On This Day 1996 - First Tibetan Freedom Concert organized by Adam Youch

Today is the 24th anniversary of the first Tibetan Freedom concert, organized by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. The bill for that festival was something serious...the Pumpkins were there, RHCP, Foos, RATM, Beck, No Doubt, Yoko Ono, and more.

A lineup to salivate over, especially during a time when concerts aren't a part of our current reality!

The show was to benefit Tibet during a time of genocide and human rights violations in the 90s. Adam Youch told Rolling Stone, '“This can become a springboard for change all over the world and exemplify nonviolent struggle and using compassion to stop hatred.” Yauch added that the Free Tibet movement “is not pro-Tibetan, and it’s not anti-Chinese – it’s pro-justice.”'

Youch explained the concept behind the concert a bit more in this interview below:

Tibetan Freedom Concert 1996 - San Francisco CA
Tibetan Freedom Concert - June 1996

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Rolling Stone

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