During the day, Bruce Kushnick has been a telecom analyst for 30 years, working for what is now AT&T and Verizon, not to mention the Weather channel and American Express. 20 years ago, Kushnick founded New Networks Institute, a research firm to examine the business practices of his former phone company clients. 10 years ago, bruce and a gang of experts, analysts and lawyers and customers created Teletruth and has helped to get back millions for customers, acting as experts in successful, settled class action suits. Teletruth was a member of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee, worked with Small Business Administrations Office of Advocacy, and even helped to create proposed legislation "Broadband Bill of Rights".
Kushnick has published multiple books including Broadband Scandal, which has had over 1/2 million downloads and was featured on the Emmy-nominated Bill Moyers "The Net at Risk" PBS program.
Bruce is currently the telecom expert for Harvard Nieman Foundation for Journalism's Watchdog project and writes for Alternet. He has been featured in virtually every major US media, from the New York Times (front page, below the fold), the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal to Fox, ABC, and CNN news, or Broadband Reports and Communications Daily.
At night, Kush has been on a roll. Kush has written over 650 tunes and compositions since January 2010, many with Dr. Henry Karlin.
Starting at the age of 5, Kush heard songs in his head and in high school he formed a band, Tar & Feather, which played the Aladdin Hotel in the Catskills, as well as Mountaindale, the concert the year after Woodstock. Henry wrote some of the lyrics for their original tunes.
Kush's lust for musical knowledge took him to 14 institutions of higher learning, from Harvard and MIT, where he was a graduate student, or Brandeis, where he received a BA in music composition, not to mention attending Berklee College of Music, to attending the famous BMI Musical Theatre Workshop under Lehman Engel.
Kush played Carnegie Recital Hall in 1980 and was joined by Robert Koff, founding member of the Julliard String Quartet. He then became a recording artist for John Hammond's CBS-based Zoo York label, and with his band No Laughing played every club and dive in New York City, from Kenny's Castaways to the Bitter End. The band was even featured on MTV and Uncle Floyd.
After playing Carnegie Recital Hall (then named Weill) again in 1990, he stopped playing publicly for over 19 years, (except for drunken nights in Las Vegas). Kush's first live performance in 2009 was at the Duplex with his old friends, Jim Casola and Steve Sieck.
Since then he's released a piano CD, the live performance of the last concert and a Electric Kush sampler. Kush has written 2462 tunes to date, and KarlinKush is just warming up.