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Dan Deacon, Ian MacKaye, Jamie Stewart, Talib Kweli, Tyondai Braxton Join #Occupy Musicians Movement

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By: Spacelab Research Staff
November 22, 2011

A new #Occupy movement has started, and this time it's for the music world. They're calling themselves Occupy Musicans (TWITTER: @weoccupymusic) and they're taking an #Occupy approach to show solidarity with organizers and protesters of the Occupy movement. They'll be setting up shows for Occupy protests, network musicians to find protests and fund raisers, and showcase songs and videos of music written in support of the larger protest. Dan Deacon, Franz Nicolay (former Hold Steady), Ian MacKaye (The Evens, Fugazi, Minor Threat), Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), Talib Kweli, Tyondai Braxton and Yuka Honda (CiboMatto) are all in, among others. Check out a full list.

"We announce the launch of Occupymusicians.com, a website for musicians to show solidarity with the protesters, organizers, and supporters of the Occupy movements, and to show that there is a sizable force of musicians from across every genre of music who support this movement," reads their opening salvo to the world.

As the Occupy movement becomes less about Occupy Wall Street and morphs into an Occupy movement that goes national and even global, the support of artists and musicians feels like a natural extension. They're mirroring their approach to align with Occupy Writers and Occupy Film Makers in a growing protest.

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