Tox Tunes #1: “Cocaine Blues” (Keith Richards)

January 3, 2010, 5:21 pm

With the noughties over and the tween decade upon us, TPR is proud to start a new tradition: weekend “Tox Tunes”.  Every Sunday we will post a clip featuring a song culled from the long tradition of popular songs about drugs, toxins, and poisoning.  Our first selection is Keith Richards’ take on Reverend Gary Davis‘ “Cocaine Blues”, a classic recorded by many other artists including Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, and Townes Van Zandt.

Addendum (1/5/10): The following is from Stephen Davis’s Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones: “The first song Keith learned to play in art school was Jack Elliott’s version of ‘Cocaine Blues’ (Keith didn’t know what cocaine was).  This is where Keith met Dick Taylor, who happened to be in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys with Mike (sic) Jagger.”

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