Occupy Wall Street! Top Five Moments of Musical Protest From Hippies to Beasties

Jeff Magnum occupied Wall Street with an endless rendition of Kumbaya
Jeff Magnum occupied Wall Street with an endless rendition of Kumbaya

Since erupting in New York City's Zuccotti Park on September 17, the #occupywallstreet movement has been taking the nation by storm with it's populist rage and youthful vigor.

One sure sign OWS is a youth movement is the increasing number of musicians and performers who have been dropping by unannounced. Rumors of a Radiohead concert proved to be untrue, but in the past few weeks occupiers have been treated to impromptu performances by rapper Talib Kweli and Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Magnum.

As Emma Goldman said: "If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution." And so, without further ado, check the jump for some of Crossfade's favorite moments of musical protest.

5. Phil Ochs

Self-described "topical" folk singer Phil Ochs was way closer to the spirit of Woody Guthrie than that poser Bob Dylan. While the counterculture provided many an insta-demographic for whatever flower power groove tunes they were shilling, Ochs was, seriously and laboriously, always about the message. "I Ain't Marching Anymore" is one of the guitarist-singer's most beloved protest anthems, detailing the US's long history of international intervention, and how unwilling '60s youth were to be a part of that history. Shortly after the clip ends, check out the draft card BBQ.

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4. MC5

In a five point list, the 1968 Democratic National Convention has got to occupy at least two slots. Youth culture had begun to bubble with the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-Vietnam protest circuit was also starting to heat up. But the damn kettle nearly boiled over and shot up like a geyser during the now-infamous DNC in Chicago. Among the rioting, the high-profile Left arrests, and Dan Rather getting punched in the stomach by a cop, the MC5 stopped by to kick out some jams and get the ball rolling on hippies turning into punks.

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