The On-the-Streets, In-the-Trains, Off-the-Grid Memoir of Two New York City Street Musicians
Heth Weinstein & Jed Weinstein
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Frustrated by the indifference of the music industry and the stacks of homemade CDs gathering dust in their closets, brothers Heth and Jed Weinstein made the radical decision to bring their music directly to the masses. They began playing on street corners, in subway stations, and wherever else they could connect with a live audience. To their surprise, far from this being the terminal stop of a dead-end career, busking turned out to be just the beginning as crowds of stressed-out commuters gathered around, cheering them on, subscribing to their mailing lists, and actually buying some of those stockpiled CDs40,000 and counting.
In Buskers, Heth and Jed recount their turbulent, drug- and crime-filled adolescence in the nowhere-land of Livingston, New Jersey, their valiant attempts to achieve rock ’n’ roll success through traditional channels, and their unexpected path to circumventing the outmoded music industry. They divulge fascinating details about the technical and legal aspects of street performance, New York busking culture, and the lives of their fellow troubadours.
A world of possibilities opens up when the brothers take it to the streets, proving the value of their music to themselves and anyone who’ll listen. Read their story, and your commute will never be the same.
Buskers is fantastic!
Two brothers who took their music to the streets. Modern day troubadours. More punk and DIY than The Sex Pistols. These dudes have heart and it shows. Heth and Jed are not afraid to reveal their personal struggle for rock salvation along with all the laughs and tears that go along with their adventures. Buy this book if you have the slightest interest in family run businesses, New York City, brothers, standing up to authority and keeping art alive in these conservative times.
A must read
Buskers is a great read, a story of two brothers who defined themselves as arguably the most famous buskers in NYC. Not a family friendly book, but a ton of laughs are included Chapter after chapter. Interesting stories and a unique writing style combine to create a book that simply cannot be put down. If you are interested in music, brothers, NYC, standing up and making something out of nothing, or just want a laugh then check it out!
smart, funny and satisfying
Buskers is a superbly written, powerful account of two musician brothers determined to get their music heard by the masses. Ultimately it was their talent and rebel-like charms that won over the streets and clubs of NYC. It's not only a personal memoir but a visceral prism into the rough hues of NJ and NYC. I literally felt my pulse race while reading it.