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Week In Review: June 10, 2020

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Week In Review: June 10, 2020

 

Production Completes On Gandhi Documentary Featuring “Ahimsa” By U2 And A.R. Rahman

Production has recently completed on a new documentary titled “Ahimsa – Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless.” Produced to commemorate the 150th birthday of Mohandas Gandhi on October 2nd, the film will feature the song “Ahimsa” by U2 and A. R. Rahman. The “Ahimsa” documentary tracks how Gandhi’s message of non-violence inspired activists and leaders across the world, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama. Read more about the documentary here

Ahimsa is the principle of non-violence practiced by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. You can read more about it here.

 

Bono Introduces Cover of “Beautiful Day” for YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” Special

YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” special aired on Sunday, June 7 and featured celebrity commencement speeches and performances honoring the class of 2020, whose graduation celebrations were disrupted due to COVID-19. The four-hour special featured speeches from Barack and Michelle Obama and Beyoncé, as well as musical performances and appearances from stars like Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Chris Pine, Jimmy Kimmel and BTS. Bono appeared via video to introduce a special cover performance of U2’s “Beautiful Day.” 

Bono’s miniature commencement speech touched on the social unrest in America and worldwide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police. Bono noted that “…the world is being reminded that America is an idea that doesn’t even belong to a lot of Americans. And for many Black Americans, Lady Liberty’s torch is far from a beacon of hope. It’s often a flashlight in the face.” He then connected “Beautiful Day” to the racial equality movement, saying that “[“Beautiful Day”] was not a description of where we were at, it was a prayer for where we could go, and a dream—to be written. That America might be the greatest song the world has never heard.”

The cover of “Beautiful Day” featured artists singing remotely from their homes, including Chris Martin, Camila Cabello, Tove Lo, Noah Cyrus and others. You can watch Bono’s introduction and the cover here.

 

U2.com Rereleases Past Issues Of Propaganda For Subscribers

In a post on U2.com on June 5, U2 shared exclusive content for subscribers: digital reissues of Propaganda, the official U2 fan club magazine that ran “with regular irregularity” from 1986-2002. Propaganda featured interviews, photos, road diaries and other behind-the-scenes content from the band’s activities. Per the post, U2.com will start digitally releasing two or three old issues of Propaganda each year.

Despite this note about “two or three” issues, though, the post on U2.com currently features digital versions of 13 issues of Propaganda, including the first issue from 1986, as well as a special Achtung Baby edition that was delivered to readers both in and outside of the U2 fan club.

Check out the post and the Propaganda on U2.com here. To become a U2.com subscriber to access this special content, click here.

 

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