Beatlemania began 49 years ago, and on Oct. 4 at Alice Tully Hall, it was clear many maniacs are alive and well.

For Martin Scorsese’s 3 1/2-hour, two-part docu “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” every interviewee from Billy Preston to Eric Clapton had a cheering section.

Scorsese thanked Harrison himself (“the man, the artist, and the soul”), while the singer-songwriter’s widow, Olivia Harrison, said, “I wasn’t sure I wanted to open up our lives like this, but I’m so glad we did.”

Scorsese was granted permission to make the HBO docu because he assured the Harrisons that he would focus on George’s spiritual side as well as his rock ‘n’ roll career. But there were plenty of folks happy to hear the music, too. – — Sam Thielman

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