Baskettcase: Musicians & Occupy Wall Street
A Column by Jeremy Baskett
Whether you’re for it or against it, the Occupy Wall Street movement is still gaining steam and making national headlines. What started out as a grassroots movement in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park has led into not only a nationwide movement, but a worldwide protest. Critically acclaimed musicians, filmmakers and writers have already made appearances and contributions at the protest encampments across the country to stand in solidarity with the OWS crowds, but today, new sites have launched to show you who the supporting artists are.
OccupyMusicians.com launched today with artists who signed on to the movement. The website is simple, with a statement at the top that reads, “We, the undersigned musicians and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.” What follows is a long list of musicians who have signed on, as well as their credentials. Most seem unfamiliar, but there are some big standouts, such as Talib Kweli, Tom Morello, Amanda Palmer, Lou Reed, Jello Biafra, Thurston Moore and Ian MacKaye, just to name a few.
Though there are shortcomings of more major artists, there is no telling who may sign on in the weeks to come. The organizers of the site plan to arrange performances at the protest sight, which has already been done with performances at Zuccotti Park by Tom Morello and Jeff Magnum of Neutral Milk Hotel, though he was not yet an official signer to the site.
The site also links to affiliated sites of the like, such as Occupy Writers, Occupy Filmmakers, and Occupy Comics.
Check out Tom Morello singing “The Fabled City” at Occupy Wall Street in New York City