Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Celebrity Musicians Can’t Feed the World

I was browsing in a used record store in the small town of Bowling Green, Ohio, about a year ago when I found what to a foreign aid wonk is comparable to an original Rolling Stones album. It was the original vinyl recording from 1984 of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”—a single produced by music celebrities including Bono and Paul McCartney to raise relief funds for the Ethiopian famine. The song became the best-selling single in U.K. chart history, a record it kept for many years afterward. (The...

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