"YAKA YAKA...That's the password to my cave..."
After recording two critically acclaimed albums for A&M and CBS Records in the late 1970s, Peter C. Johnson imploded. YAKA YAKA tells the story of where he might have gone, what he might have felt, and where he might have come to be.
Sparked by the shooting death of John Lennon in December of 1980, this saga of grief, fear,violence, and redemption is told from deep within a cave "somewhere south of Carlsbad". Stops are made along the way at the Dakota in New York City, a mansion in Beverly Hills, a mental hospital in New England, a hash house in Amsterdam, and a bird feeder in Cambridge. Cultural icons who died violently are mourned and their spirits invoked. Meet Looking Glass, Silky Princess, Funky K-Boys, Big Afro, Gonzo, and the ubiquitous birds - harbingers of every cosmic twitch.
Co-produced by legendary A&R man Howard Thompson (Adam & The Ants, the Slits, Bjork, the Psychedelic Furs,10,000 Maniacs, Burning Spear), YAKA YAKA speaks for the children of a generation once innocent and blissfully naive but now left cowering in the shadows of the great cyber cluster-fuck.
Where were you on December 8, 1980? Maybe this is your story too. YAKA YAKA
A Very Brief History
Over the course of his 40 years making music, Peter C. Johnson has recorded 6 albums for 5 different labels and has opened shows for an eclectic group of headliners including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Velvet Underground, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Howling Wolf, Bonnie Raitt, Townes Van Zandt, and the J. Geils Band.
It is no surprise that Johnson's work has remained on the outer fringes. One critic described his 2004 CD, SOUL SHERPA, as "an extended obscene phone call." Another said, "You'll want to shower after listening to this."
YAKA YAKA was created from a flood of spontaneously scribbled reflections and diatribes. Peter says, "To release a very dark "concept" record in the age of i-pods and single-song downloads is probably insane, but that's okay. I've made something that has meaning for me. I feel purged. I feel fixed."
For a complete biography: www.petercjohnson.com
Below are some recent photos of Peter C. Johnson. Use the links next to the photos to download larger versions. [NOTE: Print images are in CMYK and Web images are in RGB, unless otherwise noted.]