Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. Two weeks from today on January 24th, 2012, “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International” a four CD set with over 80 artists and 75 songs will be available for purchase and download. It is a mutual celebration of Bob Dylan‘s first recording in 1962 and the founding of Amnesty International 50 years ago.
It’s available for pre-order at the hyperlink above.
Amnesty International is a cause I have supported since 1979 when I purchased The Secret Policeman’s Ball vinyl LP as an import. I have made many contributions over the decades to this vital cause. I plan to do so again with “Chimes of Freedom”.
Will there be a “Chimes of Freedom” concert? Karen Scott, Amnesty International’s manager of music relations, expresses hope for such an event.
“We would love for there to be a tour or concert behind this album,” she says, pointing out that Amnesty’s incredibly successful Human Rights Concerts in the ’80s and ’90s featuring the likes of U2, the Police and Bruce Springsteen were led by the artists themselves. “We’ve found that the most successful concerts happen when the artists stand up and say they want to do this for Amnesty.”
- Bob Dylan and Patti Smith (musicofourheart.wordpress.com)