The Seattle City Council is marking a cultural anniversary Monday: 40 years of legal busking in the city. Seattle musician Jim Page was behind the ordinance that legalized street performing back in 1974.
Page said he was playing guitar and singing one day in front of Oliver’s Meats, near Pike Place Market.
“I’m just singing along, and a motorcycle police officer pulled over,” Page said. “And he shouted at me over his motor and said, ‘Do you have a permit?’ I said no. He said, ‘Next time I see you,, I’ll give you a ticket.’”
Page said he offered to get a license, but was told he couldn’t do that, since he was not blind.