Legends of the Chelsea Hotel
Living with Artists and Outlaws in New York’s Rebel Mecca
Trade Paperback · 358 Pages
$17.99 U.S. · $21.00 CAN · £11.99 U.K. · €12.99 E.U.
Da Capo Press
There’s a current that courses through the old Chelsea Hotel, an electricity that drives people … More
About the Book
Theres a current that courses through the old Chelsea Hotel, an electricity that drives people relentlessly to create. Its an energy that longtime resident and creator of Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog Ed Hamilton will tell you often drives inhabitants to madness. In a series of linked cyanide capsules, Legends of the Chelsea Hotel tells the odd, funny, and often tragic truth of the writers, artists, and musicians — the famous and the obscure alike — who have fallen prey to the Chelsea. Readers enter one of Dee Dee Ramones flashbacks; meet the ghost of author Thomas Wolfe; learn of movie star Ethan Hawkes mystical powers over women; see the ungodly acts allegedly being perpetrated in the basement club Serenas; and feel the dark aura of Room 100, where punk rocker Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy. Other Chelsea residents past and present who will be included: Ryan Adams, club kidmurderer Michael Alig, Sarah Bernhardt, the Warhol Factorys Richard Bernstein, Victor Bockris, Charles Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, Lesbian activist Storme DeLarverie, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac, Madonna, Edgar Lee Masters, Arthur Miller, Edie Sedgwick, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas, and Rufus Wainwright.
About the Author
Kansas City’s Pitch Weekly blog, 21110
“I recommend picking up Ed Hamilton’s Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, which has many more stories of the famous landmark where Smith, Mapplethorpe, and many other renowned writers, musicians, and artists stayed.”
Part I: MOVADO
MOVADO: A hustler tries to sell a fake watch as he is moving into the hotel.
THE SWORDSMAN: Encountering a frightening Shakespearian.
THE WILLIE NELSON CHRISTMAS ALBUM: Harry Smith at the Chelsea
Part II: THE TR
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