27 April 2007

r.e.m. covers lennon for darfur...

my man larry cox, the very intense and very cool executive director at amnesty international usa, sent this letter to me and because i'm so crazy for john lennon and the access that yoko has given amnesty to his musical treasure trove that i'm giving it up to you...

oh, and when i lived in athens ga from 78' - 85' i met michael, peter, mike, and bill - the r.e.m. dudes (and even hung at the old church where they practiced next to rick the printer's shop where i apprenticed for $1 and hour - or was that a day? - and ll the espresso and cheap yugoslavian red i could drink) - and my claim to fame with the rock n' roll hall of fame boys??? i told them,

"you're okay but i don't see you going any where,"
... ahhhhhhh, my bad...

but hey, remember --- instant karma's gonna get you...

here's larry's letter... peace out <3>

Dear Human Rights Advocate,

Some things just go together – peanut butter and jelly, fireworks and the 4th of July, Laverne and Shirley. And let's not forget about music and human rights.

Throughout time, people and communities have leveraged their voices, instruments, lyrics and performance to pursue ideals of justice, freedom, and courage – and to confront and defeat danger and persecution.

Today more than 50 musical artists have joined our most recent international effort that harnesses the power of music to inspire and mobilize millions around the world to act and stand up to end the mass-scale violence taking place in Darfur, Sudan.

Instant Karma: The Campaign to Save Darfur – benefiting Amnesty International’s human rights work – will feature iconic songs by John Lennon recorded by an array of best-selling artists including Green Day, Christina Aguilera, Snow Patrol, The Postal Service and many more. The full album will be available in June, but you can get a sneak preview by downloading two advance songs by artists R.E.M and Los Lonely Boys available now on iTunes.

Don’t just read about our first two track releases – download them and hear for yourself why they are getting so much buzz.

R.E.M. – recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – performs Lennon’s "#9 Dream." With drummer Bill Berry back for this one recording, it marks the first time the entire band has been in the studio together since Berry retired in 1997. Download the song.Roots rock sensations Los Lonely Boys perform Lennon’s "Whatever gets you through the night." They dub their own sound as Texican Rock and Roll and bring a whole new perspective to the John Lennon classic. Download the song.

I'm so proud to kick start this campaign and call attention to the groundswell of Amnesty-led events and actions to help end the catastrophe in Darfur. To find out more about our campaign and our work visit www.instantkarma.org.

Almost 20 years ago, Amnesty made history with our Human Rights Now concerts – calling attention to human rights abuses around the world. With your enthusiasm and support, we will recapture the world’s attention through music and channel the momentum to help end the dire human rights crisis happening in Darfur.


Larry Cox

Executive Director

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