The Remarkable Women of the Chelsea Hotel is a collection of interconnected biographies that reclaims forgotten female history. Featuring sixteen trailblazing residents of the world’s most infamous hotel, this book reframes historical narratives to highlight the cultural impact of women in the arts in America throughout the 20th century and beyond.
From its opening in 1884 the Chelsea Hotel has been home to many of the world’s greatest artists, pioneers, musicians, celebrities, and misfits. However, historians have almost entirely written the women of the hotel out of history in favor of famous men. The Remarkable Women of the Chelsea Hotel aims to preserve a more equal, inclusive and accurate history of not only the legendary hotel, but also the history of feminism in America and the significant impact of women in the arts.
In addition to featuring revelations and insights into the lives, struggles, and contributions of modern icons, including Nico, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgwick, Nancy Spungen, and Patti Smith, the book also spotlights inspiring women who also deserve and need to be remembered.
As the last woman to ever live in the Chelsea Hotel’s pyramid penthouse apartment, author Amelia Kallman is uniquely qualified to write this book. Bringing extensive research, firsthand sources, humor, entertainment, and a high level of respect to the material, The Remarkable Women of the Chelsea Hotel will be Amelia’s third book.
After fifteen years of closure, the Chelsea Hotel has finally reopened. Dusty hotel histories focused almost exclusively on straight white men are no longer acceptable. In a country where abortion, the morning after pill, and LGBTQ+ and trans rights continue to be politicized and weaponized, people need role models now more than ever. It is time for the story of The Remarkable Women of the Chelsea Hotel to be told.