The Chelsea Hotel is part of New York’s cultural fabric. It has been witness to murder, drug overdoses, suicide and scandal. In its rooms famous movies were conceived, hit songs written, and artworks created.
This blistering book, by JOE AMBROSE, is a snapshot based on the diaries and notes of Joe Ambrose, written during his stay at the hotel. In it he meets Warhol superstar Gerard Malanga, sinister drug smuggler the Duchess, Chelsea Hotel proprietor Stanley Bard, and beat generation founding father Herbert Huncke. He visits, in pursuit of sex or drugs or rock’n’roll, the Andy Warhol Foundation, Coney Island, Harem and the Lower East Side. He has chance encounters with New York Dolls, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Phil Lynott and Richard Hell.
This book also tells the real story of what happened to Sid & Nancy when their turbulent relationship imploded in the Chelsea Hotel.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Joe Ambrose works as a writer, filmmaker, and DJ. As a member of experimental hip hop group Islamic Diggers, he as performed live with Lydia Lunch, Anita Pallenberg, Richard Hell, and Howard Marks. He is the author of seven previous books including two novels – Too Much Too Soon and Serious Time – praised by The Guardian as being 'unputdownable'. His non-fiction includes Gimme Danger: The Iggy Pop Story, Moshpit Culture, and, with Frank Rynne, Hashishin. He co-produced with Rynne the 2CD 10% File Under Burroughs featuring tracks from William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, John Cale, Marianne Faithfull, and the Master Musicians of Joujouka. He is Literary Editor of outsideleft.com. A longtime activist on behalf of the Master Musicians of Joujouka, he co-directed the movies Destroy All Rational Thought and Joujouka.
Chelsea Hotel Manhattan
A Raw Eulogy To A New York Icon
Publication date: 24/03/2017
One hotel, its superstars, bohemians, junkies, losers, and outsiders.
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