"Alan Abel is devilishly clever, perhaps the greatest hoaxer of our times" NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
HOAXER, PERFORMANCE ARTIST, MEDIA SATIRIST, COMEDY WRITER, JAZZ DRUMMER, MUSIC COMPOSER
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Alan Abel and Jeanne Abel fell in love in the late 1950s, got married and pulled off pranks together for many decades. They were a creative team and considered early pioneers of "performance art."
NPR StoryCorps did a segment on the Abels about the true story behind their fake presidential candidate, Yetta Bronstein.
The Abels also made two films in the 1970s: Is There Sex After Death? and The Faking of the President
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After launching a phony crusade to clothe animals using the slogan "A nude horse is a rude horse," Alan Abel ended up on the front pages of newspapers across America. He became a legendary professional prankster, and the nightmare of reporters everywhere. In this touching and amusing documentary, Abel's daughter, Jenny, along with her husband, Jeff Hockett, attempts to seek the truth behind Alan's gleeful exploitation of the media's gullibility, ABEL RAISES CAIN - A Documentary About ALAN ABEL, Infamous Media Hoaxer.
ABEL RAISES CAIN
a documentary about ALAN & JEANNE ABEL by Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett
MUSIC by Alan Abel
Alan Abel the hoaxer was also an award-winning drummer and composer. He is often confused with another late Alan Abel, from Philadelphia, who did not compose any music, but was an innovator and highly respected among classical percussionists worldwide.
The music featured in the documentary, Abel Raises Cain, is music by Alan Abel (the hoaxer, drummer and composer).
Alan Abel (the hoaxer) began playing drums as a boy and won the title of "VFW snare champion" in 1946 and 1947. He founded the first Jazz Forum at Ohio State University. Throughout his career he performed with Glenn Miller, Sauter-Finegan, Sammy Kaye and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra.
Abel did solo performance and ensemble work. He released three LP recordings: Professor Paradiddle – Drums, Drollery and Drivel (1958), The Techniques of Percussion (1961) and The First Percussion Sextet (1962).
Alan Abel's drum solos and percussion ensemble pieces include: "2040's Sortie," "524 Main Street," "Tom Tom Foolery," "Two of a Kind," "Ashland High," "Holiday Special," "Allegre Muchacho," "London Bridge," "Peach Grove Drummer," "Serenade to a Sand Dune," "Hi Ho Simpson," "Drummer's Debate," "Zoom Golly Golly," "Cincinnati Ratamatati," "Mambo Drumbo," and "Jennifer's Jog."
Alan Abel composed and arranged many other orchestral works that are quirky, catchy and unique. Listen to Music by Alan Abel on SoundCloud compositions featured in the documentary, Abel Raises Cain, by Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett.