomorrow. It doesn't go with trends. My trousers don't get wider and tighter every six months. My music just stays what it is, and that's the way I like it."

George Harrison on his own music, after the 2001 reissue of All Things Must Pass.

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