Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Chris Martin and the band Coldplay have released a new crowdsourced music video protesting worldwide land grabs for the organization Oxfam, which according to their website “is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.”
The clip, which consists of video footage and still images provided by thousands of the band’s fans, was compiled by Coldplay music video director Mat Whitecross and is set to an acoustic take on “In My Place,” recorded in the Absolute Radio Studio for the website One Golden Square back in 2002. The original version of the song can be found on the band’s 2002 full-length release, A Rush of Blood to the Head.
The resulting video is packed with thoughtful images based around the theme of displacement, and the personal devastation that can result from it. Among the Coldplay fans in the video are a smattering of celebrities, including actor Dominic Cooper and for a brief moment, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran (he can be seen holding a sign that reads “stop land grabs” at around the 1:58 mark of the video).
Coldplay has also released the first three issues of their new Mylo Xyloto comic book series, available now in digital form at Apple’s iBookstore. The debut issue is up for free, while a hard copy edition can be purchased on the band’s online store.
British fans can pick up a special Record Store Day version of the comic on April 20, which comes with a limited edition 7-inch picture disc featuring “Hurt Like Heaven” and “Us Against The World (Live).” Coldplay fans not in the U.K. will have a shot at buying a limited number of the RSD comic/picture disc packages on the band’s website starting on April 27 and at select international retailers.