The pranker who made Occupy Wall Street Organizers believe that Radiohead were willing to do a show in New York has revealed himself.
Late September, Radiohead did two shows in New York’s Roseland Ballroom and were about to leave New York City. Then rumours spread about a Radiohead show at Zuccotti Park to support the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The guy who started it all, Malcolm Harris, a writer and editor at The New Inquiry, has revealed himself, Gawker reports.
Malcolm reveals how he tricked the organizers by setting up a fake Gmail account for one of Radiohead’s managers and emailed Occupy Wall Street that Radiohead would like to play at the park. It kept us and a lot of media, from Pitchfork to The New York Times pretty busy that day. Organizers used a press conference to “officially confirm” the scheduled performance based on the email Malcolm sent on behalf of Radiohead manager Bryce Edge.
[quotes]I sat on my couch staring open-mouthed at Twitter, only snapping out of it when I realized I wouldn’t be able to get into the park if I waited any longer. When I arrived, Zuccotti was as packed as I had seen it.[/quotes]
More statements and rumours followed. Radiohead denied playing the park and media speculated the band were only trying to keep people from going to Zuccotti Park. The band never played, although Thom Yorke did do a DJ set, months later at Occupy London. But for the full story, including the emails from ‘Bryce Edge’, check Gawker.com.