Tag Archives: visionary musicians

Daniel Johnston, one of my favorite musicians and artists, has passed away

One of the most genuinely talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure to have known, the visionary artist and musician Daniel Johnston, passed away today at the age of 58. Here, for those of you who might not be aware of Johnson’s work, is the song Story of an Artist, from his self-released 1982 recording […]

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Jay Parks: Itinerant In-Truck Classic Rock Karaoke Drummer

If you’ve wandered around Ypsi over the past few weeks, you may have come across a fellow from Missouri by the name of Jay Parks, beating on an elaborate little drum kit that he’s built into the back of his truck. My most recent encounter with him was yesterday, when I was walking my dogs […]

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Mr. Quintron to demo the Drum Buddy in Ann Arbor this afternoon

I know it’s short notice, but Mr. Quintron, the inventor of the Drum Buddy, and my former Bulb Records label-mate, will be at the Ann Arbor downtown library at 1:00 this afternoon, all the way from New Orleans, to give a special, all-ages demonstration of how the Drum Buddy “uses oscillators, a coffee can and […]

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The painfully heartbreaking appearance of the Legendary Stardust Cowboy on Laugh-In

As much as I consider myself to be a fan of outsider art, I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I haven’t invested much time listening to the work of The Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Tonight, though, I’m trying to make up for it in a big way. And I’ve got to say that the experience, at […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Charlie Slick

I don’t know how to break this to you, so I’ll just come right out and say it… It looks as though beloved local pop idol Charlie Slick will soon be joining the ranks of those leaving our community. Following is his official exit interview. MARK: I’m thinking of requiring everyone who wants to leave […]

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