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Amnesty International and Ozzy Osbourne Salute 70th Anniversary of John Lennon's Birth With Exclusive Digital Release on iTunes Store
Oct 05, 2010 (02:10 PM EDT)


NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amnesty International is joining with Yoko  Ono and Ozzy Osbourne in shining a light on the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon with a special new recording of the iconic Lennon song "How?" to be released on iTunes on Tuesday, October 5.  All U.S. proceeds will benefit Amnesty International, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization.  The recording will be available worldwide as a digital download exclusively on iTunes. The release on October 5, is just four days before what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday on October 9. The accompanying music video shot on New York streets and at the Lennon Memorial in Central Park is premiering exclusively on AOL's PopEater.com.

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"Lennon was a driving force for humanity," said Ozzy Osbourne who cites Lennon and the Beatles as his inspiration for becoming a musician.

Three years ago Ono donated to Amnesty International all of Lennon's publishing royalties for "Instant Karma" -  Amnesty's album of Lennon compositions  performed by many of the world's leading artists including U2, R.E.M., Green Day, Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith and Christina Aguilera.

"This year the whole world is celebrating the 70th anniversary of John's birth," Yoko Ono said. "His spirit and influence is stronger than ever. "

Amnesty International USA's Executive Director Larry Cox said, "Yoko and John Lennon were devoted to seeking a better world and used the power of their artistry to work toward that goal. Ozzy Osbourne's gift, with Sharon Osbourne's strong and generous support, makes the same powerful statement today - that individuals can make a difference when they join with others who share a commitment to justice and freedom."

The recording was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Mark Hudson.  

About Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 2.8 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. For more information, please visit www.amnestyusa.org and www.musicforhumanrights.org.

SOURCE Amnesty International