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Description - Legends of the Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton

There's a current that courses through the old Chelsea Hotel, an electricity that drives people relentlessly to create. It's an energy that longtime resident and creator of "Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog" Ed Hamilton will tell you often drives inhabitants to madness. In a series of linked cyanide capsules, Legends of the Chelsea Hotel tells the odd, funny, and often tragic truth of the writers, artists, and musicians , the famous and the obscure alike , who have fallen prey to the Chelsea. Readers enter one of Dee Dee Ramone's flashbacks meet the ghost of author Thomas Wolfe learn of movie star Ethan Hawke's mystical powers over women see the ungodly acts allegedly being perpetrated in the basement club Serena's and feel the dark aura of Room 100, where punk rocker Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy. Other Chelsea residents past and present who will be included: Ryan Adams, club kid/murderer Michael Alig, Sarah Bernhardt, the Warhol Factory's Richard Bernstein, Victor Bockris, Charles Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, Lesbian activist Storme DeLarverie, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac, Madonna, Edgar Lee Masters, Arthur Miller, Edie Sedgwick, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas, and Rufus Wainwright.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781568583792
ISBN-10: 1568583796
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Pages: 358
Imprint: Nation Books
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Legends of the Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton

US Kirkus Review » A meandering history of a bohemian landmark.New York City's Chelsea Hotel has been a hipster hangout since it opened its doors more than 100 years ago. Twain, Sartre, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Mapplethorpe, Warhol, Dylan and Hendrix are among the dozens of major pop-culture figures who have made the Chelsea their temporary home. In 1995, journeyman author Hamilton took up residence and soon began keeping a diary of his stay, which led to his blog "Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog," which led to this debut book. In addition to describing what he considers to be the interesting aspects of living at the Chelsea, Hamilton introduces us to such fellow Chelsea-ites as the flamboyant Japanese graffiti artist Hiroya, faded actress Vicky and her son Keanu and a painter/con artist named Bradley. He also reacquaints us with such contemporary Chelsea celeb squatters as Sid Vicious, Dee Dee Ramone and Ethan Hawke, reporting on their connection with the hotel, then offering thumbnail sketches of their lives and careers. Poorly structured, long on chatty gossip and short on genuine insight, the book is yet another example of the increasing number of disappointing books based on blogs. While the author's escapades, musings and mundane day-to-day activities may work in a frequently updated online forum, they come off as flat and insignificant on the page. And the biographical sketches - which, for the most part, offer only slightly more information than Wikipedia - feel like so much filler.Hamilton proves that you can take the writer out of the blog, but you can't take the blog out of the writer. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Ed Hamilton

Ed Hamilton's fiction has appeared in Modern Drunkard, The River Walk Journal, SoMa Literary Review, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Ocean Review, Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature, Lumpen Times, and Best College Stories. Ed contributes the weekly Slice of Life" column to Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog" ( He has lived at the Chelsea Hotel for nearly 10 years.