R. Stevie Moore
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|R. Stevie Moore|
|Birth name||Robert Steven Moore|
|Born||January 18, 1952|
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee / Essex County, New Jersey|
|Genre(s)||DIY, Rock, Jazz, Punk / new wave, Country, Classical, Experimental, R&B, tape manipulation|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, Musician, Conductor, Producer|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, vibraphone, synthavier, drums|
|Years active||1955 - present|
|Label(s)||Vital, HP Music, Flamingo, New Rose, Hamster, Cordelia, Megaphone, Fan Club, CDRSM, Fruit of the Tune, Jar Music, Evelyn Place Tapes, Old Gold, Innova, The Orgone Company, Heliotrope|
|Electric Bass Guitar|
Robert Steven Moore (born January 18, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The majority of his output was recorded on domestic-quality home-recording equipment (such as consumer reel-to-reel tape decks, 'boom boxes', hand-held cassette recorders and etc.), with Moore overdubbing sound-on-sound and/or multitracking all of the instruments and vocals himself. He has issued approximately 400 CD-R albums, most of which through the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club, his home-based, self-run label. A number of these are formal releases by independent record labels in the US and Europe. In February 2005, The New York Times described Moore as being a "lo-fi legend".
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, R. Stevie Moore is the son of celebrated session bass player Bob Moore, who features on recordings by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra and many other artists.
After dropping out of university, and choosing not to pursue a session career, Moore moved to New Jersey. Here, with financial assistance from his uncle, Harry Palmer, he reissued his home-recorded 1976 debut album Phonography (album). Pressed to vinyl in a limited release, this first reissue is now a rare collector's item.
In 1996 the Rolling Stone book "Alt-Rock-A-Rama" named "Phonography" as being among "the fifty most significant indie records". During the 1980s he performed a number of times on the Uncle Floyd TV show, a tongue-in-cheek, public-access style clown, puppet and variety show.
Throughout his career, Moore has attempted to create music in many styles, from pop to avant garde experimentation, and often within the same release (and sometimes within the same song, or phrase, or measure, or syncopation). This fact, among others, doubtless, has contributed to his "outsider" status and low commercial profile.
Most of his "formal" album releases have been compilations using songs selected from existing "Cassette Club" releases. A few of these have been curated by musicologist, author, fan and WFMU DJ, Irwin Chusid.
 External links
- R. Stevie Moore official
- 2006 interview
- RSM at All Music Guide
- RSMtv videos at YouTube
- RSM at WFMU NJ freeform radio
- Hobbies Galore (2005) - a greatest hits compilation from the Lost Frog netlabel
- R. Stevie Moore releases at the Comfort Stand netlabel
- Nevertheless Optimistic on the Innova label
- RSM at MySpace
- Disorganized Overactivity or Tabitha Soren Free album download from Forty-Seven Records