George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison, has halted outsider plans to erect a statute of "The Quiet Beatle" in his adopted English hometown of Henley-On-Thames. Local fan, James Lambert had sent a petition for the statue to Olivia as a tribute to the late Beatle, who died of cancer in 2001 at age 58. The BBC reported that Olivia's reps informed Lambert that she would prefer "a community project in his name." Harrison purchased Friar Park in Henley-On-Thames on January 14th, 1970
Lambert went on to explain, "The statue could create problems of different types of fans turning up, the unwanted fans. Gauging the pulse in terms of Henley residents I think there was a lot of support. This petition wasn't tapping into the Beatles fanfare worldwide, it was much more to recognize George's contribution to Henley and the affection Henley had for him. It is slightly disappointing but you have to respect Olivia's wishes, as she still has a house in Henley, Friar Park. And I think the danger was it wouldn't just become a Henley acknowledgment of George's work but would encourage more people to visit Henley."
He went on to say: "I think what she's suggesting in terms of a community project would be great and it'll be very exciting to see exactly how this transpires."
Olivia Harrison has taken a hands-on approach to Harrison's legacy, representing him in all Beatles matters, as well as revamping his entire solo catalogue.
Despite all the attention lavished on early collections, All Things Must Pass and Living In The Material World -- along with his late-'70s and '80s work -- two mid-'70s Harrison fan favorites, 1974's Dark Horse and 1975's Extra Texture (Read All About It), have yet to be reissued.
Robert Rodriguez, author of the groundbreaking, Revolver - How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll and his two groundbreaking Beatles FAQ books, explained that Extra Texture at first made for a confusing listen for Beatles fans: "For a lot of people, when they're first hearing of anything from that album, was the 'You' single -- which is this great, upbeat, joyous sounding record. And then if they thet then bought the album. . . it's this album's worth of nothing else that sounds like that on the album. It is an R&B record. It's very soulful, very blue, and I think it disappointed people who were expecting to find another single on it. And certainly there might have been, at the time, this sort of lingering, from the (1974) Dark Horse tour, this perception of George, y'know, not being at his best. Y'know, maybe they were just so disenfranchised with the Harrison persona at the time that they weren't even gonna cut him any slack."