By Michel Christophe
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Later this month will see the release of “Came the Lightening: Twenty Poems for George”, where writer and producer Olivia Harrison dedicates 20 poems to her late husband George Harrison. The book dedicated to the Beatles lead guitarist, solo singer-songwriter and member of the Traveling Wilburys comes on the 20th anniversary of his death.
“Came the Lightening,” which premieres June 21 and is available for pre-order now, is an exploration of Olivia’s relationship with George that is intimate, calm, and powerful all at once. Her poems transcend time and space to celebrate a love that embraces all of life’s moments, from its dizzying heights to its lonely valleys. It examines the property, the group and everything in between.
As a contributor to the book “Concert for George”, the revised edition of “I Me Mine” and the writing of the best-selling “George Harrison: Living in the Material World”, Olivia Harrison is no stranger to writing beautiful words that have an ethereal connection to love. Now, in her first departure from biographical nonfiction, this book of poems is her debut in another form.
Olivia curated a selection of photographs and memorabilia to accompany the collection of poems in “Came the Lightening”, including never-before-seen images of herself and George. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese, longtime friend and director of the 2011 documentary, “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” wrote the foreword where he called the book “an autobiography that is part rhyme and part reason.”
The poems are meant, at the end of the day, to embrace the love between George and Olivia and to encourage readers to be gracious with their hearts – as in the face of death and grief – as she unfolds the sweet moments. and spiritual that still exist within. “Came the Lightening, Twenty Poems for George” is a testimony to a love that lives on even when someone leaves this earth.
Olivia is a film producer who first worked in the music industry in Los Angeles for A&M Records, where she met George and later helped run his Dark Horse label. She co-produced the Grammy Award-winning 2002 “Concert for George,” which she organized in memory of her late husband. Olivia also received an Emmy for Outstanding Nonfiction Special from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2012 for her role as producer in the documentary Scorsese.
In 2005, coinciding with the re-release of the 1971 “Concert for Bangladesh” album and film, she established the “George Harrison Fund for UNICEF” with an initial focus on programs in Bangladesh. The fund has also helped children affected by civil conflict, natural disasters or poverty in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Angola, Romania, the Horn of Africa, Burma, Nepal and Mexico. .
As director of the Material World Foundation, a charitable organization established by George in 1973, Olivia oversees its ongoing work to encourage and promote the exploration of alternative and diverse forms of artistic expression and philosophies.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s a greatest hits assemblage focused on the 80s era of one of hard rock’s toughest outfits.
‘GREATEST HITS: REVISITED *REMIXED* REMASTERED MXXII’
Whitesnake continues to revisit his multi-platinum career by remixing some of his greatest hits for a new collection that spotlights updated versions of classic tracks like “Still of The Night”, “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love”. The disc hits stores next Friday and coincides with the ongoing “Whitesnake: The Farewell Tour,” which is currently in Europe and will travel to the United States in late summer and fall.
Whitesnake founder and lead singer David Coverdale had 16 tracks remixed and remastered for “Greatest Hits: Revisited *Remixed*Remastered MMXXII”, which comes on 180 gram double vinyl. Twelve of them were on the band’s original “Greatest Hits,” released in 1994. The frontman explained in a statement that not only were there more songs, but they had been modernized.
“We definitely expanded on the original ‘Greatest Hits’, took them all out of the 80s and 90s sound time capsule and updated them, sonically,” Coverdale said. “As always, we have the original albums for those who hold them sacred relics.”
Keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who also appeared in Whitesnake’s recent “Red, White and Blues” trilogy, adds the Hammond organ to more than half of the songs in the collection. His contributions can be heard on the #1 hit “Here I Go Again”, “Fool for Your Loving”, “You’re Gonna Break My Heart Again” and more. New performances by former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg can also be heard on “The Deeper the Love” and “Judgement Day” from the 1989 album, “Slip of the Tongue”.
Along with these new additions, Coverdale also returned to the vault to unearth vintage performances by guitarist John Sykes that did not appear on the original recordings, including a solo on “Slide It In” and rhythm guitar on “Give Me All Your Love”. .”
The LP largely focuses on three hit albums the band released during the peak period of the 1980s. The two-times platinum “Slide It In” from 1984, the self-titled eight-times platinum “Slip of the Tongue” from 1989. But the collection goes deeper with songs like “Sweet Lady Luck”, a B-side to the 12″ single for “The Deeper the Love” and “Forevermore”, the title track from the the band’s 2011 album.
In addition to the classic black vinyl pressing, there will be a red variant exclusively at Walmart. “Greatest Hits: Revisited * Remixed * Remastered MMXXII” can be found online and in stores at all respectable retailers that sell vinyl starting next Friday, June 17.
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