A very rare opportunity to see George Harrison’s handwritten lyrics on display
Friday 16th June - Sunday 18th June 2017
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, 1-3-5 Flitcroft Street, London, WC2H 8DH
See i-me-mine-exhibition.com for more details and opening hours
Genesis Publications hosts a free exhibition celebrating the U.K. launch of the book, I ME MINE – The Extended Edition by George Harrison.
Visitors to the pop-up exhibition will have a rare chance to see reproductions of Harrison’s handwritten lyrics as well as personal photographs and commentary taken from the new book. The closest to an autobiography of George Harrison that has been published, I ME MINE - The Extended Edition covers -for the first time- the full span of his life and work, with his handwritten lyrics to 141 songs, observations by Harrison himself and photographs from the family albums.
Originally published in 1980, The Extended Edition includes lyrics and photographs discovered recently by his wife Olivia, including a collection of lyrics found in a piano bench at Harrison’s home studio. One such song was ‘Hey Ringo’, thought to be from 1970/1971, and previously unseen – including by Ringo Starr himself who first saw the lyrics at the recent Los Angeles exhibition of the book.
Rare limited edition books also on display will include: I Me Mine (original 1980 edition), Songs by George Harrison 1 and 2, Concert for George, Fifty Years Adrift and Live in Japan. Visitors will also enjoy a preview of the recently announced Revolver 50 Collage series by Klaus Voormann, Love That Burns - A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac by Mick Fleetwood, Transformer by Lou Reed & Mick Rock, and the Genesis 100 special boxset celebrating 100 editions since 1974.
Also on show will be the full range of Genesis Publications’ limited edition, signed books and prints. Publications and prints by artists such as Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Paul Weller and Jeff Beck will be displayed alongside those featuring the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, The Who as well as the recent Vogue – Voice Of A Century anthology.
I Me Mine was originally published by the independent British book publisher, Genesis Publications in 1980. It became the first of many collaborations between Harrison and Genesis founder, Brian Roylance. In conversation with his friend and former Beatles press officer Derek Taylor, and in a first-person commentary that accompanies his songs, Harrison's own words recount everything from his upbringing in Liverpool, to early Beatlemania, his spirituality and philosophy. This 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 colour. Now stretching to 632 pages it features lyrics to more than 50 songs not previously included, as well as new photographs, many unpublished until now, and additional commentary from Harrison drawn from previously unpublished interview transcripts.
Genesis Publications was founded in 1974 as a publishing house true to the arts of printing and craftsmanship. Today, Genesis creates some of the world’s most sought-after books for readers in 90 countries, and in 2017 is celebrating its 100th edition.
The Genesis 100 boxset presents 4 sold-out books from 40 years of publishing; Songs by George Harrison by George Harrison and Keith West, 24 Nights by Eric Clapton and Sir Peter Blake, Pleased to Meet You by Michael Putland, introduced by Mick Taylor, and Speed of Life by Masayoshi Sukita and David Bowie are reimagined as a collection of fine-bound pocket editions.
See more at genesis-publications.com