The Record Collection

Ed Askew: Imperfiction

Drag City DC457

Track list:

01 – Boy With A Hat
02 – Hitchhiking
03 – Deep Water
04 – At Home In The Factory
05 – Tom
06 – House Of Embers
07 – Art And Life
08 – Buddha Smiles
09 – This Is The End


Ed Askew – Vocals, Harpsichord, 10-string Martin Tiple

this is a collection of songs written, more or less, in the late 1970s and early 1980s in New Haven; mostly songs that had never been recorded before. it was all done in one session. with some retakes. i had only recently stopped performing and still knew everything by heart.
—Ed Askew  (May 21, 2010 ), Washington Heights, NYC

Ed Askew is a painter and singer-songwriter who lives in New York City. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he moved to New Haven to study painting at Yale Art School in 1963 and took up, more or less, permanent residence there until leaving for New York in 1987.

After graduating from art school in 1966, Askew was called up for the draft. Not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going to war at age 26 (the Navy tried to convince him that he should apply for officer training!), he looked for a teaching job and found work at a private prep school in Connecticut. It was while teaching he started making songs; he also acquired his Martin Tiple at this time. “I must have written 25 songs that semester; all of the material on Unicorn and possibly some stuff on Little Eyes.”

The singer-songwriter moved to New York for a few months n 1967 where he met Bernard Stolman of ESP Disk’, who offered him a contract. Between 1968 and 1986, Ed lived, mostly, in New Haven; doing occasional shows with his band, and later doing solo shows there.

Around 1987, Ed moved to New York City, where he continues to write and record songs, and occasionally perform.
— (July 2012)