Music and Musicians at the Wisconsin Uprising Protests


This exhibit displays several photographs documenting the important role of music and musicians at the Wisconsin Uprising protests.


Fisher, Simon


Music and Musicians

These stills were taken over several days of the protest.  Different forms of music could be heard all day, every day.  Professional players gathered to play at arranged concerts.  At the same time, anyone who could grab a bucket and a stick could join the constantly forming and disbanding drum corps that accompanied every hour of marching around the Capitol.  Many musicians returned every Friday afternoon for months after the end of the protest to gather and play folk songs from past union struggles, worker songs, and spiritual songs made popular during the Civil Rights Movement.