Very early this morning, the Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York were removed from Zucotti Park, where they've been camped out since September, by the NYPD. Authorities claim that the protestors posed a health and safety threat. Mayor Bloomberg has stated that the protestors will be allowed to return "once the park is cleaned", but without their camping gear.
Occupiers around the world will be watching the situation in New York as it unfolds. For now, here are some of the songs that have been performed in Zucotti park:
From Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin' to the Clash's 'London Calling,' music has played a major role in shaping many political movements of the past. As the Occupy movement has grown around the world, musicians from nearly every part of the musical spectrum have performed songs, dropped by protest camps, or otherwise attempted to associate themselves with the movement.
Most recently, there's been some controversy in the media over a new t-shirt launched by Jay-Z's Rocawear label. The shirt, emblazoned with the slogan 'Occupy All Streets', was released "in support of the Occupy movement", according to a statement released by Rocawear. But the statement also goes on to say, "at this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement", which has caused anger among some Occupy protestors.
A lot of the musical moments at Occupy camps have been positive, though."Every successful progressive social movement has a great soundtrack. The soundtrack [for Occupy Wall Street] is just as democratic and grass roots as the movement," said singer and guitarist Tom Morello, who received an MTV online music award for his performance of "The Fabled City". "The movement is not waiting for superstars to grace it with their presence," Morello went on. "It's not waiting for a Diane Warren-penned anthem featuring Rihanna and Drake."
So far, Dianne Warren hasn't gotten involved. But some musical superstars have dropped by various camps to perform and explore. Here are a few of those performances:
David Crosby and Graham Nash Unplugged
Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum
Talib Kweli's New Acapella Verse
Michael Franti Performance and Interview
Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright's 'Material Girl'
Musical Legends Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie