George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a new documentary that premieres October 5th and 6th on HBO.
Finally, a film directed by Martin Scorsese that doesn’t have Leonardo DiCaprio in it!
Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the greatest guitarists in music history.
After the breakup of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]George Harrison[/lastfm] proved he could make it on his own. He released his first solo album, All Things Must Pass, in November 1970. The triple-album peaked at #1 in both the U.K. and U.S., where it sold nearly six million copies. The single, “My Sweet Lord,” spent four weeks in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first #1 hit for an ex-Beatle.
In August 1971 at the request of his good friend, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ravi Shankar[/lastfm], George organized a charity concert to raise money for refugees of the Bangladesh Liberation War. The Concert for Bangladesh took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden and featured performances by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Dylan[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eric Clapton[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] and others. The concert was recorded and later released as a live album and film.
George Harrison’s success continued with 1973′s Living in the Material World. Again, the album peaked at #1 on the charts and produced the hit single, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).” During this time, George began branching out, writing and producing for other artists. He also formed HandMade Films, a film production and distribution company.
In 1974, however, George Harrison’s career took a blow. His album, Dark Horse, received harsh reviews and was criticized for its poor songwriting and vocals. He continued releasing unsuccessful albums, culminating with 1982′s Gone Troppo. That album was a commercial flop. George’s disenchantment with the music industry reached an all-time high, and he decided to take an indefinite break from recording.
But after a five-year hiatus, George Harrison began itching to make new music and released Cloud Nine in 1987. The album, highly praised by critics, put George back on top of the charts and introduced him to a new generation of music fans. Cloud Nine sold one million copies and spawned the #1 single, “Got My Mind Set on You,” which is Jack’s Song of the Day. “Got My Mind Set on You” was George’s first mainstream hit in nearly 15 years.
Cloud Nine would be George’s last album released during his lifetime. In 1997, he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away four years later at the age of 58. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2004.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World is a new documentary that airs October 5th and 6th on HBO. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese and co-produced by George’s widow, Olivia, features previously unseen footage of the ex-Beatle, plus interviews with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yoko Ono[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Tom Petty[/lastfm] and others. George Harrison: Living in the Material World will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 10th.
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