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Coldplay, Ryan Adams, David Gray, Badly Drawn Boy, Beth Orton, Aimee Mann, 1 Giant Leap and Zero 7 have donated tracks to an Amnesty International USA CD project called "Music for Human Rights." The deal was arranged by Asterisk Entertainment, New York. Now Amnesty is looking for an advertiser who can plaster a brand name all over the CD and sponsor a concert featuring these artists, all for the price of bankrolling the entire adventure. The CD and concert will launch an Amnesty recruitment drive in high schools and colleges in fall 2003. It's not the first time Amnesty-an organization widely considered liberal-will be cozying up to a big-time capitalist tool. Back in the early `80s Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Tracy Chapman did an Amnesty concert sponsored by the Reebok Foundation. And in 1986, Amnesty hatched the "Conspiracy of Hope" and "Human Rights Now Tour" with MTV in 1986, starring Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel. Amnesty is talking to marketers, but a spokeswoman wouldn't identify the companies, although she did admit that the group was talking to Reebok again. "It's not easy for us to take money from just anybody," she says. "We are a socially responsible company. We have certain standards that marketers must pass in order for them to become our partners." The CD will come out in September.
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