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Moondog: The Man on the Street

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 140 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Gordon Spencer of WBAI in New York presents a program about Louis Hardin, more popularly known as Moondog. From the 1940s up until 1974 Moondog made his living as a street musician and poet in New York City and was typically found near the jazz clubs on 52nd Street. Blind since an accident when he was 16 years old, Moondog was always recognizable in his Viking helmet playing a variety of instruments, some of his own design. In this program Moondog talks about his interests, his influences and his experiences.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  [unidentified excerpts mixed with street interviews] -- All is Loneliness [excerpt of two versions mixed together, one by Moondog the other by Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Co.] -- [an Oo solo] -- Bird’s Lament -- Stamping Ground -- Tugboat Toccata -- Symphonique No. 3: Ode to Venus
Performers:  Janis Joplin with Big Brother & the Holding Co. (All is Loneliness)
Genres:  Jazz; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Native American culture; Street musicians; Avant-garde (Music) ; Jazz; Violin music
People:  Spencer, Gordon; Moondog (Musician); Hardin, Louis; Joplin, Janis
First Broadcast Date:  7/3/1971
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Surf Session -- Big Cat -- Tell It Again: Song of Sense and Nonsense [excerpts] -- [an oboe round] -- Caribea -- [unidentified excerpts mixed with street interviews]
Performers:  Moondog, percussion ; piano (all ; Caribea)
Weiner-Sabinsky Duo (Surf)
Martyn Green, vocal (Tell)
Julie Andrews, vocals (Tell)
Julius Baker, flute (Tell)
Genres:  Jazz; Avant-Garde
Subject:  Street musicians; Avant-garde (Music) ; Jazz; Percussion and violin music; Recorder and percussion music; Oboe and percussion music; Percussion and piano music; Animal sounds; Ambient sounds
People:  Spencer, Gordon; Moondog (Musician); Hardin, Louis; Green, Martyn, 1899-1975; Andrews, Julie; Baker, Julius, 1915-2003
First Broadcast Date:  7/17/1971
 
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