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


George Harrison discusses the influence he has over his fans and his experiences in using LSD with The Beatles.

Date aired – November 23, 1971 – George Harrison, Ravi Shankar and Gary Wright

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  1. Steve Fortuna says

    What a thoughtful, introspective, gentle man. I recommend to anyone who does anything creative to try LSD at least once in their life, but it's a personal choice and none of any government's business.

  2. Aracely Emmett says

    George sneaks in his own commercial on the virtues of LSD.

  3. Micheal Huff says

    Jesus H Christ…This interview is DRAAAGING

  4. Paul says

    Monty Python yessss!! Dick is such a dick !!!!


    Dick is a dick…

  6. smokinhalf says

    the rutles took tea!

  7. Fin buu says

    That's too much charisma for a single human being 😂

  8. J A C C says

    I sometimes forget how pretentious folks were back then.

  9. kayra can says

    7:59 yes.

  10. Yilobemo says

    George Harrison acknowledging Pandit (Master) Ravi Shankar's musical talent and setting the records straight was overwhelming.

  11. Jay Carr says

    There already on a bad trip before they start🙌

  12. Uniongamers says

    Dick Cavett is probably one of the best talk show hosts ever. Period.

  13. Brad West says

    Shadow hero. Love this guy

  14. EDG says

    What is this false belief that psychedelics lead to "hard drug" use? is it some propaganda term the government projected in the 70s? if anything psychedelics help people realise their situation and stop using terrible drugs like alcohol

  15. James Keyes says

    I've never actually seen a separate interview with George. What an intelligent soft spoken guy. Not afraid to speak his mind. Very enjoyable. And Cavett is one of the best interviewers. Miss him.

  16. Tomira Sundial says

    Gawd he looks so creepy here, can't watch the video to the end.

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  18. Uncle Bob says

    Dick is such a dick!

  19. Nina The Potato says

    i love him.

  20. matty parr30 says

    Young george harrison. Dude looked cool back then.

  21. LM says

    George Harrison has always been a stand up guy and a decent guy. God looks over him

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