Occupy Album and Guitarmy

What do Jeff Mangum, Brian Eno, Sean Lennon, Russell Simmons, Pete Seeger, Crosby & Nash, Perry Farrell and Tom Morello all have in common?

Last fall they all participated in Occupy Wall Street protests at Zuccotti Park.  Now, the latest integration of music and famous musicians into Occupy protests is Occupy Guitarmy enlisting 1000 musicians for a “Music March” at noon on May 1st in Bryant Park.  The Guitararmy is part of Occupy’s plans for a “General Strike” “day without the 99 percent” on May Day (aka International Workers’ Day, a celebration of the international labour movement).  The full schedule is listed at the bottom of this post.

Occupy Guitarmy

Occupy Guitarmy Links: Spread Guitarmy Propaganda  Occupy Guitarmy set list: “One Guitar”  “We Shall Not Be Moved”  “World Wide Rebel Songs”  “El pueblo unido”  “This Land Is Your Land”  “Which Side Are You On?” (Occupy Version)

Due out May 15th, Occupy This Album is a four CD/ 99-track digital “compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%”  with previously unreleased tracks from Yo La Tengo & the Lost City Rumblers, Jackson Browne, Ani DiFranco, Thievery Corporation, Deborah Harry, Third Eye Blind, Arlo Guthrie & Family, David Crosby & Graham Nash – and Michael Moore singing “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”  Also on this set: Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power (Live In Marseille),” Yoko Ono’s “Move On Fast,” Willie Nelson’s “A Peaceful Solution,” Thee Oh Sees’ “Robber Barons,” Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman’s “World Wide Rebel Songs” and various tracks by UNKLE, Anti-Flag, Jill Sobule with John Doe, Toots & The Maytals, The Mammals (feat. Pete Seeger), Dar Williams and many more.  On May 8, Music for Occupy will hold a record release party at New York’s new City Winery (155 Varick St. New York, N.Y. 10013).

An “Occupy thi Album” digital sampler including Mogwai’s new “Earth Division” is now streaming here.

A video/ photo/ tweet recap of last fall’s OWS – including performances by Jeff Mangum, Sean Lennon, Brian Eno, Tom Morello – is here.

News of Occupy This Album broke on Thanksgiving 2011 – just three days after the press release that announced Occupy Wall Street’s spin-off movement, Occupy Musicians.  Among the more prominent members of Occupy Musicians are Lou Reed, most of Sonic Youth (Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Steve Shelley), Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, Dead Kennedy’s Jello Biafra, Gang of Four’s Dave Allen, Rhys Chatham, Flaming Lips’ Kliph Scurlock, John Zorn, Marc Ribot (free jazzer and sideman for Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and others), Talib Kweli, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, tUnE-yArDs’ Merill Garbus, Sharon Van Etten, former Titus Andronicus guitarist Amy Klein, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, Parts and Labor and Kimya Dawson. The complete list of participants is at occupymusicians.com.









Related post: Occupy Wall Street Film Raises Funds with Music Collectors Items – Thee Oh Sees Vinyl, Original Painting by Kyp Malone, Gummy Skulls Autographed by Coyne, more


99 Picket Lines
Midtown Manhattan
Community groups, unions, affinity groups and OWS
more info

Pop-up Occupation with Mutual Aid (unpermitted)
8am–2pm, Bryant Park, Manhattan
Occupy Wall Street
more info

May Day Morning Commute from Brooklyn
8:00am, Maria Hernandez Park, Brooklyn
Free Coffee + Breakfast! MARCH from Knickerbocker to Flushing to Broadway to Continental Army Plaza
Occupy Williamsburg, Occupy Bushwick
more info

Sitting Meditation
8–11am, Bryant Park (southwest corner), Manhattan
OWS Meditation working group

Bike Bloc
9am, Union Square, Manhattan
Strike Everywhere
more info

The Free University: Lectures, Workshops, Skill-Shares and Discussions
10am–3pm, Madison Square Park, Manhattan
more info

Occupy Brooklyn March over the Williamsburg Bridge and into Wall Street
10:30am, Continental Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Occupy Williamsburg, Occupy Bushwick
more info

Building Community Alternatives to Capitalism Day
11am–10pm, LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn
Brooklyn Skillshare
more info

Teach-in: How to Keep Your Cool and Occupy…Understanding Aggression
11am, Bryant Park (southwest corner), Manhattan
OWS Meditation working group

High School Student Walkout Convergence
12pm, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
more info

Guitarmy: Guitar Workshop and Rehearsal with Tom Morello
Permitted Gathering Space for May Day Festivities
12pm, Bryant Park, Gertrude Stein Statue (east side), Manhattan
OWS Music working group
more info

art events all day throughout NYC
more info

Wildcat March (unpermitted)
1pm, Sara D. Roosevelt Park (East Houston St. & 2nd Ave.), Manhattan
Strike Everywhere
more info

OWS Mutual Aid cluster
1pm-4pm, Union Square
OWS Mutual Aid cluster is hosting a free store, skill shares and workshops on a variety of subjects related to life outside the dominant capitalist paradigm.

3pm May Pole Dance with Movement for Change and the Puppet Guild.

Meditation Flash Mob followed by Kirtan
1pm, Bryant Park (southwest corner), Manhattan
OWS Meditation working group

Day Without Workers/Día sin los Trabajadores: May Day March and Speakout
2pm, 5th Ave. at 54th St. in Brooklyn, marching to 36th St & 4th Ave. to take subway at 3:30pm to Union Square rally in Manhattan
Occupy/Ocupemos Sunset Park
more info

MayDay on D-Block!!
2pm, Houston & Ave D, Manhattan
LES public housing residents & tenants take their struggle to the street! All invited!
Occupy Avenue D

Occupy Wall Street & Guitarmy March (unpermitted)
2pm, Bryant Park to Union Square, Manhattan
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!
3pm at Regal Movie Theatre, 50 Broadway (at 13th St.) – joining rally at Union Square after
Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project
more info

Solidarity Rally with Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria and special guests (permitted)
4–5:30pm, Union Square, Manhattan
May First Coalition, Labor Unions and OWS
more info

May Day Choir Convergence
5:15pm, Madison Square Park (in front of the fountain), Manhattan
more info

Occupy the Rent Guidelines Board: A Tenants’ General Assembly
5:30pm, 7 East 7th St. (outside Cooper Union), Manhattan
Real Rent Reform Campaign

Solidarity March (permitted)
5:30pm, Union Square to Wall Street, Manhattan
May First Coalition, Labor Unions and OWS
more info

JD Samson & MEN Perform
7pm, 2 Broadway
After the march concludes, more performances and speakers will start the after-party!


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