Busking in USA finds its roots entrenched in history and culture of America. It is defined as a performance for the exchange of money. The word “busking” comes from a Latin root “busk” which means buskin. It is linked to roman history where buskin was a type of sandal worn by roman street performers. During such performances, there was a practice of throwing coins at street performers accredited as their first tips. This fashioned the platform of origin of busking which later on diversified itself into a profession. Although, busking has spread to the entire world, but the literal meaning varies in every region.
Types of busking:
Controversy and intrigue best embodies the rich busking history. Busking in USA has been alive since immemorial and has been strong since. It started off from the medicine shows to snake charming, juggling and fire breathing to one man bands. NYC buskers are categorized into following types.
There are circle shows which draws huge crowd around them. Such shows are well coordinated and these street performers present a skit, dance and comedy. On the other hand, there is another type called café busking. In such type, NYC buskers perform in exchange for tips which are collected via a passing of the hat. These street performers entertain us in the most unanticipated places such as in the subway, train platforms etc.
Artistic Expression of busking in USA:
The Noise Beneath the Apple™ is a music blog which concentrates only on the Musicians who are NYC buskers. There are fire eaters, living statues, break dancers and musicians. These endowed artists deserve huge veneration as they manage their earnings from a living which they enjoy and love to do in the most affluent city of America, New York. This book covers every facet of history as well as future of busking in USA. It is an emblematic celebration of the rich busking culture by the musicians busking in USA who presents the outstanding talent in the busy streets of New York City. The life of New York buskers is presented through an artist’s point of view in order to depict the love for the underground music. The author has exquisitely apprehended its existence and shared the history and stories full of visual essence. This site is developed with a purpose to create a buzz for the book “The Noise Beneath The Apple” by Heather Jacks. These books will released soon but due to its limited edition, buy it soon in order to captivate you in the maneuvering world of busking in USA.
Heather Jacks, NYC Buskers Journalist I received my B. A. from USF and my graduate degree from UC Davis. I've traveled extensively and worked in the music industry since the eighties. Currently, I live in Busking in USA City and Los Angeles. If you want to hear a bit more about me, visit: www.heatherjacks.com