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By then, Raitt was also struggling with alcohol and drug abuse problems.Despite her personal and professional problems, Raitt continued to tour and participate in political activism.For her next record, 1982's Green Light, Raitt made a conscious attempt to revisit the sound of her earlier records.However, to her surprise, many of her peers and the media compared her new sound to the burgeoning new wave movement.Also in 1987, Raitt organized a benefit in Los Angeles for Countdown '87 to Stop Contra Aid.The benefit featured herself along with musicians Don Henley, Herbie Hancock, Holly Near and others. I mean, I was out there touring on my savings to keep my name up, and my ability to draw was less and less.Frankly the deal was a really big deal." Warner Brothers held higher expectations for Raitt's next album, The Glow, in 1979, but it was released to poor reviews as well as modest sales.Raitt would have one commercial success in 1979 when she helped organize the five Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist.
The shows spawned the three-record gold album No Nukes, as well as a Warner Brothers feature film of the same name.
The shows featured co-founders Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, John Hall, and Raitt as well as Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Doobie Brothers, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Gil Scott-Heron, and numerous others.
In 1985, she sang and appeared in the video of "Sun City", the anti-apartheid record written and produced by guitarist Steven Van Zandt.
Along with her participation in Farm Aid and Amnesty International concerts, Raitt traveled to Moscow in 1987 to participate in the first joint Soviet/American Peace Concert, later shown on the Showtime television network.
1973's Takin' My Time was also met with critical acclaim, but these notices were not matched by the sales.