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Occupy Music

Justice Through Music is all about music and activism, and on this page you will find all the best Occupy Music. If you have or know of any Occupy Music that the world needs to see, let us know and we will try and get it posted. Rock Your Rights!

Op_Critical: For What It's Worth

Op_Critical: Anonymous

When The Dictator Ran Away – David Rovics

This Playground Is Run By Bullies – David Rovics

PART OF THE 99 – The Employees
WE ARE THE 99% – Anonymous Expression

FILM THE POLICE – B. Dolan feat. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace, Sage Francis

I Am a Patriot – Jackson Browne

Whose Side Are You On? – Jackson Browne and Dawes

Occupy Broadway

Trickle Down (Explicit Version) – Sintex Era

Third Eye Blind – If There Ever Was A Time

It's A Liberty Walk! – Miley Cyrus Rock Mafia

Occupy Wall Street Anthem – Bruce Springsteen

We Are The Many – Makana

We Stand As One – Joseph Arthur

Gogol Bordello

Crosby and Nash


Who's The Man? – MK Ultra

We Are The 99 – Rick Harris

The Bottom 99 – Rhiannon Giddens

The Economy is Suffering – Justin Sane from Anti-Flag

Occupy (We The 99) – Jasiri X

OccuPrint Website Showcases Occupy Art

Occuprint is a new website that puts on display artwork inspired by the Occupy Movement, showing the various common threads running through the new movement. A few of the commonalities are anger at the greed of Wall Street and banks, and frustration of the disproportionate access to our elected officials and economic opportunities between the 1% and the 99%. The Citizens United ruling, which gave corporations the same rights as people, is also present on many of the posters, urging citizens (real people) to wake up, get motivated, and get out to fight for their rights.

To view the great artwork click here.

“Occupy This Album” – “Music For Occupy” to Release Benefit Album

NOV 30, 2011 – A group of activist musicians calling themselves "Music For Occupy" which includes Jackson Browne, Crosby and Nash, Third Eye Blind, Lucinda Williams, Devo and Zuccotti Park drummers and others are planning to release a benefit album called "Occupy This Album". Many other artists will contribute such as DJ Logic, Ladytron, Warren Haynes, Toots and the Maytals, Mike Limbaud, Aeroplane Pageant, Yo La Tengo and even Michael Moore.

Activist musician Jason Samel is putting it all together and hopes to raise $1 to $2 million dollars to help fuel the movement. Alliance for Global Justice will coordinate the proceeds, with about half going to Occupy Wall Street, and the other half to help out with specific causes and projects related to the Occupy movement. The album will be released digital only at first, but they haven't ruled out a physical CD release in the future. Graham Nash said in a statement, "The Occupy movement is really the voice of the people, it's an idea that's been a long time coming. I fully support their non-violent protests against a system that is carefully crafted in favor of the rich one percent".

On Jackson Browne's website it says their mission is to "inspire and celebrate through music the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% who've been adversely affected by the economic corruption that has permeated our Democracy, created a near insurmountable disparity in wealth, and hindered life, liberty and justice and the honest pursuit of an honest living for all. Music For Occupy is in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, and all proceeds above board attained through the production and distribution of "Occupy This Album: A compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%" will go directly towards the need of sustaining this growing movement". Check JTMP regularly and we will let you know the moment it comes out and how you can get a copy.

Check out Third Eye Blind's contribution to the album, "If There Ever Was a Time" below.

Makana: Hawaiian Troubadour Secretly Serenades Obama and APEC With Occupy Support Songs

Makana, a well known musical activist was hired to play at a dinner for President Barack Obama and other APEC leaders who are meeting in Hawaii, and he surreptitiously serenaded them with occupy protest support songs. Makana had played the White House back in 2007, but instead of playing the regular background music, he opened his jacket to reveal a shirt that said, "Occupy With Aloha" and he played his song, "We Are the Many” for a continuous 45 minutes; which has lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw…. And until they are purged, we won't withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We'll occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few." The Yes Men were there and filmed it all. They have a great post up about it here, and their video is below, along with Makana's video of "We Are The Many".

HUFFPO: Occupy Wall Street: Music Central To Protest

From Huffington Post, By DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press

NEW YORK — The sound of insistent drumming bounces off the sides of nearby office towers announcing the location of the Occupy Wall Street home base long before its inhabitants are otherwise seen or heard.

Turn a corner in Zuccotti Park and you're likely to run into a drum circle or find someone strumming a guitar. Maybe it's an amateur trying to keep spirits up, or it could be the real deal – recording artists such as David Crosby and Graham Nash.

Read the rest of story with music videos here.

Rocawear Pulls Jay Z’s Occupy All Streets T-Shirts After Outcry, Then Puts Them Back

NOV 15, 2011 – Rocawear, a "lifestyle brand" launched by rapper Jay Z has pulled from sales a t-shirt that had Occupy Wall Street on it, with the W being crossed out, and a S added at the end to make it say, "Occupy All Streets", after reports he was not donating any proceeds to occupy activists at Wall Street or any other city. Backstage at his Watch The Throne concert last week, he was photographed along with Russell Simmons with the shirt on and it got out to the Internet. Social Media and the Internet exploded with anger and outcry from millions of people, and within 24 hours it was pulled.

An Occupy Wall Street leader who goes by the pseudonym Grim told TMZ, "To attempt to profit off the first important social moment of 50 years with an overpriced piece of cotton is an insult to the fight for economic civil rights known as #occupywallstreet." However, today the t-shirt has reappeared on the Rocawear website, and appears back on sale for 22 bucks, still with no proceeds to any occupy activists or any other cause.

David Crosby Visits Zuccotti Park in Support of Occupy

Photo Credit: Marcus Santos – NY Daily News

NOV 5, 2011 – David Crosby, a musical activist for over 50 years, briefly visited Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park yesterday. Perhaps like the song of his longtime bandmate Stephen Stills he was thinking, "Stop, Hey, what's that sound? Everybody look what's going down!", and he wanted to see what was going down at Zuccotti Park with his own eyes. It looked like a show of support, and the word on the street says he hovered around the edge of the park near the drummers before venturing in and talking several of the peaceful Occupy activists. Check out some more pictures here, and watch him below playing with his bandmates Stills and Nash performing the Buffalo Springfield classic, "For What It's Worth".

Bette Midler: “I’ll Pay For Porta-Potties at Occupy Wall Street”

OCT 28, 2011 – Bette Midler was on the Joy Behar show and said about the Occupy activists that "It's a good thing." When the subject of the Zuccotti Park residents and their complaints of sanitation in the area she said they should, "Chip in and buy some toilets, they're cheap. Porta-potties are cheap." Then she (joked?) that she would pay for the porta-potties.

They both talked about how they grew up in the 60s protests and Bette said, "We did it all the time. It was something you did because you were a citizen and you had something to say and you wanted to support your point of view."

As far as people on the right who are attacking the activists and calling them "dirty hippies" she says, "It's like they have taken a page out of 1969. So old school. Folks, 50 years have passed, get a new line." Watch the video below.