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The Scriptures Breaks World Record!

It has been officially confirmed that The Scriptures has been accepted by Guinness as the World’s Longest Officially Released Song.

The Scriptures is credited to ‘Love Hope Strength’ and officially released on The Twenty First Century Recording Company label.

The recording is still available to purchase from iTunes and as a double CD with complete lyrics and recording information from The Alarm webstore.

Love Hope Strength Foundation founding member and inspiration behind the project – Mike Peters (a two times cancer survivor and singer of The Alarm), says “I am so proud of everyone associated with the World Record Breaking feat and along with PledgeMusic (who facilitated the campaign), we will be sending private access codes to everyone who took part so that they can secure their own copy of the recording breaking certificate direct from the Guinness World Record website in due course”.

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Love Hope Strength is a cancer charity that runs bone marrow donor drives at rock concerts through a program entitled ‘Get On The List’ that has signed up over 90,000 people to the international registry and located almost 2000 potentially life saving matches for people who, like Mike Peters, suffer from Blood Cancer.

To record The Scriptures, Love Hope Strength called upon artists, poets and celebrities from around the world to contribute lyrics to the song that was recorded by other artists and members of the public who became involved through a PledgeMusic Campaign (www.pledgemusic.com) that ran throughout 2014.

Recording sessions took place at studios in Israel, New York, Los Angeles and at the World Famous Abbey Road Studio 2 in London.

The project was conceived to help fund the continuing work being done by the Hadassah Bone Marrow Donor registry in Jerusalem that is acting as a bridge of peace in the Holy Land by helping save lives across the middle east and beyond. The registry is run by a special woman named Dr. Amal Bishara (An Arab Christian), who has already helped to save over 20 people from her first 20,000 registrations. The Hadassah Regsitry is based at the Ein Karem Medical Centre in Jerusalem which was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize because of it’s non-political stance in helping patients from all over the Middle East regardless of ethnicity, background or nationality.

THE SCRIPTURES IS RELEASED NOW!

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce the official release for The Scriptures – Now!!!

The World’s Longest Officially Released Song is available to order as a Double CD and / or immediate Digital Download from today.

It has been an incredible undertaking to write, record and produce all of it’s World Record Breaking 103.4 minutes and now it’s complete, I can honestly say it is everything I hoped it would be and even more.

As you will hear, the finished work is more than a song, more than an album and more than a recording by a group of musicians. To my ears, it is a work of art, crafted from the imaginations of hundreds of people from all walks of life and all corners of the globe.

It is as human as humanity will allow and there is something for everyone within its audio landscape.

To stay focused on the outcome, producer Mark Warden and I I took inspiration from other extended works of magnitude such as ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’ by Bob Dylan, or T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’, but going longer than any officially released song in history took a concerted effort from everyone involved and I am grateful for every contribution no matter how big or small.

I have given more of myself to this project than I thought I had to give, and to bring so many musicians, writers and contributors together as one has taken a lot of time, effort, commitment, love and understanding that is hopefully reflected in the 6.247 words that make up this human tapestry of verse and sound. Everyone and everything that was contributed has played its part in the grand scheme of the finished article which is an honest and open reflection of the world we live in – today.

The song itself features 75 individual verses of music that ebb and flow through 103.4 record breaking minutes that never once let up on intensity, passion and diversity. The musical arrangement and lyrics are constantly evolving, reflecting the thoughts and feelings of a huge cross section of humanity depicted in the thousands of words that give life to this monumental recording.

There are over 200 musicians taking part along with myself and all the members of The Alarm 2014 including Smiley, Craig Adams, James Stevenson, Mark Taylor and Steve Allan Jones plus contributions from Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet, Miles Zuniga of Fastball, Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel and a host of interesting musicians and voices from around the world ranging from Los Angeles to Israel and beyond.

The Scriptures began with a single guitar chord being recorded at Bardo Studios, Tel Aviv that was added to via sessions in Wales, Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Boston before being completed at London’s Abbey Road Studio 2.

On September 29th 2014 at Abbey Road, an assembly of PledgeMusic musicians backed by a full ensemble of Alarm members launched into the finale section of The Scriptures – carrying the spirit of every single person who had become involved in the creative process along the way. In a place synonymous with the history of rock and roll the song went further than any other piece of officially released music before and broke the Guinness World Record for ‘The World’s Longest Officially Released Song’ in the process.

Now you too can listen to history being made and by buying a copy of The Scriptures you can help Love Hope Strength Foundation in its mission of ‘Saving Lives – One ’Record’ At A Time’.

All Proceeds from this recording are in support of the Unrelated Marrow Donor Registry of Hadassah ℅ Ein Karem Medical Centre, Jeruslaem, Israel which is dedicated to saving lives throughout the Middle East.

The Scriptures is available to order now from www.pledgemusic.com/lhsf, digitally and as a Double CD format complete with comprehensive lyric book and formal credits detailing who played what and where.

Once ordered, the digital version of The Scriptures is available for immediate download at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thescriptures/downloads.

Thanks for all your support.

Mike Peters 2014

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AccessPass Update

Scriptures Recording Session in London this Sunday

Dear Scriptures recording team, The London Scriptures recording session for this Sunday will take place at Greystoke Studios, 39 Greystoke Park Terrace, Ealing, London. W5 1JL. I have booked the ...

Abbey Road Sessions … More News!

Dear Scriptures Creative Team and Prospective Pledgemakers,

We have had some excellent news from Abbey Road Studios in London who have just confirmed that we will be moving our session on September 29th from studio 3 to Studio 2 which was the main room used by the Beatles to cut most of their recordings in the 1960’s (including ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and also the studio used by myself and The Alarm to record ‘Declaration’ in 1983), so it promises to be an even more historic day than we could have imagined.

Due to extremely popular demand I will be releasing some additional pledges to attend the Abbey Road session on September 29th which will also be the last day to make a contribution as the master recordings will have to be complete and delivered for manufacture on the morning of September 30th if we are to make our record breaking deadline.

More information on how the day will work to follow soon.

Love Hope Strength

Mike Peters