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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Transit police at the Washington D.C. Metro have twice threatened to arrest Alex Young for playing his guitar at the subway station with an open guitar case. Young has fought back by filing a federal lawsuit on First Amendment grounds. "It is important for me to have an open guitar case (or tip jar) so that people understand that if they want to have art and music in the world, artists need to be supported," Young stated in an affadavit for the suit.

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Do like they do in NYC--hold auditions, get background info, have buskers bid on locations, and grant them licenses. Keeps the crazies and the hacks out of the subways and train stations. Many authorized buskers in NYC have real chops...

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-07 01:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

In the current political landscape, money is speech. Therefore telling him to stop asking for money is abridging free speech.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-07 02:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

this is a coincidence-- my great uncle Charlie mused a few days back (while we were blowing off some old phil ochs records up at the goodwill super store) that "back in the day" in new york (he makes and plays the dulcimer and lived on orchard street in the l.e.s from 1961-1974) there really weren't that many musicians and those who were there sometimes played in the street or in the subways or in the parks and were quite good. he said around 1970 or so the area suddenly had an influx of "beatniks" (as he calls them somewhat derogatively) who carried a overbearing pretension wrapped around a phony hobo caricature, an oversized guitar case and a ratty knapsack and the quality of the "ambient" music scene in the city went down considerably. he said that was around the time the rents increased and by the mid seventies he was forced to relocate to... new hampshire!

sometimes i feel like i was born 50 years too late...

#3 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-07 02:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

Move to Paris.

#4 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-08-07 02:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Move to Paris

are you kidding me??? that's the last place i'd go.

langenstrasse, zurich. look it up. i have six more days before i relocate and i can't wait...

#5 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-07 02:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

oops-- langstrasse.... can't even spell where i'll be living for the next year!

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-07 02:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nice place - EXPENSIVE...

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-07 03:17 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Nice place - EXPENSIVE."

it's changed quite a bit since i was a kid. but i've always wanted to live there, even if it is for just a year.

#8 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-08-07 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

Another open carry case.

#9 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-08-07 03:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

it's changed quite a bit since i was a kid. but i've always wanted to live there, even if it is for just a year.

#8 | Posted by NerfHerder

I had a friend that lived in that general area of Zurich for a couple years. His company paid housing and such plus he had huge cost of living adjustment. He loved it but just visiting it was obvious how far a US dollar didn't go.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-07 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don't move to New Hampshire.

#11 | Posted by shirtsbyeric at 2014-08-08 10:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Another open and shut case.

#12 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2014-08-08 01:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

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