Ten Musicians Who Support Occupy Wall Street


5. Anti-Flag

Two members of the Pittsburgh punk rock outfit played an acoustic set earlier this month for the New York City protesters.

In addition to performing several of his band's own songs, Anti-Flag lead singer Justin Sane sang a cover of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"

After finishing off "This is the End" with fellow Anti-Flag member Chris #2, Sane told the protesters to "keep it peaceful" and to "be safe."

4. Trent Reznor

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Taking a few seconds out of his vaunted quest for a coveted EGOT, Reznor reposted and endorsed this pro-OWS graphic on his Google+ account.

The mastermind behind Nine Inch Nails has been politically active for some time. NIN pulled out of the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards after the band was unable to include an image of then-President George W. Bush during their performance for "The Hand that Feeds." He was also honored by the U.S. Congress for helping raise money to get Eric De La Cruz a heart transplant.

3. Yoko Ono

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No stranger to protesting, Ono often joined with her husband John Lennon in advocacy in 1960s and 1970s. Ono and Lennon's 1969 "Bed-In" became a notable chapter in the protests against the Vietnam War.

Ono's provided support for today's protesters, sending out a Tweet on October 1 that said "I love #OccupyWallStreet."

"As John said, 'One hero cannot do it. Each one of us have to be heroes.' And you are," Ono Tweeted. "Thank you. love, yoko"

2. Jeff Mangum

Neutral Milk Hotel's frontman became a virtual recluse soon after the sublime In the Aeroplane Over the Sea came out in 1998. But Mangum in recent years began reestablishing himself in the public eye, from contributing to an Apples in Stereo record to performing live in venues across the country.

The story of Mangum's reemergence will now include a performance in New York City's Zuccotti Park, the defacto epicenter of the OWS movement. The Wall Street Journal reported that Mangum sang a number of Neutral Milk Hotel classics, including "Holland 1945," "King of Carrot Flowers" and "Oh Comely." It was probably enough to make twenty-somethings longing for the simpler days of the late 1990s a bit misty-eyed.

Mangum thanked later told the Wall Street Journal that he supported OWS, adding "this is just something small I can do."

1. Tom Morello

Morello, a guitar virtuoso known for his work in Rage Against the Machine, long had a jump on agitating against Wall Street. This is, after all, a member of a band that utilized director Michael Moore to shoot a music video for "Sleep Now in the Fire" in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 2000.

So it shouldn't be that shocking that Morello performed "This Land is Your Land" and "World Wide Rebel Song" in front of Occupy Los Angeles protestors late last week, according to Raw Story. He later was quoted by the site saying "now every village, hamlet, every place around the world is watching what we're doing here today."

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Cool, now I know who not to buy from.  Thanks!

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