posted by Steven Millerfrom United Stateson March 08, 2013 6:39
I interviewed Alan around 1976 and wrote it up for The Village Voice. At that time, he frequently played in the street near Astor Place in lower Manhattan. The reverberation pattern from the surrounding buildings wafted the music all through the square. He used an amplifier he had designed and built which was cylindrical, about 15 inches diameter and about the same in length. The barrel was packed with D batteries, making it very heavy. The cylindrical design allowed it to be rolled, guided by a long handle. It was sort of like the roller tool used to flatten lawns during planting.