Great article in The New York Times about Brigid Berlin - a force of the Factory and pop art movement, producer of ‘tit-prints’, pioneer of the selfie, and star of Warhol’s film “Chelsea Girls” - about her uniquely enduring friendship with Andy Warhol.
She used to sell Polaroids of Andy’s scars (from the 1968 attempted assassination) for $5 a piece in Union Square, periodically running across the street to the Factory to shoot more. (I’d love to own one of those!)
It was her 1970 recording of the Velvet Underground that was remastered into the band’s first live album, “Live at Max’s Kansas City.”
Her apartment on 28th Street is about to be sold and the contents auctioned.
#BrigidBerlin #BrigidPolk #AndyWarhol #Warhol #popart #VelvetUnderground #maxskansascity #ChelseaHotel #HotelChelsea #ChelseaGirls #TheLastChelseaGirl #ChelseaGirl #TheFactory #polaroid #selfie #NewYorkCity #Superstar #NYTimes #newyorktimes #thenewyorktimes
Born on this day, the man behind the myth - Mister Stanley Bard. Longtime manager of the Chelsea Hotel, and so much more.
When Stanley walked into a room, you could feel it. I was young and pretty intimidated by the legends of The Bard but unknowingly, I endeared myself to Stanley. I did a mitzvah, he said, caring for a young disabled girl in the hotel and throwing her a star-studded 13th birthday party while her mom was in the hospital.
One morning when I took her to get the school bus in front of the hotel, this big man got in my face, yelling, randomly accusing me of putting sugar in his gas tank - terrifying! Stanley physically intervened and shut that guy down, vouching for my honour, and making sure I was okay. It was surreal.
Before I moved to China, I gifted him one of my Miss Amelia Showgirl Action Figures, autographing it for him, as many artists before me had done. He thanked me politely. I think it meant more to me than it did to him, like a right of passage.
There are so many more Stanley stories… Norman has a bunch… I have a couple others, but wish I had more. Mostly I just have a very warm, happy feeling.
He would’ve been 87 today. What a legend! Gone but never forgotten.
#StanelyBard #ChelseaHotel #HotelChelsea #legend #NewYorkCity #landmark #punkrock #hotel #Chelsea #TheLastChelseaGirl
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