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Today on Aerial View I head out to Ave of the Americas (AKA 6th Ave) between 48th and 50th streets in New York to ask passersby for reactions to the death of Prince (and for theories on what happened). Listen for:
A family of French tourists responding in French.
A confused kid searching for subway.
Someone named George.
Billy, a homeless person, who loves The Beatles
Lots of commuters who ignore me.
Some other "randos".
Below are some pictures from yesterday's foray. First up is Homeless Billy. Then there are shots of various locales up and down the Ave of the Americas where I tried to pry interviews from folks.
RIP, Prince. You are most definitely missed.
I've identified a phenomenon I've dubbed "Dead Celebrity Social Media Pecking Order", or "DCSMPO" for short. Here's the way it works:
A celebrity dies.
People react on social media.
Those people quickly establish a pecking order of who feels the loss the deepest, depending on various factors. Here's the levels I've identified, based on Prince's death:
Longtime Concertgoers ("Been to every show!")
Has his entire output on vinyl, including obscurities.
Has the CDs.
Bought Purple Rain soundtrack.
Saw Purple Rain many times.
Saw Purple Rain once.
Likes that songs about the doves.
Wants to party like it's 1999.
Prefers Sinead's version.
Never really cared for his music.
Man, fuck that guy.
Last Week: Ace Is The Place
Last week'sAerial View documented my visit to the Ace Frehley show at the BB King Club in NYC.
Chris Prince T.
Aerial Instrumental No. 1 View
Permanently unelected Mayor of Coney Island, and playwright Dick Zigun, has a new production - KILLING REPUBLICANS: A ROCK OPERA - now in residence at the Shooting Gallery Arts Annex in Coney Island. The Gala Night is Sat., April 30. I'll be sitting down with the playwright for a future edition of Aerial View.
2005 Mermaid Parade, with King Neptune David Johansen.
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