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Ed Askew

I came to Ed Askew via the mix tape of an ex: the A – Z of her psychology in cd form with Ed beating out Eddie Money, Eric Burdon and Elton John in a nail-biter I’m sure. A poorly recorded voice, digitized and re-distributed 40 years after first capture, reached me with its strange and uplifting sounds in a Brooklyn apartment and left me wondering where this all-but-forgotten singer had ended up.

 A Yale educated painter, a buried psych folk legend, a draft dodger and teacher, Ed has remained in the cult spotlight throughout the 2000s thanks to a resurrection by Drag City in 2011 and a continued distribution of new material via his band camp page.

 Tracked down via a label contact, we joined Ed in a communal home that Diane Cluck had tracked down for our uses in Ditmas Park where she was readying the room to sing harmonies with Ed, now in his 70s, on some of the songs from his soon-to-be-released new record.