Crosby and Nash: Aging '60s idols croon for Occupy Wall Street

politics | Nov 09, 2011 | By Martin Barillas

Two members of a musical group that virtually defined the 1960s folk/rock and protest scene appeared at Zuccotti Park in New York City On November 8 to perform in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Strumming unamplified guitars, the now white-haired duo consisting of David Crosby and Graham Nash sang "It's a Long Time Coming" and other favorites. Graham Nash, a Briton by birth, spoke to the Manhattan crowd saying "You know this song, so help us sing it, all right? It's a song I wrote 40 years ago, it's still true today, we have to teach our children a better way." This was in reference to their classic "Teach Your Children Well." The two singers also performed "What Are Their Names," "Military Madness" and "They Want It All."

Nash, interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine said, "I think what David and I are hearing are the voice of the people." Crosby, who apparently has still not cut his hair, added "Everybody is realizing that they're getting screwed. People are recognizing the basic truth that the system is loaded against them, and they're looking for equality. It's a simple thing."

Other acts to perform or who have performed for Occupy Wall Street are: folkie Pete Seeger "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?", fellow pop/folkie Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant", and indie Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum "In the Aeroplane over the Sea." Sean Lennon, the millionaire son of Beatle John Lennon joined pop singer Rufus Wainwright late in October to sing a version of Madonna's "Material Girl" ballad for the Wall Street occupies. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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