| Aug. 21, 2009 5:13 PM
  • Length: 9:57 minutes (8 MB)

Mark Johnson is the founder of Playing for Change, a project with a simple motive: Unite the world through music. His first success story was a YouTube video featuring musicians from around the globe performing "Stand by Me." It starts with a street guitarist in Santa Monica and proceeds with musicians from South Africa, France, Brazil, and Russia, adding new musical layers as it goes. Since then, Johnson's project has spawned a PBS documentary, CDs, a DVD, an upcoming concert tour, and a foundation to bring music to disadvantaged communities.

Nikki Gloudeman spoke with Johnson about the street musicians who inspired his project, his high-tech mobile recording studio, and his favorite stories from the streets of Ireland to townships of South Africa.

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