Snorting cocaine next to John Cage

January 10, 2018 by norman lebrecht


From a lovely obit for East Village writer-musician Rayya Elias, who has died of liver and pancreatic cancer at 57:

In the early ’80s, she moved to New York City, to a $245-a-month apartment on Mott Street, “to express my talent and sexuality without the watchful and judgmental eyes of my family and their community.” She found work as a hair stylist and art director and started doing drugs in earnest– she recalled snorting cocaine at the bar at Area, oblivious to the conversation that John Cage and Andy Warhol were having next to her….

Read on here.

Comments (2)

  1. buxtehude says:

    Overhearing — even subconsciously — the conversation of John Cage and Andy Warhol would drive me to drugs too.

  2. Sue says:

    The poor woman would have gone through hell with those cancers. My mother died the same way at the same age and it was absolutely horrific. Peace from suffering for Ms. Elias.

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