Talk:Artis the Spoonman

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In the 1980's, Artis the Spoonman would frequently show up barefoot along the walkways of the University of Washington in Seattle and perform with his spoons and flutes. Between songs he would encourage onlookers to drop out of school and go experience life.

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Since when are the spoons a "woodwind instrument"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:29, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

He also plays the flute. But yeah, percussion would probably be a better label.
I added a reference to his flute playing in text and expanded and repurposed an existing external link as a citation. Don Lammers (talk) 22:54, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Real Name[edit]

Does nobody know his real/legal name? (talk) 22:47, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

I have not been able to find his birth name. His real, legal name is "Artis". In one cited interview he says his fist name was changed to Artis when he was adopted by his stepfather (presumably his last name was as well), and that he legally had it changed to just "Artis" when he was 40. I also could not find evidence for his birth date, though from other things he says in the interview it had to be between August and December 1948. Don Lammers (talk) 22:54, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

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I have checked and expanded existing citations where possible, and have added some additional citations. I have removed the banner complaining about too many primary sources, which should have probably been removed a couple of years ago after some other citation work that probably resulted from the banner placement. I am going to go way out on a limb now and re-rate this as C-class. I think there is enough verified text and good enough citations to qualify. Feel free to revert if you disagree, as I am not a regular in BLP articles. Don Lammers (talk) 22:54, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

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