Occupy Music? Crisis, Resistance and the Sound of Revolt




Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan Ave, Second floor Congress Lounge


Alex Billet, an openly radical music journalist



UPDATE: This event has rescheduled for April 21 . 

It’s no news to anyone involved in Occupy that the support among musicians of all stripes for our movement is high. In the months since Occupy Wall Street took off, we’ve had countless songs and statements released by artists in solidarity with this movement. Some of these artists are no surprise (Tom Morello, Ani DiFranco, Lupe, etc), some totally out of left field (Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, etc). All in all, this is the largest proportion of musicians who have openly allied with a social cause since the 1960s.
This session will seek to explain why. In doing so it will briefly examine what music’s social role has been historically and anthropologically. It will look at the reality of the modern music industry as a hindrance on free speech and artistic expression and ask what might be needed to overcome the strictures that said industry has imposed on music. Finally, it will look briefly at both modern and historical examples of what it looks like when movements provide the breathing room for new, rebellious forms of art to gain more traction.

This meeting will be hosted by Alex Billet, a Chicago-based music journalist and member of the Occupy Chicago Arts & Rec Committee. He has had articles published in Z Magazine, TheNation.com, New Politics, SocialistWorker.org, and others.  He can be found online at http://rebelfrequencies.blogspot.com/

Sponsored by the Occupy Chicago Arts & Recreation Committee.



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