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Best Musician with a Cause 

Fossil Fool, The Bike Rapper

Based at Rock the Bike, a grassroots Berkeley manufacturer of all things pedal-powered, this man has created a world where bikes are cool, Escalades are lame, and pedal-powered rap is the hottest ticket in town. He is Fossil Fool: The Bike Rapper. As much an environmentalist and engineer as an artist, Fossil Fool plays impromptu street gigs where he sings about bikes, going places on bikes, and partying with bikes. The Fool rides a home-built pedal-powered chopper named the Choprical Fish whose rear hub is easily geared to an electric generator; the bike is lifted on a mount, audience members pedal, Fossil Fool raps, and the PA system sounds. In his tamer life at Rock the Bike, Fossil Fool is known as Paul Freedman, who has invented and innovated a wide range of bike-powered accessories, including bike-powered blenders, bike-powered sound systems, bike-powered lights, and super sturdy sport-utility bikes. Rock the Bike reveals all the practical possibilities of living in a world without combustion engines, where bikes are cool, cars suck, and music strengthens your quads.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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