Music At “Occupy Wall Street”

Music has always played an important role in the fight for freedom, civil rights and economic justice. During the Revolutionary War, the tune Yankee Doodle was sung by American troops to mock the British and to praise the new Continental Army. During the 1930s Woody Guthrie sang songs about the poor and marginalized, and Billie Holiday sang the song “Strange Fruit” to protest lynching in the South. Folk singers like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary sang at civil rights demonstrations and songs like “We Shall Overcome” were sung by civil rights activists for inspiration and strength. In the 1970s, punk bands like the Clash and ska bands like The Specials sang songs about the alienation and economic misery of a generation under Margaret Thatcher’s England. In the early 1990s, rappers like Public Enemy wrote rap songs that highlighted the plight of the inner city poor. So it’s no surprise that music has played a large part in the protests in Occupy Wall Street.

There are several documentaries that tell of the importance of music in social change. The documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony documents the importance of musicians in keeping the spirit up for anti-apartheid activists in South Africa. Get Up Stand Up is a PBS documentary about the popular music has played in the ongoing struggles for peace and equality. Soundtrack For A Revolution documents the freedom songs that were so inspirational to the civil rights activists of the 1960s. Two years ago The White House hosted a celebration of music from the civil rights movement, a highlight being a performance of “The Times They Are A Changing” by Bob Dylan.

Here are a collection of youtube videos of musicians who have contributed their talents to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

A youtube video of music in Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of David Crosbie and Graham Nash singing “Teach Your Children” for Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of Joan Baez at Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of Tom Morello at Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of Peter Yarrow and Christopher Yarrow singing “Have You Been To Jail for Justice?” for Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of Morgan O’Kane bluegrass banjo in Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of rag time jazz at Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of the Occupy Sydney String Quartet

A youtube video of Immortal Technique rapping for Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of a rap at Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of Josh Fox, Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright in Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of a jug band at Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of a marching band performance at Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of Moby, Kweli, Kanye West, Russell Simmons, Bilal, Angelique Kidjo, and Gbenga Akinnagbe showing their support of Occupy Wall Street

A youtube video of a marching band in Occupy Austin

A youtube video of a marching band in Occupy Oakland

A youtube video of the Extra Action Marching Band in Occupy Oakland

A youtube video of a drum circle in Occupy Wall Street

Advertisements

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s