George Harrison – ‘All Things Must Pass’

 

One line in this profoundly beautiful album changed my life -– ‘Every-one has choice when to and not to raise their voices’. From being a young, boisterous egotist, I suddenly became a less young, boisterous egotist, and I’ve been learning ever since. Of all the Beatles’ post Beatles albums, George’s seemed to fill the bill and fulfil the promise. John had bravely taken on the world with his often bitter politics and confused spirituality, Paul had tried his best (maybe too hard) as he always had, and Ringo had just Ringoed his way as he always will. George, however, flew in on the wings of an angel, blowing stardust into the mouths of babes, sucklings and cynics alike. He’d done so before whilst still with the Beatles. ‘The Inner Light’ with its essentially Taoist lyrics had rung bells for me – ‘Without going out of my door, I can know all things on earth. Without looking out of my window, I can know the ways of heaven.’ – but ‘All Things Must Pass’ painted the whole glorious picture. I’m incredibly grateful to George for the help he gave me in my search for a kindlier form of existence.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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