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Essays About Street Performing (or Busking) [Kindle Edition]

Kirsten Anderberg
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Book Description

This book is a collection of stories, tips and resources about "busking" aka street performing. A veteran with 30+ years of busking under her belt, and a rare solo woman performer, who writes political satire, Anderberg provides a unique glimpse into the world of busking from the inside out. Articles include "How to Interact with Buskers," "Women Street Performers and Sexual Safety," "Using Buildings and Awnings as Microphones," "Take Back Your Entertainment," "Tips Street Performers Remember," "How to Pick a Street Performer Spot," "Selling Out as a Street Performer," "What Motivates Women Buskers," "I Wish Everyone Passed the Hat for Their Pay," "Free Speech Costs Money at Seattle's Pike Place Market," "Street Performer Family Tree."

Author Kirsten Anderberg has been a busker since 1978 and has lived the life of a street performer since her teens. Performing as Mother Zosima, a satiric nun, since 1989, Anderberg has provided shoot-from-the-hip lyrics and acrobatic vocals to delighted audiences for decades. The author earned her BA Degree from the University of WA in Political Science, her MA Degree from CA State University Northridge in History and Archiving. She has also done graduate level work in Instructional/Graphic Design and Law.

Product Details

  • File Size: 510 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Kirsten Anderberg; 2 edition (June 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IK942I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Window to the World Outside July 30, 2011
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Kirsten Anderberg is prickly, opinionated, and writes a very good account of life on the street as a busker.

I had a headache the day I downloaded and read this book. I had tried to read other books, both fiction and non-fiction, and they all annoyed me as being too ornate or too obscure. Anderberg is neither. Her chapter on "How to Interact with Buskers" bluntly describes the ridiculous behavior of crowds: leaving their children with street performers, interrupting performances, and not tipping. If you watch a busker, would it kill you to tip her half of what you spent on your cappuccino?

In another chapter, Anderberg describes the sexual double-standards of crowds, police, and business owners when it comes to women performers. Later, by discussing the use of the city as a voice amplifier, she reminded me how every profession has its technical obsessions. (I'm a cartoonist, and could fill books myself with the technical side of the craft.)

The book is inexpensive, the essays read smoothly, and Anderberg is up-front and clear-headed. An interesting read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but repetitive June 2, 2013
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Could use a major editing to pull together and remove the fragments that repeat what's already been said. That said there is lots of good advice about busking as a woman solo performer which I appreciate greatly. Beth Kohnen harmonica player
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Kirsten Anderberg is a journalist/historian/activist/designer/educator/performer/artist based in Ventura, CA. She earned her M.A. in History and Archiving from the CA State University at Northridge in 2010, and has her B.A. degree in Political Science and Women's Studies from the University of WA in Seattle. Her historical focus has been on the institutional history of America, especially child protection institutions and mental asylums, as well as Southern CA and women's history. Ms. Anderberg is the recipient of numerous historical awards and fellowships, including a grant from the prestigious Historical Society of Southern CA. Her journalism addressing the histories of MacLaren Hall in Los Angeles and Camarillo State Mental Hospital in Camarillo has been groundbreaking.

The bulk of Ms. Anderberg's journalism has been focused upon civil rights, feminism, poverty, politics, performing, history and health. Anderberg commonly writes about natural health, such as kitchen cosmetics, natural beauty recipes, and medicinal herbs, with much of that knowledge coming from her early exposure to the legendary Source Family. Anderberg has been a paid vaudevillian performer for 30 years, and her music has been used by activist Ann Simonton, among others. She has published more articles in first person by a woman street performer than ever published prior in history. Her historical work regarding street performance and busking is filling a gap too long neglected. Anderberg has also published many important articles on the topics of poverty, homelessness, feminism and political protest.

Kirsten Anderberg was borne in Saugus, CA, at the Wild West edge of Los Angeles County, in 1960. As a child, box turtles still walked the streets and remnants of the rancho era of CA still ruled the imaginations of children and adults alike. As a teen, she lived in the San Fernando Valley in Senator Carrell's historic adobe retirement home on Odyssey Hill, and also was a homeless teen on the streets of Seattle, where she became a street performer. Her performing career includes a 12 piece Motown band, a swing band, an original a cappella trio, and solo vaudevillian gigs. Anderberg became a journalist in 2003 during the anti-Iraq war protests in Seattle, when she felt the mainstream media was not covering the actual events in the street. She became an independent journalist thereafter and has published articles in hundreds of magazines, books, newspapers and websites. Anderberg has been published by Utne, ZNet, HipMama, Adbusters, Alternet, Mexico Magazine, Complete Mothering Magazine, Gale Publishing, the Indypendent, Susun Weed, and more. She is a strong proponent of self-publishing and independent media. You can view her literary resume online at

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