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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