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Louis Hardin (Composer)

Born: 26th May 1916, Marysville, Kansas, United States

Died: 8th September 1999, Munster, Germany

Nationality: American

Louis Thomas Hardin known as Moondog, was an American musician, composer, theoretician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Largely self-taught as a composer, his work drew inspiration from jazz, Classical, native American music, and was strongly rhythmic and contrapuntal, in some ways anticipating the minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

He was blind from the age of 16. Hardin lived in New York City from the late 1940s until 1972, and during this time he could often be found on 6th Avenue, between 52nd and 55th Streets, wearing a cloak and a horned helmet sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silently on the sidewalk.

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