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Amnesty International Concerts To Be Released As 17-Hour DVD

October 8, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Contact Music reports that footage from the last four Amnesty International concerts and tours have been digitally restored and will be released as a seventeen-hour DVD/CD box set.

Music historian Martin Lewsis, co-creator and co-producer of Amnesty’s “A Secret Policeman’s Ball” concerts in the UK, has put together 12 hours of concert footage from shows in Chile (1990) and Paris (1998), the 1986 A Conspiracy Of Hope U.S. tour and 1988 Human Rights Now! world tour. The footage features Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Sting. He also found and shot five hours and bonus material, including Gabriel’s never-before-seen tour video and new interviews with Gabriel, Sting, Springsteen and more.

The six-disc DVD box set and two-disc companion CD (called Released! The Human Rights concerts 1986-1998) will be out on November 5. It will also feature footage from U2, The Police, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Youssou N’Dour, Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette. It celebrates the 25th anniversary of the six-week, five-continent Human Rights Now! world tour, which was headlined by Springsteen, Sting, Gabriel, Chapman and Youssou N’Dour.

Lewis said: “Musicians innately understand key components of human rights such as freedom of expression. It’s at the heart of what they do. The rock music community has been spectacular in its support for Amnesty. These concerts broke new ground in galvanizing audiences to become involved. They fused cause and content in an inspirational way. It’s been an honor to work with Sting, Bruce, Bono, Peter and the other artists in restoring and producing these concerts for home release.

Sting added: “Amnesty in my opinion, is probably the most civilized and civilizing of human organizations. It uses the writing of letters or the commerce of ideas and opinion to change the world rather than a gun or an army or an air force. And that seems to be very civilized to me. And that seems the only way that we will get positive change in the world. And so Amnesty’s a fantastic flagship for that idea. I feel very proud of my association with it. And it’s ongoing.

Gabriel said: “The world is a much better place for knowing that Amnesty’s around it. There’s still an amazing amount more work that needs to be done… that must be done. But Amnesty International have made an extraordinary start.

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