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Why a Web Site?
The music of Duke Special offers unique, rich content for a comprehensive web project. In addition to being an accomplished song writer and prolific performer, the fellow has tackled a number of artistic endeavors beyond popular - all of which warrant recognition.
"Punch of a Friend - the Art of Duke Special" has no affiliation with Duke Special, or his website.
What kind of Web Site?
This site explores the music of Duke Special for the enjoyment of it. I am personally interested in music history, literature, rhetoric, language, and history. I'm an academic librarian, but my broader educational background is in the humanities. So, I hope to look at how Duke Special's music reflects a number of different musical and literary traditions. I don't generate any money from this site; it's done out of interest in and appreciation for artist and his music.
Much of the site helps to organize some of the material already on the Internet. The blog will be a way for me to explore and comment on the material I've been able to gather.
Documenting and Archiving
One of my intents is to document and provide access to online material - particularly videos and interviews. It's a daunting task, in the case of the videos, because there are a LOT of them on YouTube. It's unlikely that anyone could ever find all of them, let alone create a complete list of it all. Still, I am making an attempt to gather what I can.
What Else Can You Find Here?
Look at a list of official recordings by Duke Special.
Watch TV performances Duke Special has done over the years.
Review an extensive list of live performance videos from 2005-2014.
Consider music and art that's influenced his work.
Read my latest thoughts, and comment on the blog.