“For the Lady” Benefit Album to be Released October 26th On Rhino Records (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
September 20th, 2004
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ARTISTS INCLUDING U2, NATALIE MERCHANT, R.E.M., PAUL McCARTNEY, ERIC CLAPTON, STING, PEARL JAM, PETER GABRIEL, DAMIEN RICE, ANI DIFRANCO AND OTHERS JOIN TOGETHER TO TAKE ON MILITARY REGIME AND FREE THE WORLD’S ONLY IMPRISONED NOBEL PEACE PRIZE RECIPIENT, AUNG SAN SUU KYI

“Aung San Suu Kyi is a real hero.”
–Bono

“Her dedication, resolve, courage and patience are the mark of a leader. We stand tall for her, as she will again stand tall for herself.”
–Michael Stipe, R.E.M.

“Anytime anyone inside Burma listens to my music, I want them to know that they are listening to an artist that supports their freedom.”
–Eric Clapton

“Aung San Suu Kyi is truly one of the world’s most important, yet least known, heroes. No matter how much she suffers, she never backs down in her quest for freedom. That’s why Coldplay are supporting this effort, and why everyone who believes in human rights should buy this CD.”
–Coldplay

“Please use your liberty to promote ours.” Taking the words of the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi as a call to action, many of the world’s greatest artists such as U2, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Ani DiFranco, R.E.M., Avril Lavigne, Talib Kweli, Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Damien Rice, Travis, Indigo Girls and Matchbox Twenty have joined together to create a major benefit album, For The Lady: Dedicated to freeing Aung San Suu Kyi and the courageous people of Burma. Rhino Records will release the double CD featuring 27 tracks on October 26. Proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the non-profit U.S. Campaign for Burma.

Since 1988 Aung San Suu Kyi has led the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma campaigning for democracy and human rights against one of the world’s most brutal military regimes. Known to many as “Asia’s Nelson Mandela”, she is a symbol of hope for those struggling for freedom around the world, and received the Nobel Peace Prize for her nonviolent work to restore human rights to a country ravaged by military rule. She has spent the majority of the past 14 years placed under house arrest by Burma’s repressive junta, and thousands of her supporters have been arrested, tortured and killed. Yet she is more than an activist–she’s elected. She led her political party the National League for Democracy to an 82% victory in Burma’s last election–the military regime annulled the results.

Bill Clinton, John McCain, Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Bono, Desmond Tutu and Vaclav Havel have all expressed their support for Aung San Suu Kyi and her cause. In July 2004, Damien Rice and Ani DiFranco traveled to Thailand and Burma to visit refugee camps and meet with pro-democracy activists. Their trip was organized by the U.S. Campaign for Burma to raise international awareness about the struggle for freedom in Burma. 

“For The Lady” will feature unreleased material by R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello’s The Nightwatchman, Damien Rice, Lili Hadyn and Better Than Ezra. The executive producer on the album is Jack Healey and also features a song banned by Burma’s military regime, “Walk On,” which U2 dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi on their last album and a song in Burmese written by a jailed student democracy activist. Like the leaders of former communist states, Burma’s military regime is fearful of the power of rock and roll, and singing a freedom song usually results in a minimum seven-year prison sentence.

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