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Euroarts Archives 1996
Few musicians encapsulate the "different ways jazz can be played" more than Moondog (real name Louis Hardin). Born in 1916, Moondog is best known as the Viking of 6th Avenue, where he busked, or simply stood in silence, for much of his time between the late 40s and 1972. To passers by, he was a zany public figure dressed like a futuristic druid or Danish warrior, but to musicians and friends he was a composer of rare genius, one "who used to howl at the moon."