Al Carmines (1936–2005)

Al on accordion in Home Movies
photo: Fred W. McDarrah
Al on accordion in Home Movies

But to list Carmines's achievements would be pointless without also listing the countless people whose lives his whirlpool of artistic energy affected. Literally dozens of the artists involved linger in my memory as friends, though known to me only through the performance of his works. If he had a giant ego, it was a welcoming one: a vast, creative umbrella under which a whole community could flourish.

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