Maybe You Can Still Get One There

Anybody know the musicological significance of this location?:

[UPDATE] Wow, I’m glad I didn’t promise an easy handout for that one. I suppose Partch didn’t get a free meal there himself, just copied an inscription from someone who had. All these famous addresses in Partch’s Barstow: I wonder if any of the people living there have any idea. You click on that blue square and it opens an information panel that says that house (next door) just sold for $449,000! In this economy!


  1. says

    It’s in one of Partch’s inscriptions in his
    Barstow: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California. Number two admonishes: “Gentlemen, go to 530 East Lemon Avenue in Monrovia, CA for an easy handout. Yahaho.”

  2. says

    It’s mentioned in Harry Partch’s “Barstow” as an address to go to for a handout. I didn’t know this offhand (despite having heard the composition), but I tried Google searches for “Monrovia California ” and got a hit with “Lou Harrison”.

  3. Kyle Lynch says

    I always wondered if that offer for a free handout still stands. After I saw that address Partch’s jingle sprang instantly in my brain.

  4. says

    Well, the file name for the picture is a bit of a giveaway, but it helps that I’ve been listening to Harry Partch all weekend.
    Think I’ll look up that girl at 118 East Ventura Street, Las Vegas. I presume the railing in Barstow is long gone.
    It’s a brilliant idea, using Google to look up places mentioned in music, film, literature.

  5. Prent Rodgers says

    I think we need to all show up some Sunday morning and tell them how important their place is to all of us obsessive microtonalists. And bring some of Harry’s favorite brandy. What was it called?