Who would have guessed that a comic book could inspire a psychedelic art happening in Austin, Texas?! On November 24, 2011 CultureMap: Austin reported on the unconventional sights and sounds of the Texas Longest Hammer Choir.
What? People making music by banging hammers together for two hours? Accompanied by a Rhodes Piano? Author Ramona Flume writes,
“One of [director Andy] Rihn’s main inspirations for the Texas Longest Hammer Choir is a Jim Franklin comic book from the early 70s, featuring psychedelic images mixed with Lone Star imagery and armadillos. And Rihn’s choir has the same aspects of authentic Texas culture and a surreal, artistic vision.”