80-artist “Chimes of Freedom,” honoring grizzled folkie, will benefit Amnesty International
What do Bob Dylan and Miley Cyrus have in common — besides their perpetually chipper demeanor, of course?
They're both doing their part to benefit human-rights organization Amnesty International on its 50th anniversary.
The human-rights organization is releasing a sprawling, four-CD collection, "Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International," on Jan. 24, with the proceeds going to AI, according to numerous news reports.
The collection, which primarily consists of cover versions of tunes from the Dylan catalog, encompasses 80 artists and 75 new songs. Among those taking a crack at Mr. Zimmerman's songbook: Adele, Sting, Elvis Costello, My Chemical Romance, Ke$ha and, yes, "Party in the USA" songbird Cyrus, who will contribute her take on Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."
On the other end of the age spectrum, 92-year-old folk icon Pete Seeger will offer his version of "Forever Young," accompanied by a children's chorus.
Aside from Dylan's original 1964 rendition of "Chimes of Freedom," all of the songs will be new recordings.