The Came the Lightening: Twenty Poems for George book of poetry is set to be released June 21 by author and producer, Olivia Harrison, George Harrison’s wife since 1978. Dedicated to her late husband after the 20th anniversary year of his passing, the year they wed in 1978 also saw the birth of Dhani Harrison, the duo's child and now a prominent musician in his own right.
OLIVIA TRINIDAD HARRISON first worked in the music industry in Los Angeles, for A&M Records, where she met former Beatle George, and later helped run his Dark Horse record label. Olivia co-produced the Grammy award winning film of the 2002 Concert for George which she organized in memory of George. Olivia is also a director of the Material World Foundation, a charity set up by George in 1973, overseeing the Foundation’s ongoing work in encouraging and promoting the exploration of alternate and diverse forms of artistic expression, and philosophies.
“Here on the shore, twenty years later,” Olivia Harrison told, “my message in a bottle has reached dry land. Words about our life, his death but mostly love and our journey to the end.“
In Came the Lightening, Olivia has curated a selection of photographs and mementos to accompany the collection of poems, including never-before-seen pictures of herself and George. Martin Scorsese, a longtime friend, and director of the 2011 documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World has written the foreword that calls the book “an autobiography in both rhyme and reason.” Scorsese goes on to say, “She might have done an oral history or a memoir. Instead, she composed a work of poetic autobiography.”
CAME THE LIGHTENING: Twenty Poems for George by Olivia Harrison
will be published as a hardcover, by Genesis Publications, on June 21, 2022
($35.00 | 9781905662739 | 104 pages | 33 color illustrations).
— Reported BY CAROL ANNE SZEL