Tuesday, January 09, 2007

An Interview With Harry Perry Of Venice Beach, California

"It was sometime in 1996 and I was having coffee back home in Australia, with a friend who had just returned from a trip to Los Angeles. As we flipped through what would now almost be considered retro – her photo album, I came across a shot of a tall, striking-looking man dressed in a white robe, wearing a white turban, broad smile and an electric guitar. “Who’s that?” I inquired. “Oh, this famous, street performer guy on the Venice Beach boardwalk,” she said. For years afterward, I would come across photos of him in the photo albums of friends as far away as London, Tokyo, Stockholm and Paris, until one day in 2001 when I finally got to take one of my own."

Harry Perry is perhaps the most enduring and high-profile street performer in the world. On a pair of in-line skates (quads in his earlier days), Harry has worked the Venice Beach boardwalk since 1974. He has earned a cherished reputation among the good folk of Southern California, and cuts an unforgettable image in his trademark attire of a white robe, white turban and big smile, playing his red and white electric guitar. "

The rest of the interview at losangeles.broowaha.com

Also a wiki entry and his Imdb profile.


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