The Guide to Busking
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The Guide to Busking

a how-to guide for street performance. (cover illustration: Amy Kuttab)

About the Book

Ever wanted to know what it takes to be a street musician?  This book will show you the hows, the whys, and the why not's of being a professional street musician.  Littered throughout the wonderful how-to are amusing anecdotes of failure and triumph that--even if you don't want to do-it-yourself--you can still laugh at our folly.

About the Editor

Tom Senkus
Tom Senkus

Tom Senkus is a published author and musician.  Former jobs number in the dozens, anything from a truck driver to a flipper in a rug shop.  He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

He's written for The Stony Brook Press,, Salvation is a Pop Song, and, among many other one off publications that have melted into the ether of the Internet.  Currently, Tom is focusing on self-publishing works of non-ficition, humor, and short story collections to spread his name far and wide.

About the Contributors

Amy Kuttab
Amy Kuttab


Cover illustration by the illustrious Amy Kuttab.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Busking Origins: My Story
  • Types of Busking Acts
  • Audience Participation
  • Stage Banter
  • Picking a Spot
  • Permits and Ordinances
  • When to Play
  • Problems and Gripes
  • Fringe Benefits and Detriments
  • Wardrobe
  • Money
  • Overexposure
  • Co-opted?
  • Gear
  • Weather
  • Merchandise
  • Miscellaneous Tips and Tricks
  • Thoughts
  • Interview

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