Fifty of today’s top artists, including the likes of U2, Green Day, the Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson, and Ben Harper, have lent their voices and musical talent to the 2-CD compilation based on the John Lennon songbook, Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur. The album is an effort to raise awareness about the human rights crisis in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have died, 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes, and 4.5 million remain in crisis with starvation, disease, and armed attacks a daily threat, and to encourage people to take action through music.
Instant Karma is a gift of the late John Lennon. Yoko Ono presented Amnesty International the publishing rights for Lennon’s entire solo songbook. With the help of executive producer Jeff Ayeroff, founder of Rock the Vote and former vice-chair of Warner Bros. Records, the fifty artists covered Lennon’s songs. 23 of these artists are featured on Instant Karma, while the remaining—including Duran Duran, Gavin Rossdale, Maroon 5, and the Cure—will be available as digital downloads on iTunes.
Green Day has also released a music video for Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” which is available to download at www.instantkarma.org. The full album is up for presale on iTunes, and will be available June 12.
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