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Even on the days when it seems like everything is wrong, there is music. Even when one hurricane ravished one American city and another Category 5 hurricane is on its way to the East Coast, there are songs to be sung. Even when undocumented immigrants are threatened deportation out of this country, which was conceived as a nation for all those seeking freedom from persecution, we have music as a salve and a rallying cry for unjust times.
Following the tradition of monumental musical events preceding them, Amnesty International organized the Human Rights Now! tour to honor the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over the course of six weeks in 1988. Artists like Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N’Dour (you might know his as the backing voice on Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” or two dozen or so of his own records) and more joined together for 20 concerts, performing their own tracks as well as this moving cover of Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom.”
Now more than ever, it’s important to honor musical memories like this all-star gathering and remember that the power of music manifests in a myriad of political, cultural, economic and emotional ways. Check out this exclusive video of “Chimes of Freedom” from Sept. 5, 1988, at the Palais Omnisports Bercy in Paris in 1988 and learn more about Amnesty International and the influence of the Human Rights Now! tour here.