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Paul McCartney historic concert for Transcendental Meditation to be broadcast on PBS
by Global Good News staff writer
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14 February 2012
The first annual 'Change Begins Within' benefit event was the hugely successful concert featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The sold-out benefit concert, which took place in 2009, aimed to 'raise funds to teach one million at-risk children the Transcendental Meditation Technique—giving them life-long tools to overcome stress and violence and promote peace and success in their lives.'
This goal was announced in a press release at the time from the David Lynch Foundation, the sponsor of the event. The concert resulted in an explosion of global news coverage, including more than 3,000 press articles and hundreds television and radio reports, greatly increasing public awareness of the Foundation's programmes.
Now the video of the concert, which was over four hours long, has been edited down to an 88-minute show. The show will be aired nationally in the United States on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), a network known for its thoughtful programming in education, news, culture, and the arts.
The broadcast of the concert, which was held in Radio City Music Hall in New York City, is expected to be on the air in April, around the third anniversary of the concert.
Before that, Transcendental Meditation centres all over the country, and possibly worldwide, will be playing an advanced showing of the newly edited benefit event film.
The historic 'Change Begins Within' benefit concert featured the two surviving Beatles reunited on stage. In addition, dozens of guests, including Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Moby, Paul Horn, Bettye LaVette, and Jim James performed. David Lynch, award-winning film director and founder of the David Lynch Foundation, also spoke about the powerful effect Transcendental Meditation can have in the lives of young students.
McCartney agreed, saying about students utilizing Transcendental Meditation:
'I would like to think that it would help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world.'
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