You might know it by a different name, but busking has been around for as long as people have been gathering in communities of any kind. It’s the practice of performing in public for gratuities, either money or edibles, and it’s as popular now as it has ever been. In addition to countless practitioners of the art, there are even busking festivals all over the world. Many buskers are musical performers, but it’s not unusual to find acrobats, jugglers, magicians, clowns, and more than a few surprises.
Modern musical stars like Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Tom Jones have been known to take to the streets in disguise, but mostly because of their fascination with the whole process. However, a few famous artists either began their careers as street performers, or at least practiced the art in the early days; among them Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart, and French jazz violin legend Stéphane Grappelli.