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Jonathan Townsend
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On 2011-08-28 14:04, stoneunhinged wrote:
That's right.

It's like the difference between musical instruments: can most of us appreciate the difference between a $50K violin and a $2,000,000 one? No doubt the best players in the world notice a difference, but I wouldn't.


Performance art? Complete with Hendrix lighter fluid sacrifice at the end?

IMHO the fiddles will sound and look the same on a youtube clip. Or maybe Stradivarius fiddles burn in a different color?
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I noticed a huge difference back in the Sixties and Seventies while street performing in Europe and on the US East Coast. Americans would watch and the would tip, but they didn't get very excited. They felt you must not really be any good or you would be on TV. The Brits and Europeans had much higher expectations of street performers, and would hire you for private gigs, invite you to their homes for dinner and things like that. They seemed to delight in having discovered an unknown artist, while Americans tended to want to be told you were really good.
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Paris has always had cool street performers and the city seems to me to have a theatre atmosphere about it. I guess its a city full of art. I used to go there often on business but I have not been there for some time now.
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I read the article and I have two opinions
1 - Seriously flawed research design. Having to get to work on time is a variable with a huge influence
2 - Isn't there already enough news in Washington that you don't need to make up your own?
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Pop, real street performers in Germany are rare these days. The ones who are really good can make a killing, since most street performers are just doing a form of begging rather than performing. When I see a good performer, I usually throw five or ten Euros at them. Just some hippy with a guitar might get a single Euro--if I like the music at all. I haven't seen a decent juggling act in Göttingen for at least a decade (and those guys cleaned up!--so it's not simply a question of profitability.) I have never seen a street performing magician in Germany, and I've lived here since 1995.

My son and I visited the Cologne cathedral a few weeks ago, and there were at least six or seven of those "living statues" (or whatever you call that street act) out in front of the church. Six or seven! I mean, what's the point of that? Where is the novelty? Can't people come up with an original idea?

It's all quite depressing, because I absolutely LOVE watching street performers.
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On 2011-08-16 12:25, irossall wrote:
I heard that Sir Paul McCartney dressed down and played guitar in the New York subway. The results were the same.
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I don't know about that, but I do know he dressed down and played outside a London subway station for a sequence in his film "Give My Regards To Broad Street." He wasn't really there long enough to do very much.

I don't know what they were expecting. He was there at a rough time (rush hour) and he played an intricate piece no one there was really in a position to appreciate. I think people stop more if the musician is playing something that triggers the memory.
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Peruvian flute band.
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On 2011-08-29 22:45, critter wrote:
Peruvian flute band.


Right. For some reason, around here they play mostly during the Christmas season.

Actually, I should amend my above comments to say that the Christmas Market brings out tons of performers. There are, for example, many musicians from from the East (think: Russia) who are superbly talented and trained, and who sometimes play in large ensembles. I suppose that they all have day jobs, and therefore only show up at Christmas time because that's when they can get a good hat.

BUT: the Christmas time buskers are always (without exception) musicians. No jugglers. No living statues (too cold?).
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Jeff, I see an opportunity for you. Put on your cowboy hat, grab some ropes and busk up a down-on-the-ranch extravaganza. The locals are just waiting to fill your ten gallon hat.

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The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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