Moondog: A New York City icon
Moondog, who many cite for his countless influences on music and culture, was also known for his seemingly eternal presence at 54th Street and 6th Avenue. Moondog became, both figuratively and literally, a landmark of New York City.
Excerpt from a late 1960's Gray Line NYC guidebook that featured Moondog on the cover:
"His real name is Louis Hardin, and every day from 12 noon until after 12 midnight, you can find him on 6th Ave. between 52nd and 55th Streets. He's a musician who's had concerts at The Town Hall. (He plays instruments he invented himself. One's called the Oo, a triangular harp, and another's called the Trimba, a triangular drum.) He's also a composer, and wrote music to the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. (The record's called Tell It Again.) He's a poet, too, and a philosopher, and if you stop to talk to him on the street you'll find him interesting. And friendly. Yet you might never get to see a Moondog on your own. Just like you might never visit San Francisco and realize that there's an artist's houseboat colony in nearby Sausalito. That's what Gray Line is all about."
"He was a street person…something that was as New York as the Empire State Building or any other landmark of the city. There were advertisements that would say we’re 50 feet from this, this and 25 feet from Moondog, and the impression was that anybody who was anybody knew where Moondog was to be found." - Robert Scotto, Moondog biographer
We're excited to bring this part of Moondog's story to life on the big screen, and are grateful for your support so far! Stay tuned for more updates about the rest of the film...
The Viking of 6th Avenue Team