Asked by his friend Ravi Shankar for advice on how to raise money to help the people of Bangladesh, the area of East Pakistan that had been ravaged by civil war and famine, ex-Beatle George Harrison put together the all-star benefit concert seen here. Filmed in front of 20,000 fans at
New York's Madison Square Gardens on August 1, 1971, THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH showcases Harrison at the peak of his solo career, and also features fine performances from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr.
The film opens with an excerpt from a press conference at which Harrison and Shankar explain the purpose of the concert. Onstage, Harrison in...