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“Artists Unite”

Running time: 14 minutes, 30 seconds.

“Artists Unite” looks at the emergence of a media phenomenon — the rock benefit concert. From the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 to 2015’s Global Citizen Festival, the past four decades have seen music’s biggest stars come together for a variety of causes. Their efforts have raised awareness and millions of dollars for charity and relief efforts around the world.

See highlights from some of the most famous benefit concerts, with an emphasis on the landmark concerts of the 1980s, including Farm Aid, Amnesty International and Live Aid, and charity recordings by all-star groups such as Band Aid and USA for Africa. Bono, Sting and others reflect on an unforgettable era, when musicians harnessed the power of music to capture the world’s attention and bring relief to those in need.

Told through the words of those who were there, “Artists Unite” captures the spirit of the rock benefit concert and demonstrates the lasting impact of music.


Contributing support for “Louder Than Words” has been provided by Hilton Hotels & Resorts, SoundExchange and Altria Group.

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