Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Concert for Bangladesh : August 1, 1971




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Forty years ago (August 1, 1971), two seminal rock concerts were held at Madison Square Garden to provide relief for the starving people of Bangladesh. The concerts, organized by then recent ex-Beatle George Harrison, brought together an all-star cast of musicians including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar, Klaus Voormann, and Badfinger.

Although riddled with financial issues, the concert and subsequent album sales and movie receipts raised millions of dollars and provided a beginning for future musical benefits such as Live Aid and Farm Aid.

The concert only cemented George Harrison's status as an ultimate hero to young, impressionable rock fans like me. Now, almost ten years after his death, the effect is still felt.

1 Comments:

Blogger Gary said...

Love me some George. So much of that unique and identifiable Beatles sound came from him, despite John and Paul's genius.

Just for you Lightning, I'm going to post some George stuff for you.

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