Anthony Braxton 60th Birthday Collection
- On June 4th multi-instrumentalist/composer/writer/teacher Anthony
Braxton will be turning 60. 2005 is his 39th year in Creative Musics and
38 years have passed since his recording debut on (Muhal) Richard
Abrams' "Levels And Degrees of Light". One outcome of Braxton's
never-wavering dedication over these four decades is a qualitively
astounding discography of nearly 250 albums.
Braxton's birthday provides a great opportunity for us to show our
appreciation - not only of his music but for him as an artist who held
out through rough times (like the first half of the 80s or the period
after his expensive opera project "Trillium R", 1996).
Mr. Braxton has been quite generous about his fans' sharing of OOP
records (for example the scandalously unavailable Arista albums!) and
even encourages it. So if you partook in trading/downloading this
material or live bootlegs or if you simply want to make a birthday
present you can do this now through the "Anthony Braxton 60th Birthday
The procedure: Click
Both links lead to the following PayPal page
and are provided for better usability.
The "AB60thBC" utilizes a PayPal business account. Therefore donors
don't need to be PayPal members and can send their contributions also
with their credit cards. Only 1.5% PP transaction fees will be deducted
from each donation - the rest will be taken over by us.
*Mr. Braxton will get 98.5% of the total sum of the
Once the campaign has ended (June 30th), the money will be sent to
Braxton via check. Proof that he got it will be provided with scans of
the transaction stub and/or a message from Mr. Braxton.
Braxton himself doesn't know about this initiative yet.
Please forward this mail (or only the link to the PP account page) to
any person that might be interested in contributing to the campaign.
Thanks in advance for any donation!
Greg Blake - manager of the "AB 60th birthday" PP account
Franz Fuchs - moderator of the Braxton mailing list
- Anthony Braxton And The Tri-Centric Foundation
(+ Braxton House label)
- Jason Guthartz's Braxton discography
- The Restructures link library with articles on & interviews
- Yahoo mailing list (founded in 1999)
- Braxton audio lecture 1985 (nearly two hours!) at
Other Minds/Internet Archive
- Interview with Downbeat's John Corbett (1994)
- Interview with Fred Jung (2001)
- The monumental "Third Milleniall Interview"
(60 000 words!) with Mike Heffley
- The Anthony Braxton 60th Birthday Collection is going
to end on June 30th.
Addresses for the campaign are
http://tinyurl.com/baffd. Both links lead to the same
page. We use a PayPal *business account* which means
you only need access to a credit card and don't have
to be a PayPal member. For the Birthday Collection's
This campaign is a rare opportunity for fans to
collectively give Mr. Braxton something. (It's likely
that there won't be a collection for another five
The donation end result and further details will be
Greg Blake - manager of the AB birthday account
Franz Fuchs - moderator of the AB mailing list
PS: Thanks to the nice people from "The Wire" magazine
who mention the collection (+ the tinyurl link) in the
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