Rediscovering Junkie John, Tim Dawe and Penrod after 40 years
AUGUST 27, 2014
Dawe starts the story over a plucked string bass. Art Culture music Strange stuff I used to have an open reel tape of song I recorded off some New York FM station in 1970 or so. It’s long lost now. I didn’t know the artist or the title. It was was half talked, half sung, about a loser in Greenwich Village, “Junkie John,” coming down in a fleabag hotel. Very haunting, which is why I never forgot it. I didn’t know what it was called or who did it.