A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 09, 2016
“How do you make a musician complain?"/"Give him a gig.”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Google Groups: alt.music.ska
RiMSHOT! [v03.02] BANTER - Interview w/ Buck Hingley!
Yuzo Watanabe
9/16/97
(...)
There’s an old joke that goes around about the music business:

Q: How do you make a musician complain? 
A: Give him a gig.

Google Groups: rec.music.makers.guitar.jazz
Only three more
Joe Finn
9/1/02
(...)
It’s like the old joke:

Q: Want to hear a musician complain?
A: Give him a gig.

Google Groups: alt.guitar.bass
long week
Scot Larsen
4/22/03
(...)
question: “How do you make a musician complain?”
answer: “Give em a gig.”

Twitter
Joe MuscaraJoe Stone
‏@jmuscara
P.S. How do you make a musician complain? Get him a gig. So don’t mind me.
6:08 AM - 27 Oct 2009

Twitter
Mike del Ferro
‏@mikedelferro
How to make a Musician complain : give him a gig
10:11 AM - 14 Sep 2010

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Moinlabs
‏@moinlabs
@Stonewing @nailmusic Best musician joke ever! “How do you make a musician complain? Give him a gig.”
5:19 PM - 21 Aug 2011

Westword
“COMMON-FUCKING-SENSE TRUMPS EGO”: EXCLUSIVE WITH CLAUDE COLEMAN OF WEEN
BY ADAM PERRYTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016
(...)
“Musicians can be so self-important and uptight. There’s an old joke: ‘How do you make a musician complain? Get him a gig!’”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 • Permalink


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