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Frank Beatles interview unearthed

By Georgie Rogers
6 Music news reporter

The Beatles' guitarist George Harrison
George Harrison continued solo work until he passed away in 2001

Details of a revealing interview with Beatles guitarist George Harrison have come to light after 40 years.

The reel-to-reel tapes have been stored by former journalist Miranda Ward since she talked to Harrison in 1967.

Film director David Lambert, who has heard the recordings, said: "It was really the meaning of life according to George Harrison in 1967."

He discussed subjects including Eastern mysticism, politics, Britain's drink culture and drug use, Mr Lambert said.

He heard the tapes while making a documentary about the Magical Mystery Tour film.

He said: "It was only a brief chat about that, but he went on and discussed all aspects of life and the way he viewed it at the time."

Alcohol and drugs

Harrison is often referred to as the "quiet" Beatle and Miranda Ward was a friend of the group at the time.

At the moment there's a lot of interest in that, I believe Martin Scorsese who did the Rolling Stones film is looking to do a 90 minute film on George Harrison
Beatles' film director, David Lambert

Mr Lambert said: "He covers all aspects of things, the Eastern mysticism, he was very involved at the time with the Maharishi [Mahesh Yogi].

"Then he goes on to talk about the drink culture of Great Britain which in 1967, from how he describes it, seems exactly as it is today.

"He talks about use of drugs and how certain politicians tend to rule the world and rule our lives."

Mr Lambert only used a small section of the interview in his film, The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Memories, and said the rest of was "pretty controversial".

But he added: "I think you'll actually look at George and think, 'The guy really is talking a lot of sense and people should have listened possibly at the time'.

The Beatles' guitarist George Harrison
George Harrison performing on the Saturday Club in 1963

"He wasn't one to talk about these things. If you listened to it, you would fully expect someone like John [Lennon] to be doing the interview."

Mr Lambert believes the full interview will see the light of day and could fetch "hundreds of thousands of pounds" at auction.

"At the moment there's a lot of interest in that," he said. "I believe Martin Scorsese, who did the Rolling Stones film is looking to do a 90-minute film on George Harrison.

"So, there is interest from the Scorsese camp for this interview."

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