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Concerts for Bangladesh

Update : 16 Dec 2013, 02:34 AM

June 21

On June 21, 1971 (over a month before the famous New York concerts), “John Lennon and Yoko Ono, along with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, and T. Rex (among many others), [lent] their support to Edgar Broughton’s, Save A Life, an appeal in aid of the East Pakistani refugees in Bangladesh, which is launched by the Daily Mirror newspaper in London

August 1

The Concert for Bangladesh is considered a landmark event in rock music history. Famously, George Harrison was inspired to stage the concert after Ravi Shankar had approached him with a suggestion that he hoped could raise twenty thousand dollars for refugees fleeing the war in Bangladesh following the Pakistani military clampdown of March 1971.

The two concerts on August 1, 1971 were highly successful with a cheque for US$243,418.50 being immediately sent to UNICEF. However, both the UK and US governments held up much of the subsequent fifteen million dollars generated by the best selling Grammy award winning concert album and film for several years.

Another Western artist who referenced the Bangladesh liberation struggle was Joan Baez with her song “The Story of Bangladesh”

September 18

Although less well remembered than the George Harrison concert, perhaps because it was not officially recorded for a film and LP, was the September 1971 concert attended by tens of thousands at the Oval cricket ground in South London, headlined by The Who and The Faces in their Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood heyday  

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