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Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise is Amnesty International’s latest global venture into the world of music. It is a mix of music, celebration and action, designed to engage a new generation in Amnesty International’s human rights work. Well known artists are re-recording John Lennon songs exclusively for Amnesty International and for the protection of individuals wherever freedom, justice and equality are denied. Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) comprising a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.[1] Founded in the UK in 1961, AI compares actual practices of human rights with internationally accepted standards and demands compliance where these... Human rights are rights which some hold to be inalienable and belonging to all humans. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Thanks to a gift from Yoko Ono- the recording rights to ‘Imagine’ and John Lennon’s entire solo songbook- Make Some Noise and Amnesty International are harnessing the power of music to stand up for human rights. New versions of Lennon’s iconic songs have been recorded by bands like R.E.M., Black Eyed Peas, The Cure, Snow Patrol, The Postal Service, Maroon 5 and are available as digital downloads. A fundraising album -The campaign to save Darfur- is scheduled to be released in June 2007, with exclusive new tracks from the likes of Christina Aguilera and Green Day. Yoko Ono Lennon (小野 洋子 Ono Yōko, born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese musician and artist. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in early 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe. ... The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip-hop (musical styles crossover rap/hip hop and alternative rap/hip hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Snow Patrol are a rock band who formed in Scotland, with the majority of their members being from Northern Ireland. ... The Postal Service is an electronic indie pop band featuring singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Headset and Figurine. ... Maroon 5 is a band from Los Angeles, California, and has won several awards for their debut album Songs About Jane. ... Christina Maria Aguilera (IPA pronunciation: [1] born December 18, 1980) is an American pop and R&B singer and songwriter. ... Green Day is an American rock band band comprising three core members: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums). ...


As a solo artist, John Lennon’s unique talent and passionate campaign for world peace made him one of the most influential activists the world has ever seen. "Peace is no violence, no frustration, no fear," claimed Lennon – and with this lyrical mantra, he strove to promote the issues he believed in, inspiring change through music which both provoked and united communities. In a world plagued by war and poverty Lennon's message is just as relevant today as it was it was when it was first written.


Make Some Noise is here to make a positive impact on our world and collectively raise our voices to make as much noise as we can for human rights. The project aims to inspire and engage more than 1 million new supporters for Amnesty International’s human rights work. All the money raised trough the sale of Make Some Noise music, mobile content and merchandise will be channelled directly back into Amnesty International’s global research and campaigning work.


“Music speaks the language of freedom, revolution and solidarity. Without that freedom-without music that is angry, joyful and necessary- we are nothing” Yoko Ono.


Recent history

The origin of Make Some Noise dates back to September 11, 2001. In the wake of the tragic events in New York, Yoko Ono generously donated the recording rights to ‘Imagine’ to Amnesty International as a way to spread the word about the continued importance of human rights. In 2002, Amnesty International USA launched a national ‘Imagine’ campaign broadly aimed at raising awareness of human rights in the US. On the back of the success of this campaign, Ms. Ono donated the rights to the entire Lennon songbook. Starting in late 2004, Amnesty International conceived Make Some Noise as a fresh, new global campaign leveraging the assets of the full Lennon songbook to engage a new generation in the human rights cause. The global launch of Make Some Noise took place on 10th December 2005-International Human Rights Day- with the release of four exclusive singles available as digital downloads. The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ... NY redirects here. ... Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December. ...


Artists and songs

Artists participating in Make Some Noise represent a balance of critically acclaimed, commercially successful and socially aware musicians. All of the artists involved are ardent defenders of human rights and committed to making music with a message. They are coming together to record cover versions of Lennon’s most powerful and iconic songs:

Many more top-selling internationally-renowned artists will be joining the project. Audrey De Montigny of Ste-Julienne, Quebec is a Canadian singer. ... Steve Barakatt is a composer/producer/pianist/singer born in Quebec City, Canada on May 17, 1973. ... The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip-hop (musical styles crossover rap/hip hop and alternative rap/hip hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. ... Corinne Bailey Rae (born February 26, 1979) is an English singer-songwriter from Leeds who released her eponymous debut album Corinne Bailey Rae in February 2006. ... Green Day is an American rock band band comprising three core members: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums). ... Caption In 1995, Jaguares was formed out of the skeleton of Califanes, a Mexico City rock group. ... The correct title of this article is . ... Maroon 5 is a band from Los Angeles, California, and has won several awards for their debut album Songs About Jane. ... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, in early 1980 by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills, and vocalist Michael Stipe. ... Snow Patrol are a rock band who formed in Scotland, with the majority of their members being from Northern Ireland. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... The Postal Service is an electronic indie pop band featuring singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Headset and Figurine. ... Racoon is a Dutch rock band, formed in 1997. ...


The meaning of Make Some Noise

The Make Some Noise campaign is literally asking people to make some noise in any way they feel comfortable, in support of human rights. It is about making noise on behalf of individuals that have been silenced through injustice and making enough noise so that all those fighting against injustice and inequality know that we are on their side. It is about letting those who oppose individual liberties know that we shall not be silenced and will continue to speak out for human rights.


Campaigns and actions

Make Some Noise is encouraging people to take action in a number of campaigns to protect individuals wherever justice, freedom and equality are denied:

  • 10,000 paper cranes for freedom of expression in Belarus! Campaign to free prisoner of conscience Zmitser Dashkevich
  • Close Guantanamo now! campaign calls for individuals across the world to send in their videos add their voice to the global chorus calling for Guantanamo Bay to be closed now.
  • Protect the People of Darfur campaign invites people to join the actor Don Cheadle and Snow Patrol in putting pressure on the United Nations to send peace keeping forces to Darfur,
  • Control Arms campaign asks individuals to add their face to the Million Faces petition calling for a Global Arms Trade Treaty.

Prisoner of conscience (POC) is a term coined by the human rights pressure group Amnesty International in the early 1960s. ... Guantanamo Bay may refer to: Guantánamo Bay (Cuba), a bay located in Guantánamo Province at the south-eastern end of Cuba Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, the United States Naval base located there Guantanamo Bay detainment camp, the detainment camp on that base, terrorists are held there Category: ... Don Cheadle (November 29, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... The foundation of the U.N. The United Nations (UN) is an international organization whose stated aims are to facilitate co-operation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress and human rights issues. ... Flag of the Fur national movement Darfur (Arabic دار فور, meaning home of the Fur) is region of far western Sudan, bordering the Central African Republic, Libya, and Chad. ...

External links

  • Make Some Noise web site
  • Make Some Noise My Space page
  • Amnesty International web site

 
 

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