The Busking Project

So if I lost my job and my living arrangement I’d crawl into the lobby of my old building and sob into my mail slot while furiously scratching my name off of it and trying to figure out the best way to mail my former boss a box of pee. But that’s just me. SOME people take on really exciting, productive and worthy endeavors when they’re dealt a bad hand. I think it’s called making Crystal Lite when life hands you crystals or something.

Nick Broad (of UndercoverNY) is one of those rad people, as well as is his comrade Chris Smith, both of whom are taking Nick’s recently-acquired free-time-filled homelessness to go on an around the world (green!) tour of buskers, accumulating enough footage, stories and music for a documentary, book and active website. They’ll be interviewing, couchsurfing and making mini-documentaries on their 8-12 month busking adventure, collaborating with locals wherever they land and doing plenty of valuable research on street performing.
The best way to support the project is to send some dollars their way on kickstarter (you saw that one coming, huh). The goal is twenty thou, and they’re gettin’ there! If you have any other services to provide, namely art for their donor gift pack or perhaps a comfy couch in a faraway city, get in touch with Nick at

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  1. Omnigut the Merciless Avatar
    Omnigut the Merciless

    thanks, Classy, for the tout. Unfortunately I've already done the "publish defaming story in local paper" thing to a previous boss ("Without overstating things, Chad was a neatly goateed, beady-eyed, hockey-fight loving, egomaniacal, mid-life calamity of a white-and-wealthy Connecticuter"), and my last employers were Channel 13…you just can't diss Big Bird.

    And thanks, too, for the "rad" comment. As an Englishman, I think that marks my moment of cultural acceptance in this fine country. However – with a certain amount of British self-depreciation – I was lucky enough to be taken in by my grandmother here in New York and NOT ASKED TO PAY RENT. This has afforded me a healthy "what to do with my life" period, still feeling like "getting-fired-was-a-good-thing", and not yet "must-stop-eating-cold-beans-from-a-tin" stage.

    I'm sure that will come in good time. Love your writing (linking you to our site).

    Oh, and if anyone else wants to come travel the world with me, you're more than welcome to come :)

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