These 2 Men Are Impostors


Definitive & nicely packaged self-released overview of the historic works by these 2, known as the "Early masters of the street prank and put-on". "3 CDs + 1 DVD. The collection Coyle & Sharpe fans have been waiting for. Disc 1: The Best of '63. Recorded off a radio in Mal's Telegraph Hill apartment, New Year's Eve 1963. Disc 2: Coyle and Sharpe on the Loose Reissue. Originally produced by Henry Rollins and Jennifer Sharpe 1995. Disc 3: The Arrest Plus Odds 'n Ends. Recently discovered unedited, experimental recordings from 1962 plus Coyle and Sharpe Get Arrested. Perhaps for collectors only. Sound is sometimes marginal. Disc 4 DVD: The Impostors TV Pilot 1965 with host George Fenneman (Groucho Marx's sidekick on You Bet Your Life.) Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe met in a boarding house in San Francisco in 1959. Coyle was a benign con man who had talked his way into 119 jobs by the age of 25. Sharpe had just graduated college and had drifted out to the West Coast to check out the beatnik scene. The pair found they had a mutually sick sense of humor and decided to see if they could avoid real jobs and see if they could make a living pulling Pranks or 'Terrorizations,' as they then called them. Using one of the first miniature tape recorders, The Mohawk, which they hid in a briefcase, they roamed the streets of San Francisco capturing their bizarre encounters with unsuspecting citizens. After surviving for two years on peanut butter sandwiches, they released an LP on Warner Brothers Records and then were hired by KGO radio to do a nightly show. Most of the audio on this release was recorded during this period. In 1964 they went to Hollywood to hit the jackpot .They did a television pilot, The Impostors, which didn't sell. Perhaps 40 years ahead of their time, they were never hired again and their partnership ended. In 1967, Coyle left California to pursue a career in tunneling. He died in 1993 while burrowing under the city of Barcelona. Sharpe continued to work in media and ultimately moved back to San Francisco where he did hundreds of man-on-the-street interviews for radio and television. Despite their brief partnership, Coyle and Sharpe continued to flourish in the underground media thanks to the dedication of Mal's daughter Jennifer Sharpe who, along with Henry Rollins, produced a CD of their material in 1995. It is reissued in this package. In the year 2000, The Whitney Museum hosted a centennial exhibit, The American Century. Coyle and Sharpe were featured in the Soundworks Exhibit. This package, edited and compiled by Mal Sharpe, contains most of their best work including some long-lost tapes from their early ramblings through the neighborhoods of San Francisco. Were they ever arrested? Listen..."