Magazine article New Internationalist

Live8 Lives in Lalaland

Magazine article New Internationalist

Live8 Lives in Lalaland

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Thanks to all the media megahype surrounding the Live8 concerts which took place on 2 July, Seriously has collected enough ludicrous material to fill volumes. Here are some of the highlights:

The Hyde Park venue had a large 'golden circle' of exclusive access to the front area of the stage where the corporate bourgeoisie paid upwards of $1,000 for the privilege of drinking champagne and Pimms, while the huddled masses of the pop proletariat in the background were forbidden from drinking alcohol at all.

Pop megastar and multimillionaire Madonna opened her set with a rendition of her hit song 'Music' which fittingly includes the lyric: 'Music makes the bourgeoisie and the rebel.' The combined net worth of the pop stars and invited speakers such as Bill Gates is estimated to far exceed the GNP of most African countries.

Meanwhile in Philadelphia, while musicians 'donated their services', many performers received lavish 'gift bags' of branded designer goods such as Gibson guitars, Hugo Boss suits and exclusive fashion accessories, some worth as much as $10,000. None of the items appear to have been fairly traded, sweatshop-free or environmentally friendly.

US artist 50 Cent cancelled his appearance at LiveS because it clashed with his acting commitment for the upcoming film Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. …

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