Published Nov 21, 2011Since the Occupy Movement started in September, the economic inequality protests have spread all over the world and have attached attention from plenty of musicians, including Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, D.O.A. and, uh, Jay-Z (sort of). Now, a group of musicians have started a website to voice their support, and they've roped in some high-profile names.
The Occupy Musicians homepage doesn't say much, operating simply as a list of professional musicians who support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement in general. Among the musicians who have lent their name to the project are Lou Reed, Lou's wife Laurie Anderson, Amanda Palmer, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches, Kliph Scurlock of the Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, Saul Williams, the Glitch Mob, Talib Kweli, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat/Fugazi/Dischord Records, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, and Tom Morello.
There's also a massive list of musicians who you've probably never heard of. These include, according to the website, "sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, producers, instrumentalists, composers, lyricists, etc."
If you're a musician who supports Occupy, you can scroll to the bottom of the website to find details about how to be included on the list of supporters. Regardless of how you actually feel about the protests, there's no doubt that Occupy is turning out pretty well for music fans, especially if those intimate live performances keep happening.
Other similar Occupy Arts websites are Occupy Writers, Occupy Filmmakers and Occupy Comics.