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Occupy This Album: a compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99% Featured

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Compilation Features 4 discs, 99 Tracks and More Than 110 Artists Including: Patti Smith, Amanda Palmer, Michael Moore, Yoko Ono, Mogwai, Willie Nelson, James McMurtry, Third Eye Blind, Thee Oh Sees, Arlo Guthrie & Family , Matt Pless, Anit-Flag and Others!

Legendary and emerging artists inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement have come together to lend their voices on Occupy This Album:a compilation of music by, for and inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement and the 99%. Released by the non-profit record label Music For Occupy, Occupy This Album is available digitally (featuring 99-tracks + 1 hidden track) at iTunes and Amazon as well as physically (featuring 78-tracks) on a four-disc compilation distributed worldwide by Razor & Tie Records. Many of the tracks by both renowned and up-and-coming artists have never before been released. Additionally there are well-known songs that have been re-recorded and re-mastered and live-cuts for Occupy This Album. Full track listing available at
What People Are Saying About Occupy This Album
Joel Rafael will pull every tear from your eyes on the touching “China Basin Digs,” easily the compilation’s best song. It begins with an early morning roust of the homeless under a bridge. His voice sparkles, the guitar has a heartbeat and the lyrics lay bare circumstances that hurt to see. In the mid-1990s, Rafael was emerging as a folk-festival regular. Now he’s arrived and there simply is no better orator for these troubled and testing times.– The Associated Press
As is usually the case these days, the best protest political songs come from rappers. In "Rich Man's World," Immortal Technique takes on the persona of a heartless billionaire with bone-chilling convincingness. And in the fantastic "New York Minute," the rapper Nickodemus coins perhaps the best two lines of Occupy This Album: “While the City sleeps, I'm reading Wikileaks/Creating picket signs. Go ahead, pick a street!”-Mother Jones
Like the movement it's supporting, Occupy This Albumis massive (99 songs over four discs), eclectic (original hippies Joan Baez and David Crosby sit cross-legged next to noise-mongering weirdos Mogwai and UNKLE), and occasionally hamstrung by the need to get the message across (Richard Barone's sweet sing-along is torpedoed by its awkward title, ''Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?''). Even when the songs scowl too much, the spirit of the compilation feels more positive than negative — the best that can be asked of any grassroots revolution.–Entertainment Weekly(B+)

With 78 tracks on the physical version and 99 on the digital version, Occupy This Album could very well be the largest compilation since the glory days of the Slap-A-Ham Records Bllleeeeaaauuurrrrgghhh compilations. Except instead of cramming countless power-violence greaseballs onto 7-inch records with hand-assembled packaging, the folks at Music For Occupy have a four-disc boxset and 99-track digital release of folk, hip-hop, indie rock and pretty much every other kind of alt-music under the sun to contend with, all with songs related to the Occupy movement and/or how capitalism is the devil.Alternative Press
“Occupy Wall Street now has an A-list soundtrack: the compilation Occupy This Album.” – Rolling Stone
“Those cynics who told the incessant drummers of Occupy Wall Street in New York not to quit their day jobs might be reconsidering -- they just got a record deal (of sorts).”– LA Times
“This Occupy Wall Street tribute album has way too many amazing musicians on it.”L Magazine


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