There was a joke going around musician circles in the 1980s: What do you call a drummer who has broken up with his girlfriend? Homeless. Well, in a high-rent city like New York was then, that was no joke (and I'm guessing it's even more true now, and not just in New York). The title of Tama Janowitzs' bestseller The Slaves Of New York referred to couples who are forced to continue living together after breaking up because finding an affordable apartment for one of them is impossible. Less compassionate leaseholding partners let nature take its course; Austin John Marshall, the poet/musician/graphic designer who was the model for ''Horn", became homeless after breaking up with his girlfriend. He parlayed his predicament into a job editing the newspaper Street Roots.
Also dropping today, a Secret Stash of sketches showing the real-life models for many Welcome To The Zone characters. Membership has its privileges; all Secret Stash material is viewable by Patreon sponsors at the $4.99 level and above.
First installment: https://www.patreon.com/posts/16348139
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