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Movie-A-Day #56: The Concert for Bangladesh (1971).

February 25, 2011

George Harrison made his name as The Quiet Beatle, but he was a lot more than just merely shy. He was a deeply spiritual and compassionate humanitarian who not only introduced these themes into his songs, but who also put those values into action. In the early 1970s, the fledgling nation of Bangladesh was a mess with political turmoil and a bloody civil war. These problems were compounded by a massive cyclone that killed at least half a million people and left the nation’s infrastructure in ruins. So Harrison organized “The Concert for Bangladesh,” a live show supplemented by a film and soundtrack album designed to raise money for UNICEF to help the country right itself. It was a star-studded event that created the template for the decades of celebrity humanitarianism that followed. Harrison would have been 68 today.

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