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YORK (January 24, 2012) – Amnesty
International celebrates its 50th anniversary with the
release of Chimes
of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, a four-disc collection
set for release today
in North America, and on January 30th in the UK. The already critically-acclaimed
tribute contains 76 newly-recorded Bob Dylan songs by more than 80 artists,
including performers such as Adele, K'naan,
Elvis Costello, Dierks Bentley, Darren Criss,
Jackson Browne, Johnny Cash, Patti Smith, Pete Townshend,
Sting, Queens Of The Stone Age, Maroon5,
My Morning Jacket, and Carly Simon (click
HERE for the full track listing).
"Chimes of Freedom is an abundance of riches. It's fair
to say that the collection shows how deeply musicians feel about the
beauty of Dylan's music - across generations - and how passionate they
are about supporting human rights. We hope all of their fans will be
inspired, too, and engage with millions of activists around the globe
to protect the rights of people everywhere" said Helen Garrett,
director of special projects for Amnesty International.
1962, Amnesty International evolved from a one-year campaign to free
political prisoners into a worldwide movement fighting for justice,
freedom and human dignity; today the organization has more than three
million supporters in 150 countries. In
March of the same year, Bob Dylan’s debut album was released,
launching an unparalleled recording career.
on the album is being released for the first time, with 70 songs recorded
especially for Chimes of Freedom. All of the artists, session
musicians, arrangers, engineers, producers and recording studios worked
pro bono on the project, which aims to raise support for Amnesty’s
fight against censorship and attacks on free speech, whether involving
artists, writers, musicians, political activists or bloggers.
Chimes of Freedom is dedicated to the thousands of people worldwide
who are imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their
beliefs. Amnesty encourages people who are inspired by Dylan’s
music to join their three million activists worldwide who are taking
action to protect human rights.