Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This album saves lives

Amnesty International
50 years in the making. Worth every minute.
50 years ago, Bob Dylan started his professional career by picking up his guitar and playing at a coffee house in Greenwich Village.

That same year, British lawyer Peter Benenson launched a campaign to stand up for those imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. That campaign grew into a human rights movement, Amnesty International.

Through the decades, musicians have been among Amnesty's most inspiring and passionate allies in the fight against injustice. That's why I am proud to announce the release of a very special album -- Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.

Listen to Chimes of Freedom.

When we started asking musicians to contribute to the album, we weren't sure what to expect -- but the outpouring of generosity from the music community speaks for itself: more than 80 artists donated 76 songs, almost all released for sale for the very first time.

Chimes of Freedom has been called "genre-busting" by The New York Times. It's a diverse, inventive album that features musicians who care deeply about human rights.
"Music for a good cause. What more beautiful thing could you be a part of?" - Neil Finn with the Pajama Club (Performs "She Belongs to Me")
From the civil rights marches of the 1960s to Occupy Wall Street, music has always played a big part in social movements. Music can touch people's hearts and awaken our social conscience.
"I think musicians from around the world realize the value of freedom of expression." - Kris Kristofferson (Performs "Quinn the Eskimo")
Whether focused on human rights or the human heart, Dylan's songs have consistently spoken to the need for dignity and freedom -- the same ideals that inspire and drive our work at Amnesty International. So even though we chose Dylan for our 50th, you could also say that he chose us.
"Bob puts his arms all around humanity, around the world, around the universe in those songs." - Outernational (Performs "When the Ship Comes In")
Chimes of Freedom is dedicated to people worldwide who are unjustly imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. Buying this album will help protect human rights around the world.
"We all have a role to play. I cannot do it alone." - Angelique Kidjo (Performs "Lay, Lady, Lay")
Performers range from Miley Cyrus, 19, to legendary musician and activist Pete Seeger, who, at 92, performs Dylan's poignant "Forever Young" with a children's chorus.

We hope that you enjoy Chimes of Freedom as much as we do. Listen to clips and purchase your copy of Chimes of Freedom on the Amnesty website.


Helen Garrett
Director of Creative Services and Special Projects
Amnesty International USA
   "Even a partial list of contributors is jaw dropping" - The New York Times

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