Occupy This Album!

The new Occupy  Wall Street disc, Occupy This Album!, will be released May 15th. Featuring everyone (almost) from Willie Nelson to Yoko Ono and Joan Baez to Lucinda Williams, it’s something I’m looking forward to.

The album has seventy-eight songs while the download has ninety-nine plus a hidden track. Either way, it looks like it will be sampling of some of the best voices, both old and new. If you disagree with that, it might be fun just for the juxtaposition of some of the names. Where else are you gonna find Devo and Arlo Guthrie on the same record?

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, the grandson of folkie Pete Seeger, is one of the next generation to be involved. Singing in both English and Spanish, he’s known for playing the guitar, banjo and harmonica. He’s also the founder of the Mammals, a band who plays everything from old time to Americana.

Though not on this album, blues and country legend Bonnie Raitt has a song on her latest disc devoted to the movement as well. From her own label Redwing Records, the song Used To Rule The World appears on Slipstream. Always active on social issues, Raitt was a founding member of Musicians United For Safe Energy and an inspiration in the anti-nuclear movement as well.

Music has been an important part of the culture of the movement and documenting the songs is important. Most social issues and civil rights struggles have their theme songs for lack of a better term. What will become the We Shall Overcome of this era?

Rolling Stone listed the included artists as:

  • Crosby & Nash
  • Yoko Ono
  • Debbie Harry
  • Devo
  • Willie Nelson
  • Jackson Browne
  • Tom Morello
  • Michael Moore
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Immortal Technique
  • Joan Baez, James McMurtry and Steve Earle
  • Mogwai
  • Warren Haynes
  • DJ Logic
  • Ladytron
  • Lucinda Williams
  • The Guthrie Family
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Toots and the Maytals
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Rain Phoenix
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Aeroplane Pageant
  • Chroma •Cosmonaut
  • Global Block
  • Harry Hayward
  • Jay Samel
  • Jennie Arnau
  • Joel Rafael
  • Lloyd Cole
  • Matt Pless
  • Mike + Ruthy
  • Mike Rimbaud
  • My Pet Dragon
  • Mystic Bowie
  • Stephan Said
  • Tao Seeger
  • Taj Weekes
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Julie B. Bonnie
  • Ace Reporter
  • Black Dragon
  • Joseph Arthur
  • Loudon Wainwright III
  • Danger Field
  • Richard Barone
  • Ronny Elliot
  • Los Cintron
  • Middle Eight
  • Dylan Chambers
  • Alex Emanuel
  • Junkyard Empire

Proceeds to benefit the movement which can be found in more than 950 cities and 80 countries.



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