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October 28, 2003

One of The Bobs founding members Gunnar Madsen has written the music for "The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World", a world premiere musical opening this week at The Powerhouse Theatre Company in Los Angeles. This original work is presented by The 2003 Hot Properties series, a collaboration of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and A.S.K. Theater Projects.

The Shaggs is the strange but true story of one of the worst bands in rock 'n roll history. The three Wiggin sisters: Dot, Betty and Helen recorded two albums before their father, Austin, died and the band died along with him. The Shaggs‚ first album, "Philosophy of the World", was recorded before the girls knew how to play their instruments. With the attention of Frank Zappa and NRBQ, it has since become a cult classic. The score of The Shaggs uses both original material and actual Shaggs music, traveling back and forth between the untapped, strange beauty in the Wiggin sisters and the weird, misshapen sound that came out of them. The play was inspired by a 1999 story in The New Yorker by Susan Orlean, the film rights to which were acquired by Tom Cruise. The Shaggs‚ life story is currently under option to Artisan Films

Posted by acapnews at October 28, 2003 3:20 PM


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