Born on this day, Allen Ginsberg was a highly influential American poet, writer, and activist. Leader of The Beats, he lived at the Chelsea Hotel during the 50’s along with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, and was good friends with Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Virgil Thomson, Shirley Clarke, and Arthur Miller.
While doing research for my book, I came across a fun Ginsberg anecdote:
Ginsberg attended a showing of Barbara Rubin’s film ‘Christmas on Earth’, (a title she changed from ‘Cocks and Cunts’ to broaden its commercial appeal). Called a ‘performance art film about genital worship’, the movie was made up of 2 separate black and white reels projected simultaneously, with one inside the other. Colour filters were manually placed over the projector lenses. The soundtrack was the radio which she tuned live, turning the dial, tuning in and out. Then masked performers engaged in sex acts in front of the screen.
Sat in the front row, Allen was utterly riveted by the shocking turpitude. As soon as it finished, Ginsberg, who usually preferred the company of men, asked Barbara to go out with him!
#allenginsberg #thebeats #poet #writer #activist #ginsberg #williamburroughs #jackkerouac #barbararubins #chelseahotel #hotelchelsea #christmasonearth #BobDylan #PattiSmith #VirgilThomson #ShirleyClarke #ArthurMiller
Marilyn Monroe would’ve been 95 today❣️💋 A lot of people know that Arthur Miller moved into the Chelsea Hotel after their split, but it’s only through an oral history that I learned the couple spent part of their honeymoon in the penthouse where I once lived. I always loved the idea that Marilyn & I shared a bed! 😉 Gone too soon, but never forgotten. Penthouse photo by @chelseahotelportraits aka Tony Notarberadino
#marilynmonroe #Happybirthday #RIP #ChelseaHotel #HotelChelsea #ArthurMiller #AftertheFall #icon #marilyn
Remembering Storme DeLarverie, who passed away 7 years ago today. This is how I remember her: A fierce, friendly, energetic person who didn’t take any shit.
An icon of the gay community, she’s believed to have thrown the first punch at Stonewall. (“It was a rebellion, it was an uprising, it was a civil rights disobedience - It wasn’t no damn riot.”)
A mixed race lesbian born in New Orleans, she once worked in the circus jumping horses before going on to host The Jewel Box Revue where she sang baritone as one of the era’s first drag kings.
She went on to police the streets for ugliness, bouncing at numerous lesbian bars, and legally carried a firearm. Stanley would send me to pick her up at the bar where she enjoyed a Jack and Coke. We named the venue of our speakeasy in her honour. She lit up relaying stories of her days on stage.
Forever grateful I had the privilege to know ‘the Rosa Parks of the gay community’ - what a legend!
Much loved and well missed.
#RIP #Storme #StormeDeLarverie #stormédelarverie #ChelseaHotel #HotelChelsea #stonewall #lgbt #lgbtq
Happy 80th Birthday to the one & only Bob Dylan!
In the ‘60s, he lived at the Chelsea Hotel where he wrote Blonde on Blonde in room 211. He had a brief affair with Edie Sedgwick before marrying his first wife, Sara Lownds, in a secret ceremony. When Edie found out, she was devastated.
Even though he despised Andy Warhol’s work, Edie urged him to do one of Andy’s infamous screen tests at the Factory. Warhol gave him an Elvis painting that day, which Dylan later traded for a sofa. He cited Warhol’s film Chelsea Girls as selling out the Chelsea Hotel, while Warhol blamed Blonde on Blonde.
The door to Dylan and Sara’s apartment later sold for $100,000.
#BobDylan #AndyWarhol #EdieSedgwick #Thefactory #ChelseaHotel #HotelChelsea #Elvis #birthday #popart #rivalry #TheLastChelseaGirl #ChelseaGirl #music #Dylan #Warhol #Edie #BlondeonBlonde #SaraLownds
The original punk, Sid Vicious would’ve been 64 yesterday. He’s been a legend for 43 years - more than twice the time he was alive.
In my research for my forthcoming book, I got to get to know him and Nancy as more than just caricatures. I’m fascinated by the humans behind the myths and have tried to tell those stories - the ones about the people we think we know, but we don’t.
He was just 21, Nancy 20.
#sidandnancy #ChelseaHotel #SidVicious #NancySpungen #TheLastChelseaGirl #author #HotelChelsea #Room100 #Lemmy #punk
As former penthouse resident @ #ChelseaHotel I share the true story behind the end of the hotel as we knew it in my forthcoming novel #TheLastChelseaGirl as well as why this renovation has been doomed from the start. #author #newbook #NYTimes #HotelChelsea
The legends of the notorious Chelsea Hotel are synonymous with a sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll lifestyle, as well as New York City at its creative peak. Throughout the 20th century many of the world’s most celebrated artists, writers and musicians called the hotel home before it closed under messy circumstances in 2007. It has yet to reopen.
The Last Chelsea Girl was born from the desire to go back in time and live amongst the idols, art and scandals, to capture the energy, vibrancy and spirit that made the Chelsea so unique and significant. Having had the privilege to live in the hotel’s penthouse pyramid apartment with the largest private rooftop garden in Manhattan for the hotel’s final three years, I wanted to combine lived experience with my fangirl fantasy and research, imagining what it would be like to be there with Sid and Nancy, Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. The Last Chelsea Girl tells that story.
The Last Chelsea Girl is a contemporary fiction novel about a young woman whose past follows her into a notorious celebrity hotel.
Jules Thomas arrives at the legendary Chelsea Hotel with a throbbing black eye in desperate need of a fresh start. Soon she is making friends with famous Chelsea Girls from throughout the hotel’s history, including Janis Joplin, Nancy Spungen, and Patti Smith. Navigating a world of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, they help Jules face her past and find her voice. But when her abusive ex-boyfriend’s property development company threatens to take over the hotel and break its legacy, Jules must fight to save her home, community, and everything she loves before it’s too late.
This book is a celebration of female friendships, misfits, community, and hope.