Occupy Musicians Just Launched

Sonic Youth, tUnE-yArDs, Fugazi, Lou Reed, Talib Kweli Join Occupy Musicians

Dan Deacon, Laurie Anderson, Sharon Van Etten, Tom Morello, DJ /rupture, Tyondai Braxton, Xiu Xiu, Mirah, Parts and Labor, many more also join online resource in support of Occupy Wall Street

By Jenn Pelly, November 22, 2011 11:26 a.m. CT
Sonic Youth, tUnE-yArDs, Fugazi, Lou Reed, Talib Kweli Join Occupy Musicians

Photos by Lee Ranaldo

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Steve Shelley, Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, and Talib Kweli are among a long roster of artists who have signed on with Occupy Musicians, a newly launched online tool for “sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, instrumentalists, composers, and lyricists” who support Occupy Wall Street and its affiliated protests.

The site serves as a public statement of solidarity with the movement, and will help put on musical performances at Occupy protest sites. It will also serve as a hub for documentation of audio, video, and writings from artists who support the 99 percent.

Other artists who have pledged their support include Tom Morello, Amanda Palmer, DJ /rupture, Dan Deacon, Parts and Labor, Kimya Dawson, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Sharon Van Etten, Marc Ribot, Tyondai Braxton, Jello Biafra, Mirah, Saul Williams, Drew Daniel (Matmos), John Zorn, Dave Allen (Gang of Four), Amy Klein (ex-Titus Andronicus), Rhys Chatham, and many more.

(Full disclosure: One of the organizers of Occupy Musicians is a very good friend. – Ed)

As previously reported, Titus Andronicus and Ted Leo performed at an OWS benefit for the National Lawyer’s Guild last night in New York. And artists from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to Lil B have spoken in support of the movement. Jeff Mangum delivered a performance at Occupy Wall Street last month, which you can watch below.