The Concert For Bangladesh, August 1, 1971


The Concert For Bangladesh

Released 19th November 1995

"Really it was Ravi Shankar’s idea. He wanted to do something like this and was telling me about his concern and asking me if I had any suggestions. Then after half an hour he talked me into being on the show."


On August 1st, 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar staged two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden that brought together a star-studded cast of musicians to alert the world to the plight of the Bangladeshi people - victims of simultaneous floods, famine and civil war.

The Concert for Bangladesh was one of the most ambitious humanitarian efforts in rock music history, and focused global attention on the crisis in Bangladesh while raising new awareness of UNICEF and its role in the developing world. It pioneered the all-star concert benefit model.

The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children, including health, education, nutrition and emergency relief. In the tradition established by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF continues to support UNICEF programs in Bangladesh while expanding its influence to include other countries where children are in need.  Click here to read more about the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF programs worldwide.

To support The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, click here.

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