Music: Paganini of the Harmonica

Once a Musicians' Union man was asked if a harmonica was a musical instrument. "Certainly not," he answered. "It's a toy." But what about Larry Adler? "Oh." said the union man, "he's a freak."

Today, Larry Adler is a paid-up member of the Los Angeles local, and widely recognized as a harmonica virtuoso. But he has had his political troubles, stemming from his famous libel suit against Hester McCullough, who tried to have him barred from a Greenwich, Conn, concert hall because she said he was associated with too many Red-front organizations. The case ended in a hung jury, but ever since...

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