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He’s Worth It

The BBC has a video report on a 13-year-old guitarist who makes £70 per hour [$140] playing on a pier.

He’s worth it, he really is.


1 Steve Bates { 08.03.08 at 9:33 pm }

(Ahem.) Piers he’s enjoying himself. And yes, he is good.

Busking is more a tradition in England than in the US. American city councils seem to take a dim view of street musicians, requiring them to register and/or pay fees, or sometimes banning them outright. Yes, I did some busking in my youth, but I never made anything like £70 per hour!

2 Bryan { 08.03.08 at 10:03 pm }

It is a feature of most European cities, and if the city has a conservatory it is often the students from there doing it, and many are very good. Many of the Underground stations have acoustics similar to cathedrals so there was a lot of Baroque music in Germany.

As his dad says, where is he going to find a group of kids his age to form a group? He is obviously too young for Pub gigs.

3 Badtux { 08.04.08 at 1:57 am }

Steve, if it doesn’t make money for corporations, it isn’t allowed here in the United Corporations of America. Thus the only place you find buskers is places where corporations can license them and regulate them and there is no threat to corporate profit. Otherwise buskers are competition for corporate entertainment, and thus not to be tolerated. After all, if we do not pay corporations for our entertainment, why, we might even do something evil like entertain ourself. GASP! We can’t allow that, can we?!

— Badtux the Cynical Penguin

4 Bryan { 08.04.08 at 3:12 pm }

If the kid gets a recording contract, he’ll never be heard of again. The media really is trying to destroy their market in the War On Piracy™.