Buskers: The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians

Buskers: The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians

by Heth Weinstein, Jed Weinstein


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593764128
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction In the Shadows xi

1 Background Check 1

2 Daddy's Weed 13

3 Our First Taste or New york 25

4 The Great Escape 41

5 Dead-End Jobs and Confused Guitarists 55

6 Communication Breakdown 75

7 Paid to Practice 87

8 Urban Frankenstein 93

9 Subway Series 117

10 Breakin' 2: Electric Boogoloo 125

11 The year Of No Sleep 133

12 Cosmic Intake Valve 143

13 Fat of the Land 155

14 Future Memory 169

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Buskers: The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JemmaH More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a ride this book was. I've been a fan of these guys ever since seeing them perform outside F.A.O. Schwartz on my first visit to NYC. Fell in love with their music and their book Buskers was equally awesome! There story is fascinating and told in a very down-to-earth manner. Kudos to the brother's Weinstein.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best music memoir I've read all year, (I'm listening to one of their CDs as I write this review) the way I know it's great is that while reading the book I actually laughed out loud several times (got a lot of stares). Honestly I didn't know what to think when I found this gem but not only is it written in a very cool style it's also riveting. Brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein have really rocked a great book. READ THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am going to pre-order right now! Can't wait to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book incredibly insightful. Not only do the authors do a great job telling us about how they became Buskers and what is is like to be Buskers, but they make it very interesting at the same time. Not only was their writing style very entertaining, but I really appreciate the behind it: to follow your dream.