No matter what your opinion on the recent Occupy protests, it's hard to deny they have had an impact, whether by prompting a discussion of wealth distribution or by simply taking up so much of the news cycle.
But what of their musical impact? Although some might think it limited to the sound of drum circles pounding through the night, many other musicians have stopped by various Occupy protests. Now that legacy might extend to include, among other things, the sound of Michael Moore singing.
Both the drum circles and Moore's vocal stylings are to be included on a new benefit album, to be called "Occupy This Album", which will seek to raise funds for the Occupy movement both in New York and around the world. Other artists currently slated to appear on the record include Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, Devo, Ladytron, Toots and the Maytals, Yo La Tengo and protest music veterans Crosby & Nash (no Stills thus far).
According to the Associated Press, the money raised will go through the Alliance For Global Justice and be shared between the Occupy Wall Street General Fund and connected movements from across the world who apply for specific projects. Jason Samel, one of the musicians behind the project, told AP that the goal is to raise between $1-million and $2-million, an amount that will help fund the Occupy movement "for years to come."
Plans are to release the album first in digital format, possibly to be followed by a physical CD.
One of the musicians to stop by the Occupy protests was Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida, who shared these thoughts on our Soap Box segment: