Aerosmith, The Beach Boys' Al Jardine and folk-rock legend Donovan are among the artists participating in agit8, a music-based campaign designed to help to create awareness about issues related to extreme poverty.
As part of the initiative, which was launched by U2 frontman Bono's anti-poverty organization ONE on Tuesday, a variety of musicians have contributed videos of themselves either covering protest songs or performing their own topical tunes. Aerosmith offers up a live performance of their hit "Livin' on the Edge," while Jardine teams up with Bongos singer Richard Barone on a rendition of The Weavers' classic "If I Had a Hammer." In addition, Donovan delivers a new version of Buffy Sainte-Marie's anti-war song "The Universal Soldier," which he originally recorded in 1965.
Other tunes covered for the campaign include Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad," by Elvis Costello and Mumford & Sons; Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," by Kid Rock; and Bob Dylan's "Masters of War," by young U.K. singer Ed Sheeran. Also featured are lesser-known artists' version of songs by John Lennon, Bob Marley, U2 and The Clash.
One of the goals of the agit8 program is to encourage the politicians who are meeting at next week's G8 summit in Northern Ireland to take steps towards ending global poverty.
You can check out the videos at ONE.org/ProtestSongs and at the ONE campaign's YouTube channel. U2 and Sting also are expected to contribute performances to the project, although their videos have yet to premiere on the aforementioned websites.
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