Category Archives: Anecdotes

David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Children, Concerts

Children • Rock goddesses have kids, too. Pat Benatar was a major 1980s rock star and continues to play today. Her songs such as “Heartbreaker” are on Guitar Hero, and lots of children — and adults — rock out to them, including … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Children

Children • Kimya Dawson became famous after several of her songs appeared in the hit 2007 movie Juno. After the movie made her famous, she started creating an album titled Alphabutt for children. Her humor, as shown when she was a member of the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Children

Children • So what is it like being the parent of a rock star? Dave Simpson of the British newspaper The Guardian asked some parents of rock stars just that question. 1) Roy Newman, a retired electrical power engineer, is the father of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Blues, Children

Blues • It’s possible to fall in love with another culture. In Japan, Yoko Noge fell in love with Chicago blues, and after going to college she went to Chicago to sing the blues. There, she sang like a black woman. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Audiences, Auditions, Bathrooms, Blues

Audiences • Walter Damrosch pioneered the playing of classical music in American towns where classical music had never been played. In one town, he was conducting a Beethoven symphony when someone in the audience loudly requested that the orchestra play “The … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Alcohol, Animals, April Fool, Audiences

From Bruce Anecdotes Alcohol • Young rappers tend to be pretty crazy. Older rappers can settle down. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch went to a health-food store to buy a present for his parents one holiday season, and he said that he … Continue reading

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David Bruce: The Funniest People in Music, Volume 3 — Alcohol

Alcohol • Some American towns are wet (they allow alcohol); other American towns are dry (they don’t allow alcohol). During his 1885 American tour, Colonel James H. Mapleson had the misfortune to stop in Topeka, Kansas, a dry town. His opera … Continue reading

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