Ozzy Osbourne Covers John Lennon's 'How' for Amnesty

October 5, 2010

This week marks the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth, and we at Amnesty are excited to share with you a brand-new cover of the iconic Lennon song “How?” premiering today on iTunes!

The recording of “How?” is a cover by the infamous rocker Ozzy Osbourne, who cites Lennon and the Beatles as his inspiration for becoming a musician.

“If we want to survive as a race of people we’ve got to address problems head on.  John and Yoko took the bull by the horns and for that you’ve got to take your hat off to both of them,” said Ozzy.

The song’s accompanying music video was shot on the streets of New York and at the Lennon Memorial in Central Park.

Three years ago, Yoko Ono graciously donated to us all of Lennon’s publishing royalties for “Instant Karma” –  an album of Lennon compositions  performed by many of the world’s leading artists including U2, R.E.M., Green Day, Black Eyed Peas, Aerosmith and Christina Aguilera. The album was critically acclaimed and has raised millions of dollars to benefit our work on Darfur.

“This year the whole world is celebrating the 70th anniversary of John’s birth,” said Ono. “His spirit and influence is stronger than ever. John shared a common purpose with Amnesty International – shining a light on wrongs and campaigning to protect people’s rights.  We all shine on!”

All proceeds from downloads of “How?” will fund our work.