New in: Charlie Nothing – Dingulation

Charlie Nothing - DingulationNew from Counter Culture Chronicles:

Charlie Nothing – Dingulation

Charlie Nothing was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1941 as Charles Martin Simon. After having graduated from the Montclair Academy for Boys, Simon enrolled in Rutgers University, New Jersey, where he studied Agriculture and English Literature for a couple of years before dropping out in 1961. The death of Simon’s wife in 1965 left him shattered and ‘reduced to nothing’ and from that time on he focused on music, visual art and writing under the moniker Charlie Nothing. He called his homemade steel guitars, unique instruments constructed from the wrecks of American cars, ‘dingulators’. “It’s a sword-to-plowshare kind of thing,” Charlie Nothing explained, “cars to guitars.” During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s he formed a number of ‘dingulation bands’ and recorded two albums. Charlie Nothing moved to the West Coast in 1966 and lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, where he joined an organic farming community. Between 1984 and 2004 he stopped performing and focused on beekeeping and writing, which led to a dozen hand made and self-published books. Three years after having started performing again, Charlie Nothing died in Soquel, California in 2007.

The 70-minute Dingulation cassette released by Counter Culture Chronicles contains selections from the self-released cassettes The Fabulous Dingulators by The Charlie Nothing Dingulator Band (1982) and State of the Ding (1989) with fellow outsider musicians Jesse Ward Jr, John Kertis and Pat Bisconti.

A limited edition box set of this cassette has also been released by Counter Culture Chronicles. Besides the Dingulation cassette the hand numbered cardboard box contains the cassette Solo Ding and five laser printed inserts. Only 20 copies were produced of this handsome box set, which is retailed for €20,00.