Philip Glass, Lou Reed Speak At Occupy Lincoln Center

Last night, two Amer­i­can icons lent sup­port to the Occu­py Wall Street move­ment, speak­ing at a protest held out­side of Lin­coln Cen­ter in New York City.  After a per­for­mance of Satya­gra­ha at the Met, Philip Glass spoke to demon­stra­tors. Accord­ing to Alex Ross, the music crit­ic for the New York­er, Glass recit­ed the clos­ing lines of Satya­gra­ha (see around 3:00 minute mark in the video above), 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.

He repeat­ed the say­ing sev­er­al times, and the “human micro­phone” ampli­fied the mes­sage for him.

Lou Reed was also in atten­dance and helped some­one crawl over a police bar­ri­cade at one point, then said: “I was born in Brook­lyn, and I’ve nev­er been more ashamed than to see the bar­ri­cades tonight. The police are our army. I want to be friends with them. And I wan­na occu­py Wall Street. I sup­port it.” A not-so-clear audio clip appears below:

via Gothamist and The Rest is Noise

More Occu­py Videos:

Noam Chom­sky at Occu­py Boston

Slavoj Zizek Takes the Stage at Occu­py Wall Street

Joseph Stiglitz and Lawrence Lessig at Occu­py Wall Street

David Cros­by & Gra­ham Nash at Occu­py Wall Street; Echoes of Wood­stock

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