Philip Glass and Lou Reed Occupy Wall Street

Last night, Philip Glass and Lou Reed made a planned appearance at an Occupy Wall Street action at Lincoln Center following the final performance of Glass’ 1980 opera Satyagraha (truth-force in Sanskrit), a work about Mahatma Gandhi’s early life, produced this month in New York by Phelim McDermott.

Glass, once a New York City cab driver, joined the assembly after curtain call, where he was eventually joined by some police barricade-disregarding opera patrons (one show-goer yelled, “get a job,” at the protesters). At the center of the maddening, echoing people’s mic (Laurie Anderson was in the crowd), Glass repeated phrases from the “New Castle March” section of Satyagraha:

When righteousness/ Withers away/ And evil/ Rules the Land/ We come into being/ Age after age/ And take visible shape/ And Move/ A man among men/ For the protection/ Of good/ Thrusting back evil/ And setting virtue/ On her seat again.

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross filmed Glass’ address. Watch it above and hear Lou Reed’s speech—”The police are our army. I want to be friends with them. And I want to occupy Wall Street.”—here.

(via Kotke)

POSTED December 2, 2011 6:43PM IN MUSIC NEWS Comments (7) TAGS: , , , ,

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  2. It’s awesome to see such talented musicians coming out to support this cause. The Occupy Movement is NECESSARY for our citizens to expose the corruption which Big Business has infected our Government with. Every single person occupying the streets and protesting Corporations is a hero and a patriot. I was compelled to lend a hand and create some new posters for the movement which you can download for free on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/11/propaganda-for-occupy-movement.html

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  4. Ben Do says:

    I really enjoyed Lou Reed in Rango….

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