on Feb. 25, 2008
February 25th, 2008 – Had he lived longer, former Beatle George Harrison would be 65 today. But Harrison, described by his family as peaceful, conscious of God and fearless of death, made a big impression on the world, and he continues to live in people's efforts to remember him.
One of these is an upcoming documentary about Harrison's life and work, from Academy award-winning director Martin Scorsese. With Harrison's widow Olivia on board as co-producer, and her extensive archival footage and home movies available to the film-makers, the film promises to be truly insightful.
"George Harrison's music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates today, and I'm looking forward to delving deeper," said Scorcese. The legendary helmer has already translated his passion for music into several documentaries, including the Bob Dylan biopic, "No Direction Home," and the Rolling Stones documentary "Shine a Light," which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last week.
Olivia Harrison added, "It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story."
The project is expected to take two years to complete, and further details will be released later this year.
ISKCON has also joined the surge of remembrance. The Bhaktivedanta Manor in England is planning a George Harrison Memorial Garden, in honor of the man who donated the mansion to them in the 1970s. But for the early ISKCON members behind this ongoing project, George was more than a benefactor: he was a friend and an inspiration.
George Harrison embraced the Hare Krishna tradition shortly after meeting ISKCON's founder Srila Prabhupada in 1969, and remained associated with its members until his death. His music often reflected this, most notably My Sweet Lord, from the1970 album All Things Must Pass. He also produced the single "Hare Krishna Mantra", performed by the devotees of the London Radha Krishna Temple.