Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Kid Rock are among the artists participating in agit8 [agitate], a music-based campaign designed to help to create awareness of issues related to extreme poverty.
The initiative, which was launched Tuesday by U2 frontman Bono's anti-poverty organization ONE, features videos of a wide variety of artists covering protest songs. Tom Morello offered up an acoustic version of his Nightwatchman track, "Flesh Shapes the Day," while Kid Rock donated his rendition of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” to the program. In addition, Mumford & Sons teamed up with Elvis Costello to record a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”
Morello says that main goal of the agit8 program is to get the politicians who are meeting at next week’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland to take steps toward ending global poverty.
"The theme of the event is protest and progress and the idea that our efforts historically and currently are not in vain," Morello tells Rolling Stone. "Extreme poverty has been halved over the course of the last 20 or so years and there's the good chance with continued pressure of the 99 percent that extreme poverty can be eliminated."
Other artists lending their music to the program include Green Day, fun., Arcade Fire and Bloc Party. You can check out the videos at the ONE campaign's YouTube channel. Visit one.org/protestsongs for more information.
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