In a couple of days it’s been 17 years since this remarkable man (born in 1916) died, of whom I until recently knew very little, so forgive me for quoting Wikipedia:
Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), better known as Moondog, was an American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He was blind from the age of 16. In New York from the late 1940s until he left in 1972, he could often be found on 6th Avenue between 52nd and 55th Street wearing a cloak and Viking-style helmet, sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silent and still.
He was widely recognized as “the Viking of 6th Avenue” by thousands of passersby and residents who weren’t aware of his musical career.
Of course, born in May 1916, the 26th of that month marked his 100th anniversary, too, but like thousands of Manhattan passersby and residents I was too unaware to even notice.
Check out his amazing, often quite mesmerising, catalogue: