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Joshua Greene, Godfrey Townsend, and Michael Also
Join the Open Center for an exciting tribute to George Harrison, featuring live music, film clips, narration, and a rarely seen interview of Harrison in his later years. The author of an acclaimed biography of the musician, Joshua M. Greene, will be joined by renowned singer and guitarist, Godfrey Townsend, to trace Harrison’s rise from the streets of postwar Liverpool to the summit of pop stardom, his discovery of spirituality in the ragas of Ravi Shankar, and his efforts to bring the other Beatles along on his journey to self-realization.
Greene will also examine the role that yoga and chanting played in Harrison’s post-Beatles musical compositions, while Townsend provides performances of the songs to illustrate that influence.
Don’t miss this fascinating evening that celebrates the most spiritual of the Beatles, and offers a unique lens through which to view his crucial, but rarely examined role in the phenomenal rise of yoga culture in the West.
An Evening Event
Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:30 pm
Members $25/ Nonmembers $30
New York Open Center
Joshua M. Greene, who taught at Hofstra University and the Jivamukti Yoga School, is the author of three books, including the best-selling biography Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison. Greene has also been a monk, a consultant to religious agencies working for peace, and the director of Strategic Planning for the UN Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.
Godfrey Townsend, a renowned musician and singer who currently tours with the Alan Parsons Project, has played with some of the greatest names in rock ’n’ roll, including John Entwhistle (The Who), Jack Bruce (Cream), and Dave Mason (Traffic). He is a frequent headliner at concerts around the globe. His latest album is Easy Journey to Other Planets.
Michael Also has been producing and performing for more than 15 years. His work has been recognized by Greg Lake (ELP, King Crimson), Seal, Zedd, and Geoff Emerick (Beatles’ sound engineer) to name a few. He has recorded with New York bands Towards Violet and This Loch Ness Monster and has been a part of Godfrey Townsend’s live show for four years. Michael joined the Here Comes the Sun Tribute in 2018.