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Music heavyweights U2, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and more have signed a letter through Amnesty International calling for the immediate release of the band Pussy Riot.
Hundreds of other artists have also co-signed the letter aimed at putting pressure on the Russian government currently forcing Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina to serve a two year sentence for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility”
The letter reads as follows:
“As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffered in the protests, about whom we are also very concerned. But, in many ways, through your imprisonment, you have come to represent them.
“Many artists voiced their concern when these charges were first brought against you, we had every hope that the authorities, in dealing with you, would show some understanding, a sense of proportion, even some of the wonderful Russian sense of humour, but none of the above were forthcoming.
“The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide. Especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world, including the many parents who feel your anguish at being separated from your children. While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.
“The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy. You have been accused of what could be described as ‘a victimless’ crime, but in our opinion, in a just society, there can be no crime where there is no identifiable ‘victim’.
“Your strength, bravery and fearlessness are an inspiration to us all.”
If you want to learn more about the incredible story of these courageous women – make sure you check out the HBO documentary A Punk Prayer – which is available on-demand now
With every passing day it seems less likely that Daft Punk will tour - or even do a music video in support of Random Access Memories. With that in mind, we really have to savor any time the band decides to pop up - even if it's in a photo shoot for Vogue
Here are the robots hanging out with Karlie Kloss in NYC
Sunday, August 18th the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles will pay tribute to the late Johnny Ramone for the ninth year in a row. After passing away in 2004, fans have paid tribute at the eight foot statue of the iconic guitarist located in the cemetery.
This years event will be hosted by cult film maker John Waters and will feature a screening of Waters 1990 flock “Cry-Baby” and also features and appearance and signing from co-star Traci Lords (other special guests have been promised as well). Rare footage and music videos from the Ramones will also be played.
Ramone was widely known to be a fan of smaller, independent art movies – “so much so that he planned to become a cult film director after the Ramones ended.” Previous tributes at the cemetery have featured screenings of films like “Night of the Living Dead” and “Freaks”
Arguably, the most popular aspect of these tribute events is the Johnny Ramone look alike contests. There’s nothing quite like a sea of people in leather jackets, bowl cuts and Converse – though dressing up as any member of the Ramones is encouraged. As always, the contest is judged by Ramone’s wife Linda.
Tickets for the event are on-sale now – proceeds will benefit the Johnny Ramone Research Fund for prostate cancer.