On June 25, the global Playing for Change Band salutes the 50th Anniversary of the world’s first global satellite broadcast, which featured The Beatles live performance of “All You Need is Love,” a song written especially for the occasion. The song, viewed by a worldwide audience of 400 million, became the anthem for San Francisco’s Summer of Love – also celebrating its 50th anniversary in a series of commemorative events.
The PFC Band lineup includes some of the best musicians from all over the world. The result is a unique fusion of influences and talents from the streets to the stage to the hearts of the people.
The PFC Band concert takes place at 7:30 pm on June 25th at San Francisco’s premier music venue –The Independent. The PFC Band will salute the 50th anniversary with its own special version of “All You Need is Love” with an invitation for the audience to join in. Their set will feature other songs from the Summer of Love era, celebrating its 50th anniversary in San Francisco all summer.
The Beatles performance of “All You Need is Love,” broadcast live from Abbey Road, was the climax of an international television program titled “Our World” that included Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein and media theorist Marshall McLuhan. Musicians Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Keith Richard, Keith Moon and Graham Nash were among the crowd at Abbey Road. «It was the first worldwide satellite broadcast ever,» Ringo Starr recalled years later. «It's a standard thing that people do now, but then, when we did it, it was a first. That was exciting – we were doing a lot of firsts.»
The PFC Band’s concert salute will also be broadcast around the world. It will stream live on peacechannel.com, an online music and news station streaming the best of humanity, around the clock 365 days a year. The event is hosted by PeaceDay365 and Unity Foundation — unityfoundation.org, which has been promoting world peace, cooperation and unity through music events for more than 40 years. The live stream will help introduce the countdown to the Ninth Annual Peace Day Global Broadcast, celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21. The Peace Day Global Broadcast is produced by the Unity Foundation in association with PeaceDay365 and streams from the United Nations website on peacechannel.com.
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. Among the artists involved in the project are Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, David Guido Pietroni, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb' Mo', David Broza, Manu Chao, Grandpa Elliott, Keith Richards, Toots Hibbert from Toots & the Maytals, Taj Mahal and Stephen Marley. This resulted in the award-winning documentary A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians.
In 2007 the movement launched the Playing For Change Foundation, an investment in free music education opportunities for children in at-risk communities stretching from Africa, Southeast Asia to Latin America.
«A few months ago I had the life-affirming experience of standing in the very room at Abbey Road Studios where the historic broadcast of All You is Love took place,» said John McKenna, Executive Director of Playing For Change Foundation. «Imagine the beautiful privilege and joy to be celebrating the spirit of the song five decades later, in unity with our peace partners and band, streaming the message across the planet. The Beatles were right then, and they are right now. At the core, all we need is love.»
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