Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello Performs for Occupy Wall Street
Tom Morello has been speaking truth to power with his music since the earliest days of Rage Against the Machine, so it’s only natural that he’s using his songs to support one of the largest protest movements in recent memory.
Morello, who’s scheduled to perform at noon, says social movements and music have always gone hand in hand. “I think that music’s combination of harmony, rhyme, truth and groove speaks to the reptilian brain of human, in a way that’s different from the written or spoken word,” he explained to LA Weekly. “Check the historical record — you don’t win unless you’ve got an excellent soundtrack.”
As you might guess, Morello thinks his own songs make a pretty solid addition to that soundtrack — particularly those from his most recent album as the Nightwatchman.
“I would humbly submit Nightwatchman’s ‘Worldwide Rebel Songs,’” he said when asked to make a musical suggestion for the Occupy movement. “It’s about bringing everybody up onstage on that one microphone, all singing the same song in solidarity together, without any differentiation between the artist and the people. Because that’s sort of the point.”