The Concert for Bangladesh Photos (25 Photos) – 1 August 1971

the Concert for Bangladesh.

 

The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind in that it brought together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause – setting the precedent that music could be used to serve a higher cause.

The concert sold out Madison Square Garden and along with the Grammy ® Award-winning triple-album boxset, and the feature film, has generated millions of dollars for UNICEF and raised awareness for the organization around the world, as well as among other musicians and their fans. It is therefore acknowledged as the inspiration and forerunner to the major global fundraising events of recent years.

 

To quote the former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “George and his friends were pioneers.”

 

 

Bob Dylan and George Harrison If Not For You rehearsal of Concert for Bangladesh

The Concert for Bangladesh (or Bangla Desh, as the country was originally spelled) was the name for two benefit concerts organised by former Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at 2.30 and 8 pm on Sunday, 1 August 1971,c

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playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Bob Dylan is seen performing at a benefit concert for Bangladesh refugees at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Aug. 1, 1971.

The shows were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide. The concerts were followed by a bestselling live album, a boxed three-record set, and Apple Films’ concert documentary, which opened in cinemas in the spring of 1972.

 

George and Leon Rusell backstage at The Concert for Bangladesh, New York, 1971...

George and Leon Rusell backstage at The Concert for Bangladesh, New York, 1971…

 

George with Klaus Voormann, Jim Horn and the band during rehearsals for the concert for Bangladesh, New York, 1971...

George with Klaus Voormann, Jim Horn and the band during rehearsals for the concert for Bangladesh, New York, 1971…

 

Bob Dylan, Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971, by Henry Diltz.v

The event was the first-ever benefit concert of such a magnitude[1] and featured a supergroup of performers that included Harrison, fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and the band Badfinger. In addition, Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan – both of whom had ancestral roots in Bangladesh – performed an opening set of Indian classical music

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The concerts raised close to US$250,000 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF

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the Concert for Bangladesh is recognised as a highly successful and influential humanitarian aid project, generating both awareness and considerable funds as well as providing valuable lessons and inspiration for projects that followed notably Live Aid

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By 1985, through revenue raised from the Concert for Bangladesh live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief.

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Concert for Bangladesh Photos From the First-Ever Rock Roll Benefit Show

Eric Clapton..concert for bang

 

George Harrison & Bob Dylan ♥ just two of my most favorite musicians of all time.

George Harrison and Bob Dylan (during Concert For Bangladesh)

George Harrison and Bob Dylan, Bangladesh, 1971

George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan look at each other as they perform during a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Aug. 1, 1971. The proceeds from the concert will aid refugees of East Pakistan. (AP Photo)
George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan look at each other as they perform during a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Aug. 1, 1971. The proceeds from the concert will aid refugees of East Pakistan. (AP Photo)

George with Bob Dylan, Concert For Bangladesh

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“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” is a song written by Bob Dylan that was originally released on his seminal album Highway 61 Revisited, and also included on the compilation album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits 2 that was released in Europe. An alternate version of the song appears on The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” has been covered by numerous artists, including the seminal album Super Session featuring Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield and Steven Stills, The Allman Brothers Band, Marianne Faithfull, Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead, Stephen Stills, Ian Matthews, Leon Russell, Little Feat, Chris Smither, Taj Mahal, Steve Earle, Levon Helm and Toto

 

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