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emussel

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Wesley Willis
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:52:52 AM »
I was just watching old footage of musicians and bands who performed at my old teenage haunt The Elvis Room and came across a video of this guy Wesley Willis. Wesley was a street artist and outsider musician from Chicago, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1989 and began making music. I listened to some of it and it is...different. But he actually toured and developed a cult following in the punk rock scene of the 90's.

His artwork has been on display at the Mohamed Khalil Museum in Egypt among other places.

...I just watched vid of him in person, he seemed much cooler on tour in northern new england...but it takes all kinds I guess and it's cool that his artwork has been of note. I think he was older when he hit the E room and didn't seem as...partially retarded?? brain damaged?? Nah....I love this guy if only there were more people like him. I agree with whoever suggested naming the Sears tower after him! The Wesley Willis Tower...hells yes!

here he is at the e room playing his song "a freight train killed my daddy"

http://www.wesleywillisart.com/2006/03/dan_ryan_1988.html
^and finally...here's some of the guy's artwork!

and here's a cool ten minute documentary of the artist explaining his technique:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1Rzg51SMhEo