Now and then

Now, via AP:

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…There’s a long history of benefit albums, from George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangla Desh”

Then, via Wikipedia:

The Concert for Bangladesh was the name for two benefit concerts organised by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, held at noon and at 7 PM on August 1, 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The concert was organised to fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan following the 1970 Bhola cyclone and atrocities during Bangladesh Liberation War. The event was the first ever benefit concert of such a magnitude. It featured a supergroup of performers that included Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and Ringo Starr

The OWS album sounds great. Can’t wait for the film!

One Response to “Now and then”

  1. bill Says:

    Didn’t Obama attract large crowds to his campaign events by having a popular band do a concert first? Then the media reported the numbers, but not that they came mostly for the band.

    In any case … these “Marxist Minstrels” may attract attention, but “lightworker” Bob Dylan’s journey turned Christian … probably to the dismay of many of his worshipers.

    Sure, “we all want to change the world”, but perhaps someone well studied in the constitution, or that has run a normal business, deserves more attention than someone in the music “industry”.

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