I read it then so it would make sense if it was written about then too. I really don’t have much to go on. All I can really remember is that
The author had what I thought was a weird name, had been in prison at some stage and was an ex-boyfriend of a singer, Janis Joplin probably.
It was set among ‘low lifes’ on the West Coast.
There was a character called ‘Rings and Things’, who’d becom a prostitute after waking up from a drinking binge covered head to foot in tatoos and deciding it was the only career open to her.
The main protagonist was a - darn now I’ve forgotten this word too - the guy who stands outside strip joints and tries to get folk to enter. Think he was a heroin addict too.
Any ideas ? (You were very impressive when I had a similarly vague query about a sci-fi short story a while back.)