Saturday (February 25th) would have been George Harrison's 74th birthday. Harrison, the first of the Beatles to embrace Eastern philosophies and culture, will also be remembered for his humanitarian efforts, such as his 1971 Concert For Bangladesh for famine relief. Harrison died of cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.
Released today (February 24th) is the multi-disc box set George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection. According to the official press release, "The vinyl box set includes all 12 of George's studio albums with exact replicas of the original release track listing and artwork. Also included in the box set are George's classic live album Live In Japan -- on a double-LP -- and two 12-inch single picture discs of 'When We Was Fab' and 'Got My Mind Set On You'. All the discs are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl and are housed in a high-quality two-piece rigid slipcase box. The original analogue master tapes were used for the new re-masters and were cut at the legendary Capitol studios to ensure exceptional audio quality throughout. The individual albums from the collection will also be available separately, with All Things Must Pass as a limited edition title." The George Harrison - The Vinyl Collection sells for $466.
Out now is an expanded edition of Harrison's autobiography, I, Me, Mine, which was originally released through Genesis Publications in 1980. The new extended version of the book now spans the complete length of Harrison's career in music, told in his words and through 141 songs with hand written lyric sheets faithfully reproduced in full color. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until the new edition. Unlike the previous high-end version of the book, the new trade edition of I, Me, Mine prices out at around $40.
In celebration of Harrison's birthday, the launch of George Harrison: The Vinyl Collection and the publication of I Me Mine - The Extended Edition, on Sunday (February 26th), a pop-up exhibition and store in Los Angeles at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects on Sunset Boulevard will be opened and include framed prints and books by artists including: Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Ron Wood, and Sir Peter Blake. A special I Me Mine package has been created for the exhibition, consisting of the new book, a poster and book bag; the first 100 customers will receive copies signed by Shepard Fairey.