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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 …

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Labetalol in acute cocaine toxicity: is it safe?

March 1, 2017, 2:10 pm


Acute Toxicity from Topical Cocaine for Epistaxis: Treatment with Labetalol. Richards JR et al. J Emerg Med 2017 Mar;52:311-313.


There has long been a debate among toxicologists — still unresolved — as to whether it is safe to use a beta-blocker to treat cocaine-related hypertension and tachycardia. The (theoretical) concern is that since cocaine is both an α- and …

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Cocaine-associated cardiotoxicity: a systematic review yields no answers

April 6, 2016, 3:26 pm

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Treatment of cocaine cardiovascular toxicity: a systematic review. Richards JR et al. Clin Toxicol 2016 Feb 26 [Epub ahead of print]


This paper is the most frustrating thing I’ve read since I force marched my way through the “Oxen of the Sun” chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. I must say that, despite its difficulties, …

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The first 100 “Tox Tunes”

August 30, 2015, 9:15 pm

On January 3, 2010, TPR launched “Tox Tunes,” a series of clips of songs about drug, toxins, and poisons starting with Keith Richards’ version of Reverent Gary Davis’s “Cocaine Blues.” Last week, we featured our one-hundredth tune, Amy Winehouse’s classic — and tragically ironic — song “Rehab.” To celebrate the 100-tunes milestone, we are listing all …

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Tox Tunes #100: Rehab (Amy Winehouse)

August 23, 2015, 11:03 pm

TPR started the series “”Tox Tunes” on January 3, 2010 with Keith Richards’ cover of Reverend Gary Davis classic “Cocaine Blues.” Our stated goal was to highlight selections “culled from the long tradition of popular songs about drugs, toxins, and poisoning.”

Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” — sometimes called the most ironic song in history — is our one-hundredth selection. Of course, …

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Tox Tunes #95: Dead Flowers (Townes Van Zandt)

May 31, 2015, 11:09 pm

The Rolling Stones’ original version of “Dead Flowers” was on their 1971 Sticky Fingers album, along with a number of other songs definitely or possibly about drugs, including “Brown Sugar,” “Moonlight Mile,” and “Sister Morphine.”

The song was written in the late 1960s, when Keith Richards was hanging out with the country-rock musician Gram Parsons. Although fans …

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Tox Tunes #94: Cocaine Blues (David Bromberg)

March 22, 2015, 9:12 pm

Along comes Sally with her nose all tore
The doctor says she can’t sniff no more
He says that cocaine’s for horses, it’s not for men
He says it’s gonna kill me but he don’t say when

During the American folk music revival that started in the 1930s and continued into the 1960s and 70s, many musicians rediscovered the rich …

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Tox Tunes #87: Cocaine Blues (Bob Dylan 1961)

August 31, 2014, 5:43 pm


This version of “Cocaine Blues” by a very young Bob Dylan was recorded in 1961, possibly shortly before he left Minnesota for New York City. It’s hard to believe that was over half a century ago.


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Tox Tunes #76: Cocaine Blues (Dave Van Ronk)

December 30, 2013, 3:21 am

A snippet of “Cocaine Blues” shows up in  Inside Llewyn Davis, a film based partly on Dave Van Ronk’s book The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir. Van Ronk’s memoir is a fiercely intelligent and level-headed reminiscence of the music scene in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 60s — what Van Ronk called the “Great American Folk …

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