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- Posted on Jul 29th 2011 5:30PM by Jason MacNeil
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The star-studded concerts (one at noon and the other in the evening) took place Aug. 1st at New York's Madison Square Garden, and featured Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, the late Billy Preston, Ringo Starr and Leon Russell, among others. It also marked the first time Harrison played live since the Beatles had broken up.
Funds from the concert went to UNICEF while sales of the concert DVD and CD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF. And now artists such as Arcade Fire, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, Clapton, Starr, Paul Simon and Brian Wilson are paying tribute to 'The Concert for Bangladesh' by encouraging fans and friends during the month of August (designated 'Month of Giving') to donate to Harrison's fund to assist famine- and "drought-stricken regions in the Horn of Africa."
If you can't find the time this weekend to turn back the clock 40 years and relive this special event (though, we suggest you make some), this isn't your only chance to experience the magic.
Between the album of artist performances released in 1971, the 1972 Harrison-produced film and subsequent DVD and documentary in later years, there's enough material to enjoy with the landmark event without going online. But, if you ask us, watching a stream of 'The Concert for Bangladesh' with other Harrison fans from around the world seems pretty fitting considering his unifying vision for the Aug. 1 event.