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Moondog SC Viking of 6th Avenue Authorized Biography
by Robert Scotto
Published by Process Books
320p, b&w, softcover, 6"x9"
"Here is a revised edition of an award-winning biography that
celebrates one of the most improbable lives of the twentieth century: a
blind and homeless man who became the most famous eccentric in New York,
rising to prominence in major label recordings in addition to symphonic
concerts of his compositions.
Moondog will soon be seen as a feature-length documentary titled The Viking of 6th Avenue directed by Holly Elson and produced by Hard Working Movies.
Born Louis Thomas Hardin in 1916, Moondog first made an impression in
the late 1940s when he became a mascot of the New York Philharmonic at
Carnegie Hall. His unique, melodic compositions were released on the
Prestige jazz label. In the late 1960s the Viking-garbed Moondog was a
pop music sensation on Columbia Records.
Moondog’s compositional style influenced his former roommate Philip
Glass, whose preface appears in the book. Moondog’s work transcends
labels and redefines the distinction between popular and high culture."