99 artists and 99 songs for $9.99. 99 metric tons of subtly-free symbolism crushing anyone willing to support the 99%. On May 15, Music For Occupy, a group claiming to be “in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street,” released Occupy This Album, a 4-disk compilation of previously unreleased tracks featuring several never-before-heard artists. Surprisingly, this supposed amalgamation of folk nonsense has attracted a disproportionate amount of media attention—Rolling Stone even called it an “A-list soundtrack” of the Occupy movement.
“What you call protest music, I like to call movement music,” said founder of Music For Occupy and executive producer of Occupy This Album Jason Samel. While the vast reach of the compilation lacks any form of cohesiveness that would be required for a solid LP, Samel’s idea holds true—each artist on the album donated a song to the movement without concern for the time spent or lack money earned. This box set is the product of a movement, not individual performers criticizing The Man.