Skinful

Fourteen years after Dave’s death, and not yet four months after we’d lost Prince, opioid abuse is still a problem. Here’s a piece from early last year.

Completely in the Dark

“I’ll tell you what I’ll do
(What will you do?)
I’d like to go there now with you…

(What will we do there?)
We’ll get high.”                          —The Small Faces, “Itchycoo Park”

Solemn drumbeats.

Then a scratchy electric guitar chord from a boom box—Mad Dog’s cassette tape player—echoes through the SOS Printing basement pressroom.SOSPrinting

September ’77, intones Peter Gabriel,Port Elizabeth, weather fine. It was business as usual in Police Room 619…”

“Mad Dog,” of course, is John Larson, head pressman at the print shop, squinting through smoke from a cigarette dangling from his lips, raising his ink knife in salute to the memory of Stephen Biko.

And me?

Just another day huddled over the light table, stripping negatives, burning and developing plates.

And suckin’ down beers after 4 p.m., sometime in the early ’80s.

Or, maybe the shop mood was mellow and the other…

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~ by completelyinthedark on August 12, 2016.

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