Thursday, October 25, 2012

The passion behind the music (Part 4 of 5): A busking we will go

Paul McCartney in disguise in the film "Give My Regards to Broad Street."
Benjamin Franklin used to do it.  Paul McCartney's done it.  Tracy Chapman's done it.  Tom Jones has done it for charity.  Rod Stewart used to do it back in the early 1960s.  Sting has done it.  The Violent Femmes were discovered while doing it.

What did all of these people do in common?  Busking, also known as street performing.

There's even a scene from McCartney's 1984 film "Give My Regards to Broad Street" that shows him in disguise, singing a totally reworked version of "Yesterday" with people walking around him, occasionally giving him money (which was later given to the Seaman's Mission).

And then there's Springsteen, captured on video performing with a street musician in Copenhagen in 1988.

Long live the buskers, wherever they might be!

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