INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Beatles and the blues

George Harrison with Ravi Shankar, 1970

"Sexual intercourse began in 1963, noted Philip Larkin, between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles' first LP. The career of Indian classical music in the western world began roughly three years later, when George Harrison, alerted to Ravi Shankar's virtuosity by the Byrds, took a short crash course in the sitar from the Indian musician."

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