CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH / ANNIVERSARY

01-Aug-2006
Today marks the 35th Anniversary of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar's Concert for Bangladesh for UNICEF which took place on August 1st 1971 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. UNICEF

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STORY: CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH / ANNIVERSARY
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 1 AUGUST 2006, MADISON SQARE GARDEN, NYC / FILE

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, exterior Madison Square Garden
2. Wide shot stage with (left to right) Ken Dashow (Classic Rock Radio Announcer from Q104.3), Scott Pascucci (President Rhino Entertainments), Ann M. Venemen (UNICEF Executive Director), Olivia Harrison, Jay Marciano (President, MSG Entertainment).
3. Pan right audience
4. Med shot, Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director UNICEF
5. Med shot, Jay Marciano (President, MSG Entertainment) handing Olivia Harrison the commemorative plaque
6. Various shots, photo ops
7. Close up, Walk of Fame plaques
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Olivia Harrison:
" I think that he would probably say that he was more concerned about the legacy of 'Tthe Concernt for Bangladesh' than his own legacy, the spirit behind it and thats very important because we cannot afford to be complacent; there's too much going on in the world and I'll repeat what I said before I hope that maybe this concert for bangladesh' , when people see it or they see the plaque, they'll be thinking how fortunate we really are and our duty to help those in need "

FILE: ARCHIVE (UNICEF) - 1 AUGUST 1971, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NYC

9. Various shots, Concert for Bangladesh (black & white)

STORYLINE:

35 years ago former Beatle George Harrison changed the way rock musicians impact the world around them.

Before Band Aid or Live Aid came the Concert for Bangladesh. The first high profile rock concert to raise money for humanitarian causes.

Today, more than 3 decades later, Madison Square Garden has commemorated that event by presenting George Harrison's wife Olivia with a plaque for the arena's 'Walk of Fame'.

Also present at the ceremony were Ann M. Venemen, UNICEF Executive Director, Ken Dashow, rock radio announcer from Q104.3, Scott Pascucci, President Rhino Entertainments, and Jay Marciano, President, MSG Entertainment.

The event marked the first time in the Madison Square Garden's history that a concert or event is honored on the Walk of Fame.

This plaque is a small way of remembering the enormous contribution George Harrison made in raising awareness of the plight of children in emergencies. A legacy his family is keeping alive in partnership with UNICEF for children around the world.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) OLIVIA HARRISON:
"I think that he would probably say that he was more concerned about the legacy of The Concert for Bangladesh' than his own legacy, the spirit behind it and thats very important because we cannot afford to be complacent; there's too much going on in the world and I'll repeat what I said before I hope that maybe this 'concert for bangladesh' , when people see it or they see the plaque, they'll be thinking how fortunate we really are and our duty to help those in need "

The 1971 charity show, which also featured Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Bob Dylan, among others, is considered to be the first-ever star-studded benefit concert.

The Concert for Bangladesh supported relief efforts by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund.

The Concert was one of the most ambitious and selfless humanitarian efforts in music history. It produced an extraordinary contribution for UNICEF, exceeding $15 million to date. This was the first concert of its kind and inspired many others such as Band Aid, LiveAid and Farm Aid.

Perhaps more importantly, 'The Concert for Bangladesh' raised the consciousness of other musicians and millions of their young fans to a new awareness of UNICEF and its role in the developing world.

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