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Crosby and Nash croon for Occupy Wall Street protesters

November 8, 2011 |  4:37 pm

David Crosby, Graham Nash

There was relief when rock 'n' roll legends David Crosby and Graham Nash appeared Tuesday afternoon to perform for Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan.

The last time word went out that there was to be a free mini-concert — by Radiohead — at the Occupy Wall Street encampment, the park was overwhelmed with people, but the musicians never showed.

But the white-haired Crosby and Nash, with guitars slung over their shoulders, played for about 15 minutes. They performed two protest songs, ending with “Teach Your Children.” Though many in the crowd were 20-somethings, everyone sang along with the aging rockers — of long-ago beloved Crosby, Nash, Stills & Young — and repeated after Crosby when the longtime antiwar activist started chanting, “No more war.”

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Although the protest camp is filled with tents and preparing for winter, Tuesday’s sunshine, unseasonably high temperatures and the sound of a crowd of mostly young people singing “Military Madness” gave the park a Woodstock feeling.

Morton Mensce, 65, said he didn't agree with the “occupy everything” movement, but he was delighted to hear Crosby crooning.

“I'm pretty sure he was at Woodstock and I’m pretty sure I was too,” said a smiling Mensce, a Chicago businessman.

Mensce said he didn't know whether he succeeded with his own children to “feed them with your dreams” — quoting a lyric from “Teach Your Children” — but he was delighted that his children were working, not protesting this week.

“I’m not sure what these folks are accomplishing in their tents,” Mensce said. “Anyway, the music’s nice.”

In the meantime, the Occupy Wall Street movement announced on its website that protesters are planning Wednesday to start walking to Washington with hopes of getting there by Nov. 23, when a congressional committee is scheduled to confer on whether to let the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the rich expire.

The protesters are calling their 240-mile trek to the capital Occupy the Highway.


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-- Geraldine Baum

Photo: Graham Nash and David Crosby perform for Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at Zuccotti Park in New York on Tuesday. Credit: Timony A. Clary / AFP-Getty Images