We just finished a new short doc on Linda Perhacs, the 70 year old dental hygienist/psychedelic folk musician out of Topanga Canyon. She’s an amazing and unique woman, so spread the word, we want to get more folks on the Linda bandwagon. And definitely check out her first album, Parallelograms - it’s fantastic.
We did it for MB!(formerly Avant Garde Diaries) - it’s a great outlet with interesting stories, heavy on the fashion/music/art tip. Worth a gander.
Tonetta777 is a 63 year old upholsterer, occasional cross dressing musician, and minor Youtube star. This is definitely one of the more tame vids, as a cursory plunge into his library had a very “puts the lotion in the basket” vibe. But I thought the music itself wasn’t half bad, and I actually really enjoyed this song.
Found a interview he gave to The Quietus in 2011,which was really illuminating and pretty damn interesting.
A few choice bits:
For one day a week, Tonetta is a 63-year-old upholsterer from Toronto named Tony. But since his wife left him in 1983, he has lived a reclusive existence. That was the year he stopped watching TV, quit listening to music, and began recording songs using cheap guitars from the sixties and a vintage drum machine pumping the same strutting beat. Ever since, he has been compelled to crank out tunes with a pair of tights on his head, gyrating blindly towards inspiration.
Have you really been living in seclusion without TV, music, and the internet all that time?
T: I don’t think [those things] would help at all because it would probably make me sound more like other stuff, you know what I mean? If I listen to music it’ll make me sound like these people. I’m also an artist. I draw, right? If I went to art school all I would be doing is learning how to draw like the teacher. You don’t really branch out on your own. You don’t become independent. I really believe I’ve got a different sound. [sharp intake of breath] I don’t know what it is. People say it’s different. It’s weird, crazy music. What is it? I don’t even know what it is. I don’t know what it is. What is it to you? I… how does it sound to you?
Well I like the idea that there’s a purity to it because you don’t have all these influences getting in the way.
T: That’s what I think too! See I haven’t listened to the radio or watched TV since 1983. I watch the odd western but my brother will tape it for me and send it on VHS, so I’ll watch that, right? I didn’t bother with the radio because everything’s the same all the time. I really believe all this stuff is programmed. They’re always playing old music. I got tired of it. I think boredom is making me write. I get so bored of the world. That’s what it is. It’s monotonous. It’s boring.