#Occupy Wall Street to Cut Benefit Album – With Rich Lefty Singers & Michael Moore
Occupy Wall Street plans to release an album to benefit the movement. Already far left 1% ‘ers Jackson Browne, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash, Devo, Lucinda Williams have agreed to participate on the album. The homeless drummers from Zuccotti Park will also be included on the album.
Occupy Wall Street has a benefit album planned with Jackson Browne, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash, Devo, Lucinda Williams and even some of those drummers who kept an incessant beat at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park.
Participants in the protest movement said Wednesday that “Occupy This Album,” which will be available sometime this winter, will also feature DJ Logic, Ladytron, Warren Haynes, Toots and the Maytals, Mike Limbaud, Aeroplane Pageant, Yo La Tengo and others.
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore is also planning to sing.
Jason Samel, a musician who is putting together the disc, said the goal is to raise between $1 million and $2 million to help fuel the movement that is protesting income disparity.
“It’s really going to be an amazing help for years to come,” Samel said.
Money raised will go through the nonprofit Alliance for Global Justice. The initial plan is that half of the proceeds will go to the New York movement that was based in Zuccotti Park until being kicked out last week, and the other half to offshoots across the world who apply for specific projects, he said.
There’s a long history of benefit albums, from George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangla Desh” that raised millions for flood victims through Unicef in 1971, and the “We Are the World” single in the 1980s, which raised more than $60 million for famine relief in Africa.
Amnesty International also announced Wednesday that it will put on sale in January a 75-song set of Bob Dylan covers by various artists to benefit the human rights organization.
The Occupy Wall Street album will be available in digital form first, with plans for a physical CD still unclear.
The music will generally be a mixture of live cuts and new songs. Third Eye Blind, for example, has already posted its song, called “If There Ever Was a Time,” which specifically addresses the protest movement.