<![CDATA[Busker Central Living the Life Feed]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers en <![CDATA[Busking Berne and beyond]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=176&c=2&sid=7308ae7a07e7a75bab48847b05d92cc8 (SWITZERLAND) An interesting page at Swiss Info has many busking attractions, pictures, and related stories starting in the nation's capital with the Berne Buskers Festival.
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Celebrating its 12th year this summer, the three-day event featured 42 acts with 145 performers from 18 countries. Half of the acts were musical with the rest involving clowns, dancers, human statues, and other artists.

Related busking stories and pictures take us around Switzerland to Basel, Biel, and Montreux as well as podcast on what it's like to be a busker in Berne.

A reporter for Busker Central entered a Buskerfest contest in Luzern back in 1992. Unfortunately, the city was given a bad reputation when the contest was found to be "won" by a professional opera singer who had stumbled outside. Her father also happened...

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<![CDATA[Shivering Naked Cowboy needs clothes quick]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=75&c=2&sid=7308ae7a07e7a75bab48847b05d92cc8 (TAMPA) It was 52 degrees outside as people scurried around downtown to eat lunch today.
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Donning his full uniform — a cowboy hat, boots, tight white briefs and a strategically placed guitar — he sang and danced as onlookers approached him for photos and autographs.

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<![CDATA[Book: The Busker - Three cities, two years, one chance...]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=154&c=2&sid=7308ae7a07e7a75bab48847b05d92cc8 (LIAM MURRAY BELL) Three cities, two years, one chance - a story of a young man determined to find his voice in this world. Plucked from obscurity in Glasgow, Rab Dillon is about to become the next great protest singer.
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Seduced by promises of stardom and carrying only the guitar given to him by the girl who broke his heart, he travels down the road to London. There, he records his debut album that will speak to the dispossessed, the disenfranchised, and the disheartened. But one year later, he is sleeping rough on the streets of Brighton.

A modern-day ballad set across three cities and two years, The Busker is a rich comic exposé of the music industry, the Occupy movement, homelessness, squatting - and failing to live up to the name you share with your hero, Bob Dylan. It is also the story of what survives ...

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<![CDATA[Rivera Beach]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=55&b=14&c=2&sid=7308ae7a07e7a75bab48847b05d92cc8 Living out of my car, I was 26 on Rivera Beach in Florida. I was already hot in more ways than one. The police had already noticed me hanging out with my guitar and knew I was meeting girls and getting laid. Once, a cop came up on us knowing something was going on but found no evidence. It was inside my closed guitar case. Then, a jamming buddy made a sign and we crossed the street to an alcove between 2 restaurants. The sign read "Donations gladly accepted for munchies and strings". We made $12 and took off for much greener pastures down in the French Quarter.]]> <![CDATA[With busking, pay to play has it's benefits]]> http://buskercentral.com/buskers/blog.php?u=2&b=186&c=2&sid=7308ae7a07e7a75bab48847b05d92cc8 (BUSKER ALLEY) Buskers sometimes avoid cities where licensing is required. To them, it doesn't make sense when the hat may be too small to consider a permit. This creates a dilemma.
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When you think about it, the pay to play scheme actually has it's own valuable benefits. Consequently, it sometimes leaves the door wide open to busk a city where little if any busking is occuring. By asking how many busking permits have been issued, buskers can get an approximation of the competition to be expected.

By being permitted, the busker may also have a selection of top pitches from which to choose.

Since busking is always weather permitting, warm sunny days year-round really helps the tourism industry as well as the busker's pocketbook.

When all the factors are added up, it may make perfect sense to have...

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