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Friday, July 29, 2011

1971-2011: The Concert for Bangladesh

It's 11:59pm on Friday night - the live streaming of The Concert for Bangladesh has begun.  It's a 72-hour event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the late George Harrison's most important contributions to music history.

In 1971 at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, one of the very first goodwill concerts was staged when George Harrison of The Beatles orchestrated and staged The Concert for Bangladesh.  The show was held August 1 and the music and entertainment world is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the show by streaming the entire concert for free on itunes and other sites, like Harrison's own online home.  See:  CBS News on the 40th anniversary show. 

Here is the movie trailer:

Years later, Harrison's friends, led by legendary guitarist Eric Clapton, paid tribute to George's life when they performed The Concert for George in London.  Here is a terrific video from the show, featuring Eric Clapton on lead vocals and guitar, backed by Harrison's son, Dhani, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his Dad:

Without a doubt, the Concert for Bangladesh seeded the idea for big shows to follow, such as Live Aid (1985), Farm Aid, No-Nukes and the legendary Concert for New York (2001).  The concert is still helping to attract donations and create awareness for the UNICEF Fund created in the late George Harrison's memory.

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