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Amnesty International concerts from ’80s, ’90s arrive on DVD

Updated: April 14, 2014 4:49PM

Historic Human Rights Concerts staged by Amnesty International from 1986 to 1998 will be released as “¡RELEASED!,” a six-DVD box set and companion double CD by Shout! Factory.

The release on Tuesday coincides with the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Human Rights Now! world tour with headliners Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N’Dour. The six-week trek across five continents drew more than 1 million attendees and was televised to millions, tripling Amnesty’s global membership.

Net proceeds from sales of the sets will benefit the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization.

The DVD set features 36 musicians performing 120 songs over 12 hours. Five hours of extras flesh out the package. Three of the four films have never been issued previously in video or audio format. The 1988 concert film had a limited release and has long been unavailable.

Gannett News Service

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