Music and a good cause: these are two things near and dear to my own heart that are being brought together by Setlists for Young Voices.
Setlists For Young Voices is a new initiative developed and launched by Nick Hornby (novelist, screenwriter, co-founder of Ministry of Stories, a London-based youth writing center), with the help of Dave Eggers (novelist, co-founder of San Francisco youth writing center 826 Valencia), and Michael Chabon (novelist, screenwriter). “One of my friends used to stand at the front of the show so he could read the setlist and call out the name of the next song. It really used to annoy the band,” Hornby says. “So this is a way to satisfy your music-geek side without aggravating your favorite musicians.”
The auction began last night and features 100+ setlists from world famous musicians. The auction’s proceeds will benefit both Nick’s Ministry of Stories and The International Congress of Youth Voices. This event will bring international teen writers and activists together in San Juan, Puerto Rico this summer. The auction will end in ten days on May 2nd. Auction and all setlists can be found here: www.youthwriting.org/bid.
“We’re hoping to raise about $50,000,” says Eggers. “That will have a powerful impact on more than 150 student writers at the Ministry of Stories and writing centers worldwide.”
Notable setlists include two from R.E.M.’s first major tour in 1989 and signed by all four original members, five hand-written setlists by Patti Smith, Death Cab For Cutie’s setlist from the 15th anniversary of Transatlanticism where they played the album in its entirety in Chicago, three setlists from Rush’s 2013 Clockwork Angels tour (the band’s penultimate tour), a Peter Townsend-signed setlist from The Who, a setlist from My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (who is helping launch a Young Authors Greenhouse in his hometown of Louisville, KY), a Coachella 2019setlist from Janelle Monae, and many more from the likes of Wilco, Sigur Ros, Steely Dan, Dixie Chicks, Nine Inch Nails, Mitski, Rush, Jim James, Toro Y Moi, Maxwell, The Pretenders, Shakey Graves, Better Oblivion Community Center and more.
Check out the auction online through the link below, and consider buying yourself a piece of music history while doing some good at the same time.