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Birth name Edward C. Askew
Born 1940 (age 82–83)
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, painter
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, harmonica, ukulele, tiple
Years active 1966–present
Labels ESP-Disk, Drag City, Sub Pop, De Stijl Records, Tin Angel Records, Okraïna Records
Edward C. Askew (born 1940 is an American painter and singer-songwriter who first recorded in 1968 and now lives in New York City.
Born Edward C. Askew in Stamford, Connecticut, he moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to study painting at Yale School of Art in 1963 and took up, more or less, permanent residence there until leaving for New York in 1987.
After graduating from art school in 1966, Askew was called up for the draft. Not feeling particularly enthusiastic about going to war at age 26, he looked for a teaching job and found work at a private prep school in Connecticut. It was while teaching he started making songs; he also acquired his Martin Tiple at this time. The singer-songwriter moved to New York for a few months in 1967 where he met Bernard Stollman of ESP-Disk, who offered him a contract. Between 1968 and 1986, Ed lived, mostly, in New Haven; doing occasional shows with his band, and later doing solo shows there. Around 1987, Ed moved to New York City, where he continues to write and record songs, and occasionally perform.
Pitchfork and many other high-profile music media praised his work, labeling him as a NY legend. He collaborated with Sharon Van Etten on his 2013 album For the World.