Concert for Human Rights - Paris. 1998. 10-Dec-1998
‘The Amnesty International human rights concerts in Paris [was] our only European appearance [that] year. We hope this [was] an effective way to support Amnesty International in their positive work to promote the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration. Without the work of Amnesty, the Declaration would be mere rhetoric.'
Radiohead's, Thom Yorke, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, Phil Selway, and Jonny Greenwood formed the band as students at Oxford University in 1988. Since the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey, in 1993 the band has been renowned for their critically acclaimed music, attracting millions of fans the world over.
Since then they have released 5 other hugely successful albums – The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief. Radiohead's music was re-defined when their fourth album, Kid A, was released in October 2000. The album went straight to number one in spite of the fact that no ordinary promotion scheme was used, and no singles were released from the album. Always skilfully teetering between rock classicism and futurism, Radiohead’s music continually evolves and challenges its listeners.
Radiohead have been long-time supporters of Amnesty International, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by playing at Amnesty International’s Paris concert in 1998. They were also among the artists who have contributed album tracks to the Music For Human Rights CD, a compilation issued by Amnesty International USA.
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