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Post  pinhedz on Sat Dec 14, 2013 11:55 am

Is Moondog "Alternative," or is Moondog classical?

Or is Moondog blues?

Did I post this under the right thread? geek 

And come to think of it--is Moondog alive or dead?

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Re: Moondog

Post  felix on Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:24 am

Those are all questions. Good ones for the most part, I'd say. And deserving of answers!

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Post  felix on Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:30 am



Sadly, wikithingy tells me, he is no more - Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, Moondog made a deliberate decision to make his home on the streets there, where he spent approximately twenty of the thirty years he lived in the city. Most days he could be found in his chosen part of town wearing clothes he had created based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Odin. Thanks to his unconventional outfits and lifestyle, he was known for much of his life as "The Viking of 6th Avenue".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSimbyS_YlA


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:08 am

I was just going to say, according to this clip, the Olde Doge is deceased. Neutral 


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Re: Moondog

Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:12 am

He is most noted (whether or not that means most notable) for having written blues in the style of Richard the Lionhearted:


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Re: Moondog

Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:19 am

Sounds like jazz (if we go by the "sounds-like" rule).

Moondog refused to modulate under any circumstances. bounce 


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 2:32 am

I remember now I used to have this record:


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Post  felix on Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:41 am

Of course, there was another, earlier "Moondog" - Mr Rock & Roll, Alan Freed himself:



and his Moondog's Rock & Roll radio show surely inspired the title of this LP by The Band:



Mr Freed certainly provided the name for the rock & roll oriented record shop in Manor Park, East London, run by an old acqaintance of mine in the 70s, Moondog's Records:



"I knew Paul who owned Moondogs for quite a few years.  The shop was small but he carried a large stock of mainly repro Rockin' 45's.
Paul would go out to Austin Texas for record fairs at times.  I had a large Buddy Holly collection that I sold to him.  Paul moved on (I am not sure where he went) and the property then became the Elvis shop.  Moondogs were a real Alladins cave for people who loved and collected 50's music.....
....Moondogs was on East Ham High Street but I don't think he opened until the early 70. s, I tended to go into the junk,electrical shops in the main thing,I wasn't like paying 10/- for a single then unless it was a real big sound.it was hard getting more than £1 for anything in 1968 especially in Manchester,I think about that trip to London the most I would pay was 2/6d.,unless it was new import release from Record Corner or Soul City.
I become friends with the guy in Moondogs can't remember is the name though nice guy he was.....
....Paul Sanford moved on around 1983 or so,then the shop was taken over for a short period by Rex Inge(Rex's Rockin' Records).Shortly after that it was taken over by Barney Koumis & it stayed opn as Moondogs until around 1986/'87."
 from http://www.britishrecordshoparchive.org/moondogs.html

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:43 am

felix wrote: ... another, earlier "Moondog" -
With all due respect, Master Felix, I think you might be mistaken.  Was the DJ hosting "Moondog" shows earlier than 1947? Suspect

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:49 am

When a person makes a deliberate choice to live on the streets of New York for 30 years, the reasons are often psychosis-related.

And yet, Mr. Moondog then moved to Europe and lived almost like a regular person. scratch 

And even before he left New York, he had Benny Goodman and Arturo Toscanini testifying on his behalf when he sued Alan Freed for appropriating the "Moondog" moniker. Shocked

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Re: Moondog

Post  pinhedz on Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:17 am

I had no idea this one existed. Shocked 


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Post  felix on Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:59 am

pinhedz wrote:
felix wrote: ... another, earlier "Moondog" -
With all due respect, Master Felix, I think you might be mistaken.  Was the DJ hosting "Moondog" shows earlier than 1947? Suspect
I stand corrected, Mr Pinz.  for "earlier" read "later" throughout.   study 



^ this track included on the 1969 UK CBS double LP sampler "Fill Your Head With Rock", still on the shelf and dusted off very, VERY occasionally ...  cat  

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:45 am

I was in a hotel watching this movie (all about what to do if you discover that your dad is Colin Firth) and I was surprised to suddenly hear MOONDOG in the soundtrack. Shocked 


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:23 pm

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:26 pm

many continuities persist from the original Dutch colony





(modulation is for dilettante Drapers)

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:38 pm

"I think modulation was overdone, especially from Wagner on; he made it sound reasonably well, but Mahler made a fetish out of it. His nonsequiturs in all sorts of keys became almost absurd. You don't have to keep modulating to keep up the interest; the interest isn't in the modulation, it's in the ideas and how they're developed."

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:11 am

Don't forget that there was at least 300 years of modulation before Wagner.

The first person to be accused of overdoing it was a contemporary of Beethoven, of whom Beethoven said: "He is too rich in modulations."

And I'm sure that I will remember the composer's name in the next few minutes. geek

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:36 am

Got it--here's the scoundrel right here--the first egregious overmodulator. Mad 

So as long as you stick to composers from before 1757, everything be fine.  


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Re: Moondog

Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:17 pm

Juan thinks you need to smoke a spliff, chillax a bit, not parse things so literally in a game of one-ups-man-ship, and just dig the larger point Moondoggle is makin vis-a-vis minimalism ( YOU LISTEN TO BLUES - so you already understand the LESS IS MORE philosophy on some level), but also let us consider the influence of north indian classical one-key "trance" music ( and other world musics) on mid 20th century composers and the huge influence Doggle had on the likes of Glass and Reich

unless u are one of those playa-hataz who dismiss Glass & Reich outofhand, in which case IT IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG SUCKA emcee


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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:21 pm

Yakima Canutt wrote:Juan thinks you need to smoke a spliff, chillax a bit, not parse things so literally in a game of one-ups-man-ship, ...
In other words, you're telling the pinhed to stop being pinheded?  

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