An open source fundraiser for the ages

I have heard of telecoms doing fundraisers for music before, but have you ever heard of it going the other way?

Late Night with Kush, by Bruce Kushnick, album cover
Let me admit up-front that I am a big fan of Bruce Kushnick.

A market analyst by trade, his Teletruth has been giving the phone monopolists truth for nearly a decade -- they just think it's hell.

When an analyst is telling the industry what it wants to hear, or looking where it wants him to look, money comes easy. When he comes to be seen as an enemy -- as Kushnick is -- the industry's answer is to starve him out.

Thus Kushnick's New Networks Institute lives a hand-to-mouth existance. He's like Richard Stallman without the fame and glory.

But he does have something Mr. Stallman hasn't got. A piano. And the chops to make some good music on it.

So he's doing a fundraiser. Specifically he's planning a concert, next month, at a New York club called The Duplex. Paying customers get a copy of his album, "Late Night with Kush."  (That's the cover art at the top.)

I have heard of telecoms doing fundraisers for music before, but have you ever heard of it going the other way?