"Sun City," Artists United Against Apartheid, video directed by Jonathan Demme with Godley and Creme.
In 1985, a few months after “We Are The World,” artists organized by producers Steven Van Zandt and Arthur Baker, and journalist Danny Schechter, including Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Kool DJ Herc, Grandmaster Melle Mel, The Fat Boys, Ruben Blades, Bob Dylan, Herbie Hancock, Ringo Starr and his son Zak Starkey, Lou Reed, Run DMC, Peter Gabriel, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Darlene Love, Bobby Womack, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, Jackson Browne and then-girlfriend Daryl Hannah, U2, George Clinton, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Peter Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, Hall & Oates, Jimmy Cliff, Big Youth, Michael Monroe, Peter Garrett, Ron Carter, Ray Barretto, Gil-Scott Heron, Nona Hendryx, Pete Townshend, Pat Benatar, Clarence Clemons, and Joey Ramone came together to vow they would not play Sun City, South Africa’s showcase resort and venue.
With the unfortunate announcement that the Rolling Stones are playing a concert in Tel Aviv — even as artists from Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters to Elvis Costello, the Pixies, Coldplay and Annie Lenox have cancelled concerts in Israel to protest its brutal apartheid repression and denial of rights to Palestinians, including night raids, crop destruction, targeted assassinations from the air, home and neighborhood demolitions, land theft and forced relocations, detention of children, and violent suppression of demonstrations — it may be time to update this video.
Demand the Rolling Stones cancel their Tel Aviv concert! According to boycott spokesperson Rafeef Ziadeh, “The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of enforcing a cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa, but performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era.”