Occupy Rock Criticism (ORC), II

Ann Powers, 21st Century Protest Music: Will There Be Another Dylan? Should There Be?: “Mostly, though, the music of Occupy Wall Street has been generated not by known performers or even people who necessarily call themselves ‘artists.’ It’s emerged from the cloud that’s spread on the ground. The same 21st-century style organizers who’ve been holding twice-daily meetings to come to consensus, privileging process over a set of clear objectives, are engaging in the kind of culture-making that dominates the Tumblr-loving, home recording-making, music industry-scorning future thinkers taking pop into its next phase.”

Greg Tate, Top Ten Reasons Why So Few Blackfolk Appear Down To Occupy Wall Street: “The sudden realization by OWS-ers that American elites never signed the social contract and will sell the people out for a fat cat’s dime — hey, no newsflash over here. Blackfolk got wise to The Game back in 1865 when we realized neither 40 acres nor mule would be forthcoming. Also, as one sharp strapping ready for whatever you got youngblood recently put it, ‘I aint about to go get arrested with some muhfuhkuhs who just figured out yesterday that this shit ain’t right.'”

Charles M. Young, 13 Ways to Look at the Occupation of Wall Street: “The Ad Hoc Caucus of Non-Male Identified Individuals wanted help writing a letter to Stephen Colbert, who had done a report that focused on a Non-Male Identified Individual who was in a state of disrobe while protesting Wall Street on the sidewalk. The report featured only interviews with Male Identified Individuals commenting on the naked Non-Male Identified Individual. The Ad Hoc Caucus of Non-Male Identified Individuals wanted Colbert to rectify this imbalance. Male Bodied Individuals, who were not wholly Male Identified, were welcome at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Caucus of Non-Male Identified Individuals.”

Daphne Carr, I am an amplifier: “We’d been there about 15 minutes and it was his [Carr’s friend Chris’s] first time to an OWS space. He was delighted to see that the scene was more punk than it seemed on the news. As a veterans of ’90s hardcore, we agreed that there was a distinct Punk Planet vibe, as if the beloved zine had returned as slogans on cardboard or duct tape rather than perfect bound. It made me want to do a subculture decoder ring for mainstream media: can’t they see those ‘hippies’ are all radical punks and conscious hip-hop kids? Not all dreads are the same.”


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