The Concert for Bangladesh Streaming Free on iTunes

A quick heads up: You can stream The Concert for Bangladesh for free on iTunes this weekend. Exactly 40 years ago (August 1, 1971), Beatles’ guitarist George Harrison and sitarist Ravi Shankar teamed up to stage two benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden, hoping to raise money for refugees from East Pakistan (now independent Bangladesh). The concert film came out a year later in 1972, and now, to mark its anniversary, the good folks at Apple are streaming the film for free. Acts include Ravi Shankar, George Harrison (his first since The Beatles’ breakup), Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and more.

Our friends on Twitter (follow us here) tell us that the film should be accessible throughout most of the world, although there are some exceptions. Apologies in advance if you run into difficulties. H/T to Ed.

Note: NPR is carrying a video stream of The Newport Folk Festival. Catch it here.


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  1. Seb says . . . | July 30, 2011 / 3:41 pm

    there’s nothing “free” about iTunes… so only if you’ve sold your soul to Apple’s walled garden App Prison you can watch this. no thanks

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