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Books // Busking History, Culture & Life // Part #2

7. Peters, Sue // 2013 // Attention All Subway Riders - A Busker's Eye View
Sue Peters; 1 edition (January 14, 2013)
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Every day dozens of musicians, commonly referred to as 'buskers', spread out through the subway system in Toronto providing a soundtrack to the daily commute of millions of riders. Each busker has their own story and reasons for choosing the subway stage to present their music. With tales that run the gamut from heartwarming encounters with children to strange experiences with troubled individuals, this book offers a glimpse into the world of one of them.

8. Ray, Daniela // Artisti di Strada - Street Artists
Periplo Edizioni
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9. Tanenbaum, Suzie J. // 1995 // Underground Harmonies: Music and Politics in the Subways of New York (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues)
Cornell University Press; 1 edition (July 10, 1995)
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This is the first book on New York's subway musicians—modern troubadours who perform on platforms, mezzanines, and even trains pounding through the city. Illustrating her account with captivating photos, Susie J. Tanenbaum draws on interviews with musicians and their audiences to explore both the vibrant culture and the intricate politics of subway music.

10. Vilar-Bou, José Miguel // 2013 // Diario de un Musico Callejero
Espuela de Plata (2013)
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During the spring of 2008, while living in Milan, this book’s author travelled all along the north of Italy busking. What started as a little adventure soon became an opportunity to see the world with different eyes and to live in a novel way. Travelling engendered a plethora of anecdotes, evermore funny and unusual. Through them it is possible to find a philosophy of life which makes this book rather more than a mere collection of stories.
In its pages you will find real life seen through a busker’s eyes. There will appear a limitless range of picturesque characters and human stories with the streets always occupying centre stage.
Besides, ‘A Busker’s Diary’ may be read as a practical manual for those willing to initiate in the peculiar art of busking. The book includes interviews with street artists from New York, New Orleans and several parts of Chile.

11. Weinstein, Heth; Weinstein, Jed // 2011 // Buskers: The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians
Soft Skull Press (June 7, 2011)
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Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners, in subway stations, and wherever else they could connect with a live audience. To their surprise, far from this being the terminal stop of a dead-end career, busking turned out to be just the beginning as crowds of stressed-out commuters gathered around, cheering them on, subscribing to their mailing lists, and actually buying some of those stockpiled CDs—40,000 and counting.
In Buskers, Heth and Jed recount their turbulent, drug- and crime-filled adolescence in the nowhere-land of Livingston, New Jersey, their valiant attempts to achieve rock ’n’ roll success through traditional channels, and their unexpected path to circumventing the outmoded music industry. They divulge fascinating details about the technical and legal aspects of street performance, New York busking culture, and the lives of their fellow troubadours.
A world of possibilities opens up when the brothers take it to the streets, proving the value of their music to themselves and anyone who’ll listen. Read their story, and your commute will never be the same.
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