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Tilting at Windmills

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February 26, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

TIPS FOR ASPIRING BUSKERS....Via AtlanticBlog comes this very funny article in the Guardian about busking. Apparently Badly Drawn Boy, a British pop star, spent 90 minutes playing his music in front of a tube station and was able to collect only 1.60. The Guardian thought it could do better, so they sent seven of their reporters out to try their hand at it. The bongo player seemed to have the hardest time:

It's hard to pinpoint the lowest moment of my busking experience. It may have been when a kindly, gold-toothed man selling the Big Issue looked down, threw me fivepence, smiled, and said: "What happened?" Otherwise it was probably when a passer-by asked, "Do you do requests?" Grateful for a modicum of interest, I agreed. "How about Fuck Off?" he said.

The most lucrative instrument was the harp, which brought in 17.73 for its owner not bad! The worst off was the singer backed up by the harmonica player at 1.73, though they lost by only a hair to the euphonium player.

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