For the past two years Holly Elson has been researching and shooting interviews for a feature-length documentary entitled The Viking of 6th Avenue. The film will tell the colorful story of legendary blind musician Moondog, and uncover the motivations of a man determined not only to create original music but to live a truly original life. The Viking of 6th Avenue will contain a wealth of never before seen archival film/photos, home movies and rare audio recordings, as well as unique interviews with Moondog’s friends, family, collaborators and musicians who cite him as an influence including Jarvis Cocker, John Zorn, Debbie Harry, Damon Albarn, Philip Glass and many more. In hopes of completing the film within the year, the filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds.
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We’re very excited to be producing The Viking of 6th Avenue and educating a wider audience about Moondog and his music. We were very fortunate to be featured in the New York Times for our Kickstarter launch, but we still have a long way to go. With recently discovered photographs and unpublished Moondog scores still in their original Braille form, we hope you’ll be able to help us bring this new material out into the world.
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