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Rage Against the Machine, U2, and agit8

Anne Erickson
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06.13.2013
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Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Mumford & Sons are among the artists lending their talents to agit8, a music-based campaign putting the spotlight on issues associated with extreme poverty.

U2 frontman Bono’s anti-poverty organization ONE launched the new initiative this week, which offers videos of various artists covering protest tunes. Morello performs an acoustic version of his Nightwatchman song, “Flesh Shapes the Day,” in his video, while Mumford & Sons and Elvis Costello serve up a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” for their set. Kid Rock also contributes a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” to the project.

According to Morello, the objective of the agit8 program is to get the attention of politicians who are meeting at next week’s G8 summit in Northern Ireland and convince them to work to end global poverty.

“The theme of the event is protest and progress and the idea that our efforts historically and currently are not in vain,” the guitarist told 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.”

View the full roster of videos via the ONE campaign's YouTube channel. For more information on agit8, heat to www.one.org/protestsongs.

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