The hits keep rolling, and for part 37 of my youtube countdown I present this incredible and rare video of George Harrison and Bob Dylan playing Bob’s “If Not For You.” Holy shit, where to begin. First of all, this was a rehearsal for George’s “Concert for Bangladesh” show, the first rock charity show ever. George was Bob Dylan’s biggest fan, worshiping all his music, his whole life. At this point in Dylan’s life, he was in exile in Woodstock not wanting to make any public appearances, but somehow George convinced to appear at his Madison Square Garden mega show to play a set. Bob was nervous as fuck, having panic attacks and throwing up back stage before the actual show. George wasn’t sure if Bob would have the nerve to do it, but he did, and it inspired Dylan to get out there on the road again. This video speaks for itself. Two icons of musical genius expression, playing one of Bob’s most gentle songs from his New Morning album, (George covered the song on his All Things Must Pass record just the year before.) Just a fantastic moment in music history. Enjoy.
Tags: 60s rock, 70s rock, All Things Must Pass, Bob Dylan, folk, folk pop, folk rock, George Harrison, If Not For You, Madison Square Garden, MSG, New Morning, Phil Spector, Robert Zimmerman, Rock and Roll, the Beatles, The Concert for Bangladesh, willie simpson