Friday, August 8, 2008

Ken Nordine - Bickering

I'm not sure if it's him, but there's a kennordine on YouTube.

(update: I'm pretty sure it's him. He just posted a video of his newborn great-grandson.)


For those of you not familiar with the name, many will be familiar with the voice. At age 88, Ken Nordine is still working. Along with his occasional pieces on NPR, he has a podcast and it would seem, a page on YouTube.

here's his latest posting, truth mute:

With my generation, Nordine was best known for his Levi's voice-overs, but he was well-known in smaller circles, many years before that, developing and honing his singular style, Word Jazz- which is essentially free verse storytelling over music- a sort of second generation beat, ur-rap, but more with the flavor of Kafka, The Brothers Grimm and Poe than was fashionable at the time. He emerged in the mid-1950's Chicago jazz scene and has cited Lord Buckley as an influence. He realeased his second album Word Jazz in 1957. Fifty-plus years later, he's still kicking it.

something a little more upbeat, Hamlet does the Blues:

For those of you not familiar, here's the usual primer on Wikipedia and a decent little page of Nordine links.

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