As last week marked the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that threw Haiti into turmoil, it’s especially encouraging to me to see that Oxfam’s friends and supporters from the world of music continue to help raise funds and awareness about our recovery work there.
One such project is Radiohead For Haiti, a completely fan-sourced DVD document of Radiohead’s Oxfam America benefit concert in Los Angeles on January 24, 2010. The video is comprised of footage from 14 different people who were in the crowd that evening, each of whom captured bits and pieces of the concert on a variety of devices, from Flip cams to semi-professional video recorders. The project was curated over the internet through Radiohead message boards and email, and then painstakingly edited together over the course of nine months.
Once the DVD was completed, the video-makers contacted Radiohead’s management for permission to release the project to the public. The band granted their official blessing, with the proviso that downloaders and viewers should be encouraged to donate to Oxfam America’s Haiti Relief and Recovery Fund atwww.oxfamamerica.org/radiohead (using the same kind of pay-what-you-want approach that marked the band’s landmark release of the album In Rainbows in 2007). And fans have stepped up: since the film’s release on Christmas Eve, they have donated over $16,000 to support Oxfam’s work in Haiti.
More than 1 million people have been affected by flooding in Sri Lanka. Oxfam has been working with communities that suffer the effects of flooding for over forty years and is currently looking to send a sizeable aid package to help those affected by the recent torrential monsoons that have caused the floods in Sri Lanka
Radiohead for Haiti // “How To Disappear Completely”
Stereogum has some great photos, as well as the set list, from Radiohead’s Haiti benefit show at the Music Box here in Los Angeles this past Sunday. I unfortunately didn’t go (the $450 per ticket, 2 ticket bid, was a little steep for me), but I bet it was an unforgettable show. Major props to Radiohead for throwing this together and raising over $500,000 for Oxfam’s relief efforts in Haiti.
This is yet another tremendously awesome collaboration between musicians from different bands to come out this year. While it doesn’t come out until September 29th in the US, you can listen to 1 minute samples on their MySpace.
Proceeds from sales of the album benefit Oxfam. (via Pitchfork)