Rare footage of George Harrison watching The Beatles perform ‘This Boy’
Dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault, we’re revisiting the moment former Beatle George Harrison spent some time reminiscing about the old days.
The footage, which came to light as part of the Living in the Material World documentary directed by Martin Scorsese, sees Harrison rewatching footage of The Beatles performing ‘This Boy’ in 1963.
“I gave that guitar away,’ Harrison recalls when the clip begins to play. “Good song though,” he adds while looking into the camera with a beaming smile on his face. The documentary, which follows Harrison’s story from his early life in Liverpool, the Beatlemania phenomenon and on to his travels to India, was made shortly after his death in 2001.
“That subject matter has never left me,” Scorsese said about the film. “The more you’re in the material world, the more there is a tendency for a search for serenity and a need to not be distracted by physical elements that are around you. His music is very important to me, so I was interested in the journey that he took as an artist. The film is an exploration. We don’t know. We’re just feeling our way through.”
Famously named after Harrison’s fourth studio album, the clip in this article is said to have been filmed around 1975-76 as he reflects on the early formative years of the Beatles. “John was as blind as a bat but he’d never wear his glasses so he couldn’t see a thing,” he says while laughing and singing along to the song.