Lives in the Balance
The Rolling Stones:
The Rolling Stones weren’t known for their political convictions, just a bluesy rock and roll band that hit the big time with the explosion of British rock rolling on into their 70s. Yet
Gimme Shelter grinds out a nasty view of war with a hope for the triumph of love. It’s also got one of the greatest back-up solos in rock history by Lisa Fischer, featured in the documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom.
Live Version in an Intimate Venue
Play for Change’s International Musical Collective Version
Cellists Take on Violence
Karim Wasfi, an Iraqi cellist has begun to play his instruments at sites of violent attacks and bombings in Baghdad. He is playing in the tradition of Vedran Smajlović, the famed cellist of Sarajevo who played a mournful elegy in the crater where Sarajevans were killed while waiting for bread.