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Chelsea Hotel Manhattan
Extreme living in New York’s Chelsea Hotel

Author: Joe Ambrose
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Format: Paperback
Size: 138mm x 216mm
Page Count: 192
ISBN-13: 9781900486606
Weight (g): 500
Genre: Music
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A RAW EULOGY TO A NEW YORK ICON

Extreme living in New York’s Chelsea Hotel, from the beats through punk and into the present. Outlaw culture, outlaw life, outlaw death.


The Chelsea Hotel is part of New York’s cultural fabric. It has been witness to murders, drug overdoses, suicides and scandal. In its rooms famous movies have been conceived, hit songs written, and works of art created.

This blistering book is a snapshot based on diaries and notes that Joe Ambrose wrote when he stayed at the hotel. In it he meets Warhol superstar Gerard Malanga, sinister drug smuggler the Duchess, Chelsea Hotel proprietor Stanley Bard, and beat generation founding father Herbert Huncke. He visits, in pursuit of sex or drugs or rock’n’roll, the Andy Warhol Foundation, Coney Island, Harlem, and the Lower East Side. He has chance encounters with New York Dolls. Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Phil Lynott, Clancy Brothers and Richard Hell.

And Chelsea Hotel Manhattan tells, for the first time, the real story of what happened to Sid and Nancy when their turbulent relationship imploded in one hotel room.

One hotel, its superstars, bohemians, junkies, losers and outsiders.

CHELSEA HOTEL MANHATTAN has short, punchy chapters with titles like:

  • TEN GREAT BOOKS TO READ DURING A SEASON OF
  • TAKING HEROIN
  • THE SUBWAY TALIBAN
  • JOHNNY THUNDERS’ APARTMENT
  • WHERE DYLAN WROTE BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
  • SURFIN’ IN HARLEM

Reaction to Joe's other work:

“High octane shit” Hot Press

“Joe Ambrose, word guerrilla, pulls his pin and hurls his grenade” Patrick McCabe, author The Butcher Boy

“Let me assure you, as someone who knows about these things, that if you took half the 'shits' and 'fucks' out of that book, you'd sell twice as many copies." Joe's mother, Mai Ambrose