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George Harrison on Drug Use and The Rock Star Lifestyle | The Dick Cavett Show

May 31, 2021
TV in America is not as mature as it is in England in England yes I watch TV in America to tell you the truth it's a load of rubbish not the Dick Cavett

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oh I was wondering if this drives you crazy , you know, the commercials just go into something in that, I'm sorry, one hour, put another word of and another word of and at the end you know they just played commercials all the time, you have commercials to finish and you say yes, but it's really well done. you know it's really well done they

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maybe if it's a 30 minute show they'll have the commercial at the beginning then the projectiles

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t and after about 15 minutes they'll land and they say end of part 1 ding and then it goes into the kershaw and then the commercials end and it says part 2 here it just goes ding ding ding from the warning to the next, you don't know if it's a commercial or if it's the show, let's say there are a lot of commercials.
george harrison on drug use and the rock star lifestyle the dick cavett show
I'll give you there. I have a serious question I would ask you and I have a feeling we are going to interrupt R before he arrives, but I wanted to talk about this with John and you, have you ever seen Monty Python's Flying Circus? Yes Yes. Well, you want to do that in America. I'm really trying to include some of that and show it, show it, get something, it wasn't defined, it's really good, yeah, Linnea, can I answer my serious question? You have this tremendous influence and Oh, you had when you were together, you had this gigantic influence on young people, right? and everyone knows that the Beatles went through a

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phase.
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Did it ever occur to you or did you think about it this way that the fact that this was known and the fact that you were the Beatles could have caused thousands of kids to have

drug

problems that otherwise wouldn't have had, well , no, no, Lenny's mess, first of all, when we took the notorious wonder drug LSD, yeah, we didn't know it. we were taking it John and I had this medicine and they gave it to us we were having dinner with our dentist and he put it in our coffee and he never told us that now we would never have it, we had never heard of it, I mean, it's a good job, We hadn't heard of it because so much paranoia has been created around the drug that people now, if they take it, are already on a bad trip before they

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t, while we didn't know anything, we were so naive and so We drank and went to a club and it was amazing, it was really amazing, so a couple of years later Paul also took the drug and the TV people in England came and said, "You took this drug too, LSD." How do you say no?
george harrison on drug use and the rock star lifestyle the dick cavett show
Look, you know, the question you asked me about everyone else's responsibility. Paul told the television. The people look. I'm not saying if I had the drug, it's you, if you're going to ask me if'. I've had it I'm going to say yes because I've had it I'm not going to lie so he said they said well do you have to add LSD and before they asked you he said it's your responsibility because if you go to Ask me and I'll tell you yeah and you'll put it on TV saying, "Hey, yeah, we've taken LSD, so it was really their fault, so they asked the question." Paul said yes and then they put it on. and they said they've taken LSD and then the world goes crazy, yeah.
george harrison on drug use and the rock star lifestyle the dick cavett show
I was just wondering if here you know if you have to stop and think, you can use the word responsibility, which has such a silly meaning when your schoolteacher says you have a tremendous responsibility, but I said, did you ever take that kind of thing in serious and you think you know that we have to take care of ourselves because if we do this, other people will be there? Yes, we always had to watch ourselves because otherwise we would be watching ourselves. There was someone else out there who was and there were always reporters who followed us around on tour and they were always trying to barge into our room and catch us doing something that he knows, something that maybe we shouldn't have been doing and the whole thing is that people want me to. other people do unpleasant things because they feed on it and then write about how they are doing unpleasant things.
It's like in a newspaper in England. I met David Frost the other day. Can I say David Frost or do you say that? It's OK? I met him at the hotel and he said: Here are two that really disappoint you like a copy of the news of the world. He just arrived from England. He built this newspaper and this big story on the front saying it's the scam nursery, yeah, yeah, but. It's a great story to tell about this group called The Marmalade, how they had orgies with teenage fans and all that kind of stuff, but the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčthese reports are published for months and months, looking for, you know, kicking up the pavement trying to see that.
There is rubbish to write about and then they write about it like they are the Saints and like not everyone is doing it, yeah, so I don't know where the responsibility is. I mean, maybe you should stay home and never say anything that's definitely the easiest, well, why do people do things just because famous women do them? It's another question I've never been able to exactly figure out anyway. Well, I'll do the show. Here's a happy holiday thought for the singer, right? I'm asking you something else, George, because do you have any idea why hard drugs and

rock

stars have become synonymous with me?
I mean, you can see why if you had a life like Bessie Smith had or Billie Holiday or something, whatever. were what they went through, if I were them I guess I'd take anything that was off the charts, but I mean most of the people in Rock Heaven had that kind of depressing, horrible, depressing life, which is somehow a way to emulate those other people who were very loved, there are many of them, you know, many pop people go through a lot of things, you know, you just say that in a year they go, they see so many things and they realize, they go through yourself so many different things that either you just want to get high, I mean basically it starts with people who just want to get high, you know, people drink, I mean that's a big problem, people have a drink, I guess after the show, maybe you have a drink just to get a little high, so the musicians, you know, they drink a little or maybe they smoke a little nothing, so they want to get a little high now they and those are really looking for some connection and it's what same with all those Bessie Smiths and all those. people because the world is a very difficult place to try to make it, so it's like that, everyone is like a buffer, all those drugs and stuff, and I guess if they get on you, you know they get on your side and then you can't stop it. .
I don't know hard things, so that's what I'm wondering. I guess I can see really violent hard drugs, because anything could be better than what they're going through, but unless you get to the point where you can say I'm in the fires of hell all day, you know they're not exactly those who have committed suicide, your colleagues, what white heroin, that seems to be the big one, yeah, no, I'm not qualified to talk about heroin because I've never taken it and I really don't. I don't mean to, you know, I'm sure it's just uh, it's probably the best high, you know, that's what it boils down to, it's the one that gets you high the fastest, but it turns out it also kills you the fastest, I mean , to all.
It kills you in one way or another and there are very few people who seem to be able to experience something like heroin and then get away from it because it just gets into their system and they become dependent on it. Don't know. It's sad, you know, it's very sad because everyone is looking for a deep love or something and they miss it, you know, it's much better to try and not take any drugs, you know, if you can be straight, really straight, then in a way It's a lot higher, I mean, I'm not really qualified to talk about that either, I mean, I'm sorry, well, I fell in the middle, you know, Indian music and drugs don't mix, as I understand it, no, there has been a big yes.
He said yes, there was a problem, you know that indie music really became popular during that 66-67, you know the whole psychedelic period and you think that after that most people started to associate it with drugs because the hippies, apart from the classical people, they used to go and check out the music anyway, like the hippie people at the time were the ones who caught on to the new music and it just happens that most of them knew I smoked weed or something and since then you know I don't know, maybe Ravi. You can explain how the two of them got trapped together, but it's really a problem, it's a problem for Ravi because he, you know, tries to do this and spends years and years of real disciplined life to be able to play this music and then people think, oh you.
I know it must have taken a while for me not to play so well, you know, and it's really, it's a terrible thing, you know, and someone is completely the opposite, the public doesn't really understand what all the bad things are, we can only talk about it. Yes, if we don't leave now.

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