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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081097276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972766
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 10.1 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The unique binding of this book required that each book be bound by hand. The hinge connecting the front cover of the book to the spine is unusual, and is the best way to accommodate the unusually thick front and back boards. It may seem more loose and detached than other books, but that is intentional. This package is somewhat fragile and should be handled with care. As a result of this handiwork, there may be variations in appearance, which we believe adds to its appeal.

About the Author

Eric Goode is the co-owner of several hotels and restaurants in New York, including the Bowery Hotel, Bowery Bar, the Maritime Hotel, and the Waverly Inn. He is also the founder of the Turtle Conservancy. He lives in New York. His sister, Jennifer Goode, lives in Brooklyn.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Landsberg on November 12, 2013
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During the early and mid 80s New York had a tremendous variety of nightlife. The great Mudd Club had run its course, as had Studio 54 and Xenon. The Roxy and Paradise Garage were going strong on the west side, and Danceteria was at its height. Limelight arrived, but its heyday didnt come until the rise of the club kids. The Palladium briefly made a good showing, with its grand 14th Street location and Michael Todd and Kenny Scharf rooms. But above them all reigned AREA.

Every night the crowds would line up at 157 Hudson St, near the Holland Tunnel exit ramps, for the chance to be chosen. The widest cross section of the city's artistic, cultural, and social worlds would come to listen to Johnny Dynell, Anita Sarko and the other djs, and hang out with Basquiat, Warhol, John Sex, Matt Dillon, Zette and the rest of the decade's most interesting characters. The club's theme and decor changed every 6 weeks. Living dioramas lined the entry hall. "Gnarly" had skateboarders and a half pipe set up in the main room. "Art" had Survival Research Labs robots battling each other each night.

This magnificent volume covers the club's life, from 1983-87. Impressive physically, the book is lavishly filled with photos. Invitations to the theme opening nights were always small works of art, and this book brings the same mindset to its design. The Goodes spent the time, effort, and expense to create this magnificent document.

To me, the photos of Dolph Lundgren and Grace Jones at AREA are as iconic of early-80s NYC as those of Bianca Jagger on the horse at 54 were of late-70s NY. Eric later opened the urbane club MK, but things just were't the same. The city and the social scene were starting to change. Nothing may ever come close to AREA 1984/85 again. Buy this book and find out what you missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Brawn on November 14, 2013
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This book is very striking and the name A R E A says it all. Most of us who went, definitely took the club for granted and nobody had cameras back then like they do now, so to see these photographs, brings me back to the 80s and it's unique nightlife. I was disappointed to not see more celebutante and club kid photographs doing their thing. James St. James was there every night and there's not one photo of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark T Collins on January 23, 2014
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A great scrapbook of what was going on then. I'm glad we went there as much as we did. It was the most fun time period ever.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Edwards on December 1, 2013
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This book will help jog your somewhat hazy memories of those late nights in NYC in the eighties. I was a little disappointed that the book covers in intimate detail every second Andy Warhol spent in the club but completely ignores so many other, less famous patrons. The celebrities were seldom the most interesting people in the room and were never the best dancers or the most fun.
The party in the scene shop upstairs was always better than in the lounge.
I'll never forget riding over on a bicycle wearing torn jeans and being admitted by Joe Breeze before my bike was locked, while people in limos waited in the cold.
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