Genesis Publications New Release I Me Mind George Harrison Extended Edition
Genesis Publications

I Me Mine: A Q&A with Genesis Publications on George Harrison's Special Extended Edition

Genesis Publications is the world's leading publisher of signed limited edition books and photographic prints covering music, modern culture, art.

During the Rock Hall's 2012 Induction Week in Cleveland, our Library & Archives had its grand opening and hosted a special event with that year's Inductees Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones to celebrate the release of their new Genesis book Faces 1969-1975. Since that time, Genesis Publications has generously donated a copy of each of their music-related titles to the Rock Hall, and now our Library & Archives holds nearly 40 rock and roll titles from the Genesis catalog that the public can enjoy, including books on Bob Marley, Lou Reed, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and many other Rock Hall Inductees.

Now we're featuring a Q&A with Genesis about the release of I ME MINE: The Extended Edition, a comprehensive record of two-time Inductee George Harrison's work and life. 

Rock Hall: How did you come to donate copies of your books to the Rock Hall's Library & Archives?

Genesis: We began by donating the Faces, 1969-75 edition when the Faces were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012 and since then we have donated every book we have published, plus all the books that were available in 2012. As such, the L&A represents one of the largest collections of Genesis books in the world that is available for the public to see.

How does Genesis help to preserve and tell the stories of rock's history?

We have worked closely with many iconic authors to create highly individual and personal books that reflect a lifetime of creativity. Previous authors have included amongst others; Eric Clapton, David Bowie, George Harrison, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Jimmy Page, Mick Fleetwood and Jeff Beck.

How do you determine which artists you work with?

In common with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we work with artists who have a created a much-loved and respected body of work that we aim to celebrate in our books.

Tell us more about I Me Mine: The Extended Edition and how it came about

In 1980, Brian Roylance (the late founder of Genesis Publications) met George Harrison via the Beatles press officer Derek Taylor and they became friends. George admired the fist-ever Genesis book published - the captain's journal of the “Mutiny on the Bounty" - and agreed to create a book of his handwritten lyrics, which became I ME MINE. In 2016, we worked with Olivia Harrison to bring the book up-to-date adding the songs post-1980, hand-written lyrics, photographs, commentary and notes to create a complete record of Harrison’s life and songwriting.

Tell us about the photographs and artifacts included in your books

By working directly with the artists we have been given access to their own archives and those of the people they have worked with closely with over the years. We also do a huge amount of research ourselves and try hard to uncover rare material that has never been seen before.

How often do you publish a new book, and how long does it usually take to create one?

We create about three to four limited edition signed books a year, some with an accompanying signed print series. The time it takes to produce a book varies greatly from a few months to 20 years! George Harrison and Brian Roylance discussed a book about the The Traveling Wilburys in 1989 but it did not come to fruition until 2009.

about the book

In his own words I ME MINE - The Extended Edition now covers the full span of Harrison's life and work with lyrics to 141 songs (more than 50 of which are new), an extended text commentary and new photographs. At 632 pages, the entire work is reproduced in colour throughout and in 2017 was presented for Genesis subscribers as an exclusive book and vinyl boxed set. The numbered, estate-stamped limited edition of 1,000 fine bound copies is now fully subscribed.

These special Publisher's Copies include an open edition copy of I ME MINE presented in a beautiful slipcase with an exclusive 6" x 4" photographic print and a bookplate signed by the publishers, Catherine and Nicholas Roylance. The Publisher's Copies are being created and made available for a limited time to commemorate the 75th anniversary of George Harrison's birthday, 25th February 2018.