Thursday, December 8, 2011

Philip Glass at Occupy Wall Street protest



This was from a few days ago. I noticed it was mentioned on a friend's blog late last week, and bookmarked it. Here's what Alex Ross, the person who filmed it, had to say:
From an Occupy Wall Street protest at Lincoln Center, on Dec. 1, 2011. A performance of Philip Glass's Satyagraha at the Metropolitan Opera has just ended, and in the first three minutes of the video protesters try to get operagoers to ignore the police, walk down the steps, and join the demonstration. Then, after 3:00, Glass recites the closing lines of his opera, which come from the Bhagavad-Gita: "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."
There is a long history of artists of various stripes providing their support for various social movements. In New York City, on that particular evening, it was noted minimalist composer Philip Glass, along with a couple long-time respected fixtures of the more avant-garde echelons of the popular music world, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson - all musicians whose work I've respected for many more years than I would want to acknowledge.

You can read the rest of Alex Ross's blog on the event here.

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