Music

"It began, as it so often does, with a drum circle"

|

Who's the head on the dress in the middle?

New York magazine reports, hilariously, on internal tensions within Zuccotti Park. Sample:

"They're imposing a structure on the natural flow of music," said Seth Harper, an 18-year-old from Georgia. "The [General Assembly] decided to do it … they suppressed people's opinions. I wanted to do introduce a different proposal, but a big black organizer chick with an Afro said I couldn't."

To Shane Engelerdt, a 19-year-old from Jersey City and self-described former "head drummer," this amounted to a Jacobinic betrayal. "They are becoming the government we're trying to protest," he said. "They didn't even give the drummers a say … Drumming is the heartbeat of this movement. Look around: This is dead, you need a pulse to keep something alive."

The drummers claim that the finance working group even levied a percussion tax of sorts, taking up to half of the $150-300 a day that the drum circle was receiving in tips. "Now they have over $500,000 from all sorts of places," said Engelerdt. "We're like, what's going on here? They're like the banks we're protesting."

Whole thing here; Reason on #OWS here.