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Brian DeMarco’s ancestry is one of consternation and revolution. All of his forefathers and cousins were in one way or the other subversives. But not ordinary subversives—they were the kind with children hovering at their periphery. They were the kind that most of us would call priests or back-alley men. Brian fondly recalls his time with his great Uncle Calabasas, “Uncle Cal was the first musician in our family to make it. He played the thongophone for an upbeat bunch of missionaries in New Guinea. He perished from blood worms next to his favorite resonating tubes.” Brian doesn’t play the tubes, but he does like the blues and is known to not only channel his family’s subversive ideas, which are now laminated as dinner-table place settings, but also Lightnin’ Hopkins, Little Walter and Leon Redbone. But don’t ask him to whistle. His great grandfather was arrested once for whistling in the Great North. He was never heard from again.

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