Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss

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Erwin S. (Filthy Pierre) Strauss got into fandom and filking at MIT in the mid-1960s. He caused a stir there by publishing the MIT SF Society's collection of underground campus songs. He went on to be a fixture at East Coast cons, playing the piano at the group-style filksings that were traditional there (and which he still does at many cons). In the mid- 1970s, he started publishing a newsletter of SF convention listings, and shortly thereafter began a similar column for Asimov's SF Magazine. Around that time, when the existing "hymnals" for group filks went out of print, he first published the Microfilk, an encyclopedic compendium of all the filks he could get his hands on, in ridiculously tiny type. The first edition cost a quarter (fans of his generation had better eyes, and less money, then than now). This continued till the early 1980s, when other filk publishing began to boom, and people started getting persnickety about things like rights and permissions (it's still available as a free download). He continues to write occasional filks. Included in the Microfilk is his musical pastiche "Jophan!," based on the fannish classic "The Enchanted Duplicator," by Walt Willis and Bob Shaw. He can be recognized by his iridescent "Filthy Pierre" badge, and his mouth-powered organ.

Sessions in which Erwin S. "Filthy Pierre" Strauss participates

Thursday August 16, 2018

4:00 PM
4:00 PM