Amchitka, the 1970 concert that launched Greenpeace: now released

TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - Greenpeace Canada has released an exclusive live recording of Amchitka, the 1970 concert that launched Greenpeace, featuring Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and the late Phil Ochs.

The concert was a fundraiser to protest U.S. nuclear bomb tests near Amchitka, Alaska. The two-disc, re-mastered CD is available exclusively through Greenpeace at Single track and full CD downloads are also available. All proceeds will benefit the organization.

"This CD is a musical slice of history for Greenpeace supporters and music lovers around the world," said Bruce Cox, Greenpeace Canada's executive director. "The CD includes never-before-heard songs, duets and chatter that capture the confidence and hope of the times. The musical magic carries a timeless message that change is possible."

The concert, in front of 10,000 people in the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia on 16 October 1970, was organized by former trial lawyer and activist Irving Stowe. As co-director of the Don't Make a Wave Committee, Stowe raised enough money to send 11 peace activists by boat, named The Greenpeace, to the Aleutian Island of Amchitka. The voyage in 1971 marked the birth of the worldwide organization known today as Greenpeace.

"Without this concert, the Amchitka voyage would not have happened so we owe Irving Stowe, and the talents of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Phil Ochs a debt of gratitude for creating the momentum that launched Greenpeace," said Cox. "The Amchitka activists set an example that has guided and defined Greenpeace: non-violent, direct action to protect our environment and motivate societal change."

The CD features concert performances by Joni Mitchell, then a rising star; 22-year old James Taylor and protest singer Phil Ochs. Earlier in 1970, Melody Maker magazine named Mitchell the Top Female Performer of the year, and Taylor had released his major breakthrough album Sweet Baby James. The CD set costs $21 and includes a 48-page booklet of never-before-seen photos and a first-hand account of the concert.

Songs on the CD include historic versions of Larry Williams' "Bony Maroney" and Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Another rare treat is Mitchell's performance of "Hunter" which was never recorded on any studio album. Commenting on Phil Ochs' performance, his brother Michael Ochs said, "This is possibly the best live recording I have ever heard by Phil."

Editors: visit for more information on the CD.

SOURCE Green News

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