The Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors, global event live stream, was held on Friday 26 June and presented, as usual, a mix of home musical performances, interviews, indigenous wisdom and calls to action.
Peter has participated together with numerous other artists such as Barbara Streisand, Sting, Jeff Bridges, Herbie Hancock, Morgan Freeman and Jane Fonda. They joined indigenous leaders, scientists and a large coalition of NGOs in the live stream event produced by Artists for Amazonia.
On May 28, 2020 Peter Gabriel participated in the previous live stream event "Artists United for Amazonia, Protecting the Protectors", with other big names in the show and beyond.
Among these, Morgan Freeman, Carlos Santana, @SantanaCarlos, Jane Fonda and, in fact, Peter Gabriel participated in the livestream benefit for the Amazon region, which in Brazil has been particularly affected by COVID.
Watch the video of Peter Gabriel's speech:
«We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of # COVID19 in the Amazon!
Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors, a special livestream event for the Amazon Emergency Fund in support of the Amazonian indigenous population under the extreme threat of COVID-19
JEFF BRIDGES PETER GABRIEL
ED BEGLEY, JR.
RACHELLE CARSON BEGLEY
CHLOE SMITH (RISING APPALACHIA)
... AND MANY MORE!
All Peter Gabriel fans are wondering how far is the new album "I / O".
And Peter is having fun sowing some clues. The latest is an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2020 in which he declared:
«As far as music is concerned, I haven't had as much time as I usually do, which is not as before. But there have been some news. There is a COVID song - well, there is a COVID lyrics, actually -. I have been asked to write something and it will probably turn into a song. So there are songs and pieces that go in the right direction ». (Interview by Matt Everitt).
In March 2020 Peter had written to a newspaper giving another indication of his compositional activity, although very slowly.
The song was followed shortly after "The Veil", arrived on 8 September 2016 (read here how the song was received). It was part of the Oliver Stone film "Snowden", but without joining the soundtrack (another indication that bode well).
At the moment the picture is complete, in the sense that some material is available to fans even if, having spent so much time, we would expect something more concrete. We'll see. If you want to stay updated on developments, subscribe to our newsletter below.
The CD comes in a digi-pack package, while the LP is made of heavy black vinyl, has a printed inner bag and contains a high resolution download code.
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The LP was mastered at half speed by Matt Colton at Metropolis Mastering.
In the United States, vinyl was printed by Record Technology Inc, while vinyl for the rest of the world is printed by Optimal.
«We know that many of you have wondered what happened to this release, but, as for the "Book of Love", the reasons for the delay are long and boring. Suffice it to say that we are sorry for the wait. » is written on the Peter Gabriel website.
There was also a chance to win a test artwork, personally signed by Peter Gabriel.
A test of was generated artwork to control the printing process. Peter agreed to personally sign the trial for a lucky winner. Who will also receive the album on CD and LP.
Our human rights organization @witnessorg has been helping groups monitoring police violence & I hope these protests will not only lead to the addressing of the problems at the root of this, but also encourage a worldwide look at how each country is dealing with racism ... (2/3)
... and religious persecution within their own borders.
Politicians are trying to win support by fueling nationalism and racism for their own gain. If we don't like the way things are going we have to speak out and act. The world can only be what we choose to make it.
- pg (3/3)
Peter co-founded WITNESS in 1992. A year earlier, a passerby, George Holliday, had recorded the brutal beating of Rodney King by the Los Angeles police. For the first time, people all over the world have seen the power of video to expose hidden abuses and catalyze social movements.
This event kicked off a global debate on the issue of responsibility. In response, Peter with the Human Rights First Committee of Attorneys and the Reebok Foundation for Human Rights, founded WITNESS with the hope that video technology could be used as a tool for advancing human rights.
WITNESS listens carefully to the first line defenders to understand their needs, creating a guide, tools and solutions that have been shared with millions of people around the world who face similar threats and challenges.
It helps individuals tell their stories and ensures that strong powers are more respectful of human rights.
WITNESS also ensures that the truth is not compromised, that the right voices are heard and that those who misbehave are held accountable for the crimes they commit and that video and technology are transformative tools to create a just world.
«In this age when the mass media are increasingly in the hands of a few, we must have strong, vital, independent voices, if we want to listen to all the stories or seek justice. We have an incredible opportunity to change lives. "
- Peter Gabriel.
Gabriel's original idea for WITNESS was that the power of visual imagery and storytelling could open the world's eyes to human rights abuses and force people to act for lasting change.
Since 1993 WITNESS has had a long standing relationship with Harry Pearce at the Pentagram design studio, which has renewed the visual identity of WITNESS in 2019 based on the philosophy of "making the truth visible". The new identity was designed to encourage collaboration and participation.
«The simplicity of Peter's idea of 'Little brother turning the cameras back on big brother' as one of the founding thoughts of WITNESS has deeply impressed me», says Pearce. «I was hoping that my graphic work could help connect people with their films around the world».
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, Peter Gabriel released this rare 'Games Without Frontiers' movie recorded live in Buenos Aires in 2009.
On May 28, 2020, Peter released this video which takes up an interview made in 2002 for the release of the re-mastered CD. Gabriel talks about the realization of his third self-titled album, called melt because of the iconic cover image, created by Storm Thorgerson of Studio Hipgnosis.
And here are 10 reasons to listen to this album again.
1. It 's Gabriel' s album with a lot of studs prestigious guests, like the manufacturer Steve Lillywhite and the guitarist Dave gregory (I Don't Remember e Family Snapshot) of XTC, the beginning of the long collaboration with David Rhodes, the old friend Phil Collins and the percussionist Morris Pert (Intruder e No Self Control), the new employee Kate Bush (No Self Control e Games Without Frontiers), the English saxophonist Dick Morissey (Start), Paul Weller, then leader of the Operational (And Through The Wire).
2. For the first time Peter used thedrum machine (Games Without Frontiers e Biko, in particular) and has experienced that particular sound on drums, with the gated reverb, that characterizes Intruder, used the year after by Phil Collins for In The Air Tonight. A sound that has become a standard model for much of the English pop of the eighties.
3.Phil Collins was initially skeptical about the idea of not using dishes at all. But Peter was immovable, since he could take advantage of the high tones with a whole new set of sounds, a variety of fields to explore. Paradoxically, Gabriel was accused of plagiarizing Collins when In The Air Tonight has had worldwide success.
4. Gabriel was one of the first musicians to use theFairlight, a revolutionary synthesizer that sampled natural sounds. Peter even became its distributor in England, in partnership with a cousin. In the disc we also find new sounds for the rock groove (post-progressive) in which it is still located, such as the xylophone (Intruder), the sax (Start), the marimba (No Self Control e Lead A Normal Life), the bagpipes, the drums surdu and original South African choirs (Biko).
5.Family Snapshot is inspired by the bookAn Assassin's Diary (A diary of a murderer) by Arthur Bremer, a text that also inspired the screenwriter of the film Taxi Driver di Martin Scorsese. But another book, Dispatches, whose photos suggested some verses to Gabriel Games Without Frontiers, created quite a few censorship issues with the BBC.
6. The album seems to have a common thread of psychological deviance, addressing issues like it stalking (Intruder), schizophrenia and paranoia (No Self Control), removal (I Don't Remember), bad media influence (Family Snapshot), the absence of communication (And Through The Wire), mental illness (Lead A Normal Life). But the "political" aspect is also important. Peter takes a stand against the war (Games Without Frontiers), fear of the "other" (Not One Of Us), L 'apartheid (Biko).
7. Davide Castellini in The songs of Peter Gabriel, Editori Riuniti, points out that there are many negative expressions in titles and texts (No., no, Note, neverwithout). Peter himself had noticed, so much so that, always quoted by Castellini, he was afraid of "turn the album into a sermon to a child, full of not doing this, not doing that".
8.Gabriel was unsure whether to publish or not Biko in the disc. Despite his sincerity towards the topic, he feared that he was not a valid voice for a cause so geographically and socially distant from him. In addition, the story of Steven Biko had already been told in various songs, including A Motor Bike In Africa di Peter Hammill, his friend, collaborator, and neighbor in Bath.
9.Biko is then inserted in the album at the insistence of his friend Tom Robinson. "It was a keystone in my career as a musician and lyricist", says Gabriel, quoted by Mario Giammetti in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Editions sign. Indeed, Peter's journey towards the commitment to civil rights begins, which will see him in all the events that the world of music will organize to raise awareness of the planet.
10. For the cover, fourth and final collaboration with the Hipgnosis studio and its founder Storm Thorgerson. Through the technique called Krimsography, invented by the American Les Krim, a Polaroid with the portrait of Peter is manipulated with an eraser on the still fresh emulsion. And the effect melt, in fact, which gives the album the informal title, it's done.
Big names including Morgan Freeman, Carlos Santana, @SantanaCarlos, Jane Fonda and, in fact, Peter Gabriel attended Thursday 28 May at the livestream benefit for the Amazon region, which in Brazil has been particularly affected by COVID.
JEFF BRIDGES PETER GABRIEL
ED BEGLEY, JR.
RACHELLE CARSON BEGLEY
CHLOE SMITH (RISING APPALACHIA)
... AND MANY MORE!
Special presence of Peter Gabriel and musical performance of Rock 'n' Blues Ballerina, Kimberly Nichole.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE EVENING (PETER GABRIEL IS ABOUT 10 MINUTES):
Across the world, WITNESS provides training, tools and guidance to human rights defenders, using video and technology to protect the voices, dignity, rights and future of the most vulnerable communities.
And it supports major tech companies to support the defense of human rights.
1. After four albums in which all the cymbals were often banned, Red Rain, which opens So, begins with a surprising reintroduction of unused "metals". A significant break with the past, perhaps to show that the author is a new Peter Gabriel. The first sound of the song, in fact, is that of charleston and the dishes of Stewart Copelandto the Police, one of the many illustrious collaborators of this album.
2. Hard to believe, but Sledgehammer it was included in the album only at the last moment and it was born almost by chance, from an idea that ran in Peter's head, but that had not yet been developed, even if the recordings of the album were almost completed. The rhythm section was born first, created by the new drummer Manu Katché and Tony Levin on bass, then Daniel Lanois' guitar (another novelty, above all as a producer), and finally the wind section of the Memphis Horns. The title derives from the building-type metaphors used by Gabriel and Lanois in the recording room. The single comes fourth in the UK and first in the USA, undermining its own Invisible Touch of the Genesis. And the video of the song is record-breaking. Read the Horizons Radio article HERE.
3. Report Mario Giammetti (in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Ed. Sign), that the characteristic bass sound of Tony Levin in Don't Give Up, derives from the use of his daughter's diapers, to obtain that muffled tone. The female voice had to be initially that of Dolly Parton, American country star, who does not accept. So Gabriel turns to Kate Bush, remaining very satisfied. Although, writes Gabriel in the album's liner notes, the roots remain "gospel / country (...) in Richard Tee's fantastic way of playing the piano. "This hymn to overcoming obstacles has helped many people." Gabriel said that a well-known rock star and a comic actor both confessed that the song convinced them to give up suicide. "(Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana)
4. Unusually the text of That Voice Again it is written together with David Rhodes, who, with Gabriel and Lanois, is the third main author of the album. A solution that the Canadian producer had to resort to, given that Peter did not decide to complete the lyrics of the song. It is possible that Gabriel could not go on for the theme of the song, which refers to his conjugal crisis of the moment with Jill. After 10 years ("not to create connections with Genesis", he told the Italian magazine Hello 2001), the 12-string guitar played by Lanois returns to the music of the singer. As rarely happens, the song begins with the refrain.
5. In Your Eyes sees the participation of various choristers including Jim Kerr of Simple Minds and above all the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, who sings in the language here Wolof. It is probably a declaration of love for Rosanna Arquette, the American actress known on the evening of the concert Six of the Best (read and listen to the Horizons Radio special). In crisis with Jill for years, Peter had a strange relationship with her. It is certainly the first direct love song composed by Gabriel in his solo career. And to say that it was initially titled Sagrada Familia and was inspired by the Cathedral of Barcelona and its creator, Antoni Gaudi.
6. Various overdubbed Peter voices contribute to the touching beauty of Mercy Street. Among these, a particularly low one was recorded at seven in the morning, to obtain a natural gloom. The percussion is by the Brazilian Djalma Correa, recorded by Gabriel in Rio de Janeiro. The wonderful bass work is by Larry Klein. Although officially inspired by the almost homonymous work of the American poet Anne Sexton, Mario Giammetti (in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Ed. Sign) reports an episode, told by Gabriel himself, which may have influenced the text: a makeshift landing, just of the flight to Brazil, taken to meet Correa.
7. A first version of Big Time, with the title Success had been recorded in the days of Security. Third single of the album, it reached the eighth place in the chart in the United States, where they appreciated the funky atmosphere of the song and its philosophy, so close to the American dream, even if declined with irony. Fundamental in the passage is the drumstick bass guitar, played by Tony Levin, who presses the strings, and by Jerry Marotta, who strikes them, obtaining that characteristic sound of the rhythmic part, combined with the Stewart Copeland drums.
8. Originally recorded for melt, then candidate to join Security, We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) it's different from the other tracks on the record, since it comes from musically remote times for Peter. Played on tour since 1980, in fact, it was an old acquaintance of the fans of the first hour. "He's there to show his new audience that if Gabriel wanted it it could still be disturbing and disturbing." (Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana). The text is notoriously based on an experiment that scientifically demonstrated the Nazi "banality of evil", a theme also used by the Genesis in the passage Just A Job To Do (Album genesis).
9. The vinyl ends with Milgram, but not the cassette and CD versions, closed by This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) - and, in remastering, from In Your Eyes -, variations dictated by Gabriel's obsession with the sequence of the songs and the good mix of tails and attacks of the same. To insert This Is The Picture it was a singular choice, given that, composed with Laurie Andersonwas already part of the American artist's album two years earlier Mister Heartbreak, in a different version and with the title Excellent Birds. Gabriel wanted it fearing that he did not have enough material, other oddities, since he had already complete and unpublished songs such as Don't Break This Rhythm o curtains, which instead will become the B side of the singles Sledgehammer e Big Time.
10. Finally the cover and the title So. Surprisingly, the album comes with an outwardly normal packaging, with a beautiful portrait of Peter made by Trevor Key and none of the formal oddities present in the previous ones. Furthermore, for the first time Peter decides to use a title. Magazine Rolling Stone asked why. "The new album has a universal title, - replies Gabriel -, so people will not risk buying the same record twice. I am very happy to have done it, because it is in line with the small change in style; I wanted the album was elementary, alive, natural ". (Cit. In Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana). The video of Sledgehammer, the subject of another, contributed to the great success of the album Horizons Radio article - READ IT HERE. that's how Stephen R. Johnson and Peter Gabriel have accomplished this and subsequent ones.
"I am very happy to participate in this Call to Unite event and I am happy that much of the money raised in these 24 hours goes directly to the people who need it most. Someone asked me for some reflection on what is going on and I wrote some words, which could become a song in the future ...".
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