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Moondog

Born 26 May 1916. Died 8 September 1999.
Moondog

Biography

Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. In New York from the late 1940s until he left in 1972, he could often be found on 6th Avenue between 52nd and 55th Street wearing a cloak and Viking-style helmet, sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silent and still. He was widely recognized as "the Viking of 6th Avenue" by thousands of passersby and residents who had no idea that this seemingly homeless eccentric standing on "Moondog's corner" was a respected and recorded composer and musician.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Moondog

    Moondog 2005

    Reviewed by Dale Shaw
    Overview of the career of one of jazz's most eccentric and individual talents...
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