Stand and Be Counted

Stand and Be Counted
Posted by FoM on August 21, 2000 at 13:30:06 PT
Monday & Tuesday, August 21 and 22, at 9PM ET
Source: The Learning Channel
This summer, TLC presents a powerful look at how, since the early 1960s, musicians have used their talent to grab the world's attention and spur social change, supporting civil-rights workers in America, famine victims in Africa and indigenous peoples of the Amazon; tackling everything from nuclear power to Latin American military juntas and the farm policies of the United States government. 
TLC and David Crosby, an outspoken voice for social change, are presenting the four-hour Stand and Be Counted, which traces the evolution of musical activism from the nonviolent protests for civil rights to George Harrison's pivotal 1971 Concert for Bangladesh to the recent annual stadium concerts in support of a free Tibet. Rare, in-depth interviews with musicians and activists, including Sir Bob Geldof, Carlos Santana, David Crosby, Harry Belafonte, Jewel, Joan Baez, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Willie Nelson, among others, reveal their passions and motivations for organizing and participating in events for change. The documentary features unique footage of benefit concerts that transcend musical genres, political beliefs and ideological passions: 1985's Live Aid (still the largest international benefit concert ever staged); Amnesty International concerts; the No Nukes concerts; Farm Aid concerts; and other politically and socially motivated rallies and benefits. Concert footage catches everyone in the act, from Peter Gabriel to Bruce Springsteen, the Fugees, Eric Clapton, Carly Simon, James Taylor, U2, Robbie Robertson, R.E.M., Ladysmith Black Mombazo, Emmylou Harris, Woody Guthrie, the Weavers and, of course, Crosby, Stills and Nash. Viewers get an inside look at the jammed USA for Africa recording session for We Are the World, which noted producer Quincy Jones opened with the infamous line, "Check your ego at the door." Stand and Be Counted also includes nonmusical players, such as comedians and actors, who share their thoughts about celebrity power and the "changing of the guard." Others include Ken Kragen, organizer, USA for Africa (We Are the World); renowned benefit producer Tom Campbell; Dr. James Orbinski, international president of Nobel Peace Prize winner Doctors Without Borders; Dr. Morten Rostrup of the MSF Section in Liberia; Erin Potts, executive director of the Milarepa Fund, co-founded by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys; and David Bender, co-author with David Crosby of the recently released HarperSanFrancisco book, Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History: The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America. North American PremiereMonday and Tuesday August 21 and 22, at 9PM ET Brought to you in part by TiVo, and Royal Caribbean Copyright  2000 Discovery Communications Inc.Direct Link To Above Article:
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