Living in the Material World: George Harrison exhibit at the Grammy Museum at LA Live

George Harrison's life is celebrated ten years after his death in the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.  Photo: Matt Payne

LOS ANGELES, Ca,  January 23, 2012 - Honoring the ten-year anniversary of the passing of legendary Beatle George Harrison, the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles hosts an engaging and powerful exhibit featuring many of the musician’s personal effects, iconic pieces of wardrobe, letters, sketchbooks and of course many of the renowned musician’s instruments.

The exhibit, located on the museum’s second floor features handwritten lyrics to songs like “Something,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “All Things Must Pass.”  Fans can run their eyes across the carefully written words as the songs play in their fullest expression in the background. 

In addition to the many guitars Harrison used while playing with The Beatles, fans can find other instruments that were a rich part of Harrison’s life as well. While he is most commonly known as the lead guitar player for the Beatles, Harrison spent much time in India learning to play the Sitar under the tutelage of Sitar master Ravi Shankar. Harrison was also a fan of the ukulele, usually traveling with two at a time so that his friends could play with him.  Harrison’s ukuleles, ukulele banjos, and his sitar are also on display at the museum. 

The exhibit is opened in conjunction with the release of “Living in the Material World,” a book of photography and quotes about George put together by his wife Olivia. The book is released along with the Martin Scorsese documentary which originally aired on HBO and will be available on DVD at a later date.

While the exhibit offers much insight into Harrison as a musician, what one unfamiliar with the complex life of the shy Beatle will quickly see that there is much more to Harrison than his decade as a member of one of the world’s most influential bands.


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Matt Payne

Matt Payne has lived and worked as both a television writer and producer in Los Angeles for nearly ten years.  Matt grew up in Oklahoma City and began his career with a degree in Film and Video Studies from the University of Oklahoma.  Since then, he has worked as part of writing staffs for such hits as 24 andWithout A Trace. Most recently Matt wrote and produced episodes of CBS’s The Defenders starring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell and Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee, which is set to air on TNT in August of 2011.

In addition to a successful television-writing career, Matt has developed features with major production companies and continues to work as a freelance script analyst for Relativity Media, the production company behind such hits as The Fighter, Zombieland, and Catfish where he has provided script feed back on nearly a thousand features.

When he is not writing and producing television, Matt works as contributor to the Washington Times Communities Travel section, where he has writing skills have taken him from the top of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpar to the jungles of the Philippine Islands.  New York City’s finest restaurants to the earthquake ravaged Port au Prince Haiti. 

Matt was the winner of the 2004 Comedy writing award for Scriptapolooza, a finalist for the Warner Brothers Television Writer’s workshop, and is an active participant in Los Angeles’s Young Storytellers Program.  

Early in his career, Matt spent two years working as an assistant the Endeavor, which is now part of WME, the second largest talent agency in the world, working closely with such talent as Christian Bale and Michael Douglass.

Matt  is a member of  the Writer’s Guild of America and the Screen Actor’s Guild.

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