Video of NYC's "Free Pussy Riot" Reading

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Video of NYC's "Free Pussy Riot" Reading

In case you missed the "Free Pussy Riot" set of readings performed by the superstar cast of Chloe Sevigny, Eileen Myles, k8 Hardy, Johanna Fateman, Karen Finley, Masha Gessen, and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, the night's event is now available online (below). 

The night began with Karen Finley's reading of the "Punk Prayer," the performance of which resulted in Pussy Riot's arrest. Here are the lyrics:

Punk-Prayer "Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away"

(choir)

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away Рut Putin away, put Putin away

(end chorus) ... Black robe, golden epaulettes All parishioners crawl to bow The phantom of liberty is in heaven Gay-pride sent to Siberia in chains

The head of the KGB, their chief saint, Leads protesters to prison under escort In order not to offend His Holiness Women must give birth and love

Shit, shit, the Lord's shit! Shit, shit, the Lord's shit!

(Chorus)

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist Become a feminist, become a feminist

(end chorus)

The Churchʼs praise of rotten dictators The cross-bearer procession of black limousines A teacher-preacher will meet you at school Go to class - bring him money!

Patriarch Gundyaev believes in Putin Bitch, better believe in God instead The belt of the Virgin canʼt replace mass-meetings Mary, Mother of God, is with us in protest!

(Chorus)

Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away Рut Putin away, put Putin away

(end chorus)

The night continued with readings of the band's trial opening and closing statements, in addition to other pieces drafted by the band and their allies throughout the past couple of months. 

Johanna Fatemen reading Pussy Riot's "Art + Politics" essay

Here is the video of the event in full:

 

Photos courtesy of Mark Kendall



Comments [1]

Kate Conroy's picture

Thank you!

Thanks for posting this!  We tried to get into the event. But, they were at capacity by the time we got to the door.  

-- Kate Conroy, www.kateconroy.com