The next best thing to having a room key to the Chelsea Hotel during each of its famous - and infamous - decades The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building. Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed February House, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there, among them John Sloan, Edgar Lee Masters, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, Sid Vicious, and Dee Dee Ramone. Now as legendary as the artists it has housed and the countless creative collaborations it has sparked, the Chelsea has always stood as a mystery as well: Why and how did this hotel become the largest and longest-lived artists' community in the known world? Inside the Dream Palace is the intimate and definitive story.
Today the Chelsea stands poised in limbo between two futures: Will this symbol of New York's artistic invention be converted to a profit-driven business catering to the top one percent? Or will the Chelsea be given a rebirth through painstaking effort by the community that loves it? Set against these two competing possibilities, Inside the Dream Palace could not be more fascinating or timely.
©2013 Sherill Tippins (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"dope and hostess cupcakes"
This one took awhile for me to finish, but ultimately was a good listen. It's a LONG parade of residents, but never boring. Musicians, painters, writers, actors...all entertainingly human with their aspirations, ideas, foibles, and coping strategies. With this book, you get not just the details of the residents and their projects, but the history of the construction of the building, its owners, and their philosophies. Bonus: Carol Monda is the perfect narrator for this!
"Not worth it if you know this milieu"
no, I don't think so
While well-researched, there was very little that I hadn't heard via other sources-- very little first-hand accounts or primary sources. A lot of the Patti Smith era stuff was lifted from 'Just Kids'. Disappointing, and without a clear narrative line.
Someone cool! How about someone who could pronounce the names correctly?
too bad- great concept
Lived around the corner during 70's & 80's and found research brilliant.
A must read for NYC artists etc
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