has partnered with international relief organization War Child
for a benefit album, Heroes
, which will be released on Feb. 24. Astralwerks asked legends like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Blondie and The Ramones to choose one of their own classics and select an artist from the next generation to cover it. The resulting album consists of 16 covers by many of today's finest musicians. It includes Beck
covering Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat," Hot Chip
interpretingJoy Division's "Transmission" and TV on the Radio
covering David Bowie's "Heroes."
War Childis a network of independent organizations dedicated to helping children in regions affected by war. Its ministries
have included music therapy programs in the bomb shelters of Saravejo, refugee education in Pakistan and material aid in Iraq.
War Child has extended the deadlines of the project several times to accommodate the quantity of artists who came forward wishing to participate in the album's creation. In a statement, they said
,"It was impossible to say no."