Moondog was not your usual type of artist and his music was virtually impossible to categorise. He himself cut a foreboding figure as he walked the streets of New York, being attired in a cloak and Viking helmet, being afforded the moniker The Viking of 6th Avenue. As far as many of the thousands who passed him on the street were concerned, Moondog was little more than a beggar or busker, picking up a few cents here and there with his improvised music. To others, seemingly in the know, he was much more than that, able to fund a recording session here and there and eventually pick up a recording contract with Prestige in 1956. He recorded a number of albums that have been much sought after since their release, and interest in Moondog is sure to increase with the release of a documentary film about his life and work sometime later this year.