Celebrate Human Rights with Amnesty International and Bob Dylan Song Collection

I am delayed in posting this, but better late than never.  December 10 was Human Rights Day and Amnesty International celebrated the day by premiering Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International on the organization’s Facebook  Page. Selections are currently still available to listen to through Facebook. Saturday also helped kickoff Amnesty International’s annual Write for Rights event with tens of thousands of people worldwide participating.

The 4-disc collection – set for release on January 24, 2012, in North America and January 30 internationally – contains 76 newly recorded Bob Dylan songs by more than 80 artists. A special two-disc version featuring 31 tracks will be at Starbucks available beginning January 24, while supplies last.  The collection is available for pre-order.

Chimes of Freedom is dedicated to the thousands of people worldwide who are imprisoned or threatened for the peaceful expression of their beliefs. Amnesty International encourages people who are inspired by Dylan’s music to join with their 3 million activists worldwide who are taking action to protect human rights.

Music executives Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta are the executive producers of Chimes of Freedom, the same role they fulfilled on “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur,” the successful 2007 collection of John Lennon solo compositions performed by major artists including U2, Green Day and R.E.M.

Helen Garrett, director of special projects for Amnesty International, said: “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.”

Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International features songs by such artists as Adele * Bad Religion * Joan Baez * Dierks Bentley * Jackson Browne * Johnny Cash * Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli * Marianne Faithfull * Bryan Ferry * Neil Finn with Pajama Club  * Michael Franti * Angelique Kidjo * Diana Krall * Kronos Quartet * Lenny Kravitz *Bettye LaVette * Taj Mahal * Mariachi El Bronx * My Morning Jacket * Joe Perry * Pete Seeger *Sinéad O’Connor * Rise Against * Carly Simon * Patti Smith * The Belle Brigade * Lucinda Williams * Evan Rachel Wood.

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