Musicians Get Political With Agit8 Ahead Of G8 Summit This Weekend

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published June 11, 2013


Ahead of the G8 Summit to be held this weekend in Northern Ireland, Bono has put together a new initiative called Agit8 as part of his One Campaign. The outspoken frontman of U2 continues to use music to raise awareness about the major problems of the world. The first thing you read at the website is "Think a song can change the world? We do." Cheers, mate.

The official website of Agit8 has a section with YouTube videos that shows the main topics as: Anti-apartheid, Anti-war, Civil Rights, Anti-poverty, and Women's rights. Unfortunately, the buttons weren't working on my Google Chrome web browser at the time of publishing... but you get the idea. The best place to access the videos is probably at the One Campaign YouTube Page.

The songs started getting posted less than 24 hours ago. The Huffington Post reports that "Love, Actually director Richard Curtis has made a short film on the theme of music and protest. It will be projected onto the side of London's Tate Modern gallery on Tuesday through Thursday evenings."

Early highlights:

Mumford & Sons with Elvis Costello - The Ghost of Tom Joad (by Bruce Springsteen)

Ed Sheeran - Masters of War (by Bob Dylan)

For more information about the One organization, check out

For more videos of musicians playing political songs, check out the One YouTube Page

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