February 15th 2003: the biggest protest action in human history. Over 15 million people, in over 60 cities around the world, protested against the military invasion of Iraq. 2002-2007 was also the most prolific period of protest song recording in history, and the Peace Not War music project was the focus for these recordings. Peace Not War responded to the destructive "War On Terror" with creativity and positivity. A network of Peace Not War bands in the UK staged dozens of concerts in clubs, squats, and at protest gatherings.

 

A handful of activists with no experience in the music industry set up Peace Not War in an East London living room and requested submissions for a fundraising compilation CD. The project escalated as rapidly as the public feelings about the slaughter of innocent civilians. Over 500 bands offered their songs freely.

 

Releasing radical music to educate the mainstream, and inspiring peace activists with sonic energy, Peace Not War was the soundtrack to the peace movement. 7 compilation albums have been released. A total of 263,000 CDs were distributed in 21 countries.  All proceeds from CD sales were donated to a wide spectrum of peace activist organisations.

 

Peace Not War Vol. 2 is considered to be the finest protest song compilation ever released, and the collection of protest songs submitted to Peace Not War is the world's largest, but this awesome archive of music has been unavailable for years.

 

To mark the tenth anniversary of the world's largest protest action, Peace Not War is re-releasing the two classic double-albums as digital downloads:

VOLUME ONE

 

ALABAMA 3

ANI DIFRANCO

ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION feat. TARIQ ALI

BILLY BRAGG

BINDI BLACHER

CHANGE

CHUMBAWAMBA

CRASS feat. EP THOMSON

DJ DISORIENTALIST

FUN-DA-MENTAL

GM BABYZ

JOHN LESTER

LASZO BECKETT

LIFE

MASSIVE ATTACK

MIDNIGHT OIL

MS DYNAMITE

MUD FAMILY

NITIN SAWHNEY

POK & THE SPACEGOATS

PUBLIC ENEMY

ROOTS MANUVA

SAUL WILLIAMS feat. COLDCUT

SEIZE THE DAY

SIA

SLEATER-KINNEY 

SLOVO

THE MARK OF CAIN

THE UNPEOPLE feat. JOHN PILGER

TORBEN & JOE feat. KEN LIVINGSTONE & GEORGE GALLOWAY

YO LA TENGO 

 

VOLUME TWO

 

ANI DIFRANCO

ANTI-FLAG

BANCO DE GAIA

BRAD POSTLETHWAITE

CARPETFACE feat. FREEFALL COLLECTIVE

FAITHLESS

FLOW OFFICIAL

FREE*LAND

GERTRUDE

GHETTO PRIEST

GM BABY feat. SUPARNOVAR

HAMELL ON TRIAL

JANE’S ADDICTION

JURASSIC 5 feat. BABU

KARMA SUTRA

LE TIGRE

LIFESAVAS

LYRICS BORN feat. LATEEF

MARTHA TILSTON

MAYA JUPITER

MC ANGEL feat. THE RUB

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD feat. GIFT OF GAB

PARIS

PROPAGANDHI

RAWDOG feat. TASKFORCE & BRAINTAX

ROBB JOHNSON

SARA MARLOWE

SARITAH

SON OF NUN

SONIC YOUTH

THE EVENS

THE HERD

THE KELLY GANG

THE RUB

TRAIN OF THOUGHT

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