10 Famous Artists Who Started Their Careers On The Streets


Genre-bending musician Beck first played on the streets before becoming another famous name in the music industry. He got his first guitar when he was 16 and started busking soon after. Beck said much of his music approach and songwriting was inspired largely by his busking experience.

Janis Joplin

Another legendary heroine in the blues industry, Janis Joplin is most well known for her gritty and strong vocals as well as her notorious struggles with drug addiction that made her one of the sixties’ most tragic figures.

The Texas native was discovered while traveling to California, while singing on the streets with groups of fellow musicians doing impromptu performances.