This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995. James Lough.
This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995
This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995

This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995

Tucson, AZ: Schaffner Press, 2013. First Edition. Softcover. "For over a century, New York's Chelsea Hotel has been a haven for countless literary, artistic, and musical icons who caroused, created, and thrived there--Mark Twain, Dylan Thomas, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Virgil Thomson, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Sid Vicious, to name just a few. In a unique oral history format, 'THIS AIN'T NO HOLIDAY INN: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel, 1980-1985' tells the story of several young idealists who entered this vibrant world, eager to make their own mark as musicians, artists, songwriters, performers, or poets in the waning decades of the 20th Century." This historic lineage made clear, it's the second half of the above-quoted Back Cover Blurb that comes nearer to the substance of this here work. "Packed with illuminating anecdotes about Beat writers Gregory Corso and Herbert Huncke, musicians Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Thunders, the brilliant Jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, former Warhol ingenue Viva and many others, THIS AIN'T NO HOLIDAY INN takes the reader on a tour of the hotel from its art-bedecked lobby to its elegant penthouses. The reader is privy to an insider's view of the scene: con-artists, gangsters, drag queens, libertines, and revolutionaries, closely watched over by Stanley Bard, the hotel manager and nurturing force amidst the mayhem." If you know anything about the Beat-&-Beyond counterculture of the 1950s through the 1960s, you no doubt know of the Chelsea Hotel, the famed rebel denizens namechecked above and a host of anecdotes orbiting around it. One that comes to our mind is Jerry Garcia's personal subsidizing of Harry Smith's room at the Chelsea (which the jobless Smith could not pay for despite the then-existing NYC rent control on the apartment). Unless one is schooled in New York history or the NYC of Jean-Michel Basquiat, you likely won't know much about the Chelsea in this era, and this book is a great resource to that end. It is out-of-print and little-known, so if you fancy yourself a Chelsea-ite and revere the history locked within those walls, this is a no-brainer, a must-own. This particular copy is further distinguished by the fact that it is from the collection of Erin Black Matson, the artist & poet who along with her then-husband, the acclaimed poet-educator Clive Matson, was a member of the Beat Generation-morphing into the hippie counterculture in NYC during the 1960s. The Matsons were friends & protégé-collaborators in a circle that included Herbert Huncke, Bonnie Bremser et al. You can bet that Erin herself was among the angel-headed hipsters crowded around Huncke, the Urchin Sage, as he shared stories of the street. Friend of Third Mind Books and Huncke's literary executor, Jerome Poynton, is thanked in the acknowledgment pages. As such, one can credibly rely upon most if not all of the Huncke-related scholarship in the book, as Jerome is a man of integrity who does not permit falsities to be printed about Herbert without correcting the record. As the Back Cover Blurb suggests, though, this book goes beyond Huncke, providing a missing link in Chelsea Hotel-related scholarship. Trade softcover format, the first and only edition. Book in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges, virtually as issued. Very Fine. [Item #4714]

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