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Concert for Bangladesh

I’ve been in a total George Harrison mood these past few days, and as a result I put the Concert for Bangladesh on my Netflix, only to realize today that I actually own it, haha. It was hidden away in my closet, this really nice DVD box set with a poster and sticker and postcards and everything. So of course I had to watch it right away. :)

This was the first real benefit concert of its kind (it was 1971). George arranged the whole thing and it includes Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Ringo Starr, to name a few. One of my favorite numbers was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” with a guitar-duet by Eric and George at the end (I found out later that Eric was completely out of his head during this performance):

Also, a really amazing performance by Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan (the last couple minutes, around 18:00, are incredible!):

More about the concert.

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