Pay the Piper!: A Street-Performer's Public Life in America's Privatized Times

Pay the Piper!: A Street-Performer's Public Life in America's Privatized Times

by Jack Garvey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499377545
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jack Garvey (1951 - ) was born and raised in Lawrence, Mass., before attending Salem State University where his BA was delayed three semesters by the student newspaper, the anti-war movement, and other counter-culture activities. Unwilling to serve the Fort Kent, Maine, Chamber of Commerce as a reporter for the St. John Valley Times, he disappeared west of the Mississippi River, turning up as a graduate student and teacher of freshman composition at South Dakota State University, as a grantwriter for the United Tribes of North Dakota, as a vagabond on the West Coast, and as a busker in Denver.

Returning to Massachusetts after about eight years--the same time that the Prodigal Son returned to a fatted calf--Garvey landed north of Boston to resume busking in the coastal tourist towns of Newburyport and Salem while teaching as an adjunct instructor in every college within a 90-minute drive. A year later, in 1983, he began writing guest columns for the Newburyport Daily News and the weekly Newburyport Current. In 1999 he joined King Richard's Renaissance Faire in Carver, Mass., where he continues to perform every fall as a strolling minstrel. He still writes for the Dail News and he has since included Lexington, Mass., to his busking circuit.

His daughter and son-in-law, Rain and Jon Michaels, who talked Garvey into forming Busker's Delight Press--and who run it because he doesn't have a clue--live in Burbank, California, with his grandchildren, Lachlan Paul and Briana Lorraine.

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