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Joshua Greene & Godfrey Townsend
The Open Center is hosting 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 George Harrison, 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. Professor 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
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:30 pm
Members $25/ Nonmembers $30
New York Open Center
Joshua M. Greene is author of the best-selling biography Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison. He lived for 13 years as a Hindu monk, taught at Hofstra University until his retirement in 2013 and is currently working on a book that explores the ancient Vedic view of science.
Godfrey Townsend, a renowned musician and singer, the musical director for the Happy Together tour and lead guitarist for The Yardbirds. He has played with some of the greatest names in rock ’n’ roll, including John Entwistle (The Who), Jack Bruce (Cream), Alan Parsons (The Alan Parsons Project) and Dave Mason (Traffic). He is a frequent headliner at concerts around the globe. His latest album is “Easy Journey to Other Planets.