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Barstool Prophets Paperback – February 4, 2011
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This is a must read punk rock memoir from thuggish mischief to introspection and loyalty. If you are curious about, live or have ever lived in NYC, this is a page turner and an awesome look back on the old NYC. --Goorreads.com
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The narrator is instantly likable as your trusty tour guide for the stories of a culture gone-by. He makes a great centerpiece (level headed yet hot tempered, opinionated yet compassionate) to the motley crew of characters that surround him and occupy the neighborhood. Having the backdrop of bar culture adds both lightness and depth.
Great read overall, whether you know about New York's East Village, know about bars, know about rock n roll/punk rock or know nothing about any of it.
I appreciated the humor, the candor, and the colorful characters that wove through the storyline. I connected with the people in terms of their struggles and their joys. And the author has a remarkable way of painting the world around these characters so you actually feel like your walking through this life with them. You can smell the rotting garbage in the streets, you can feel the frozen chill of the winters, and you can literally see the people that the author is seeing. I mean, with names like Lily the Lesbian, and the Fat Puerto Rican....how can you go wrong??
Read it. You'll feel so much cooler.
Follow the story's bartender (the East Village equivalent of a god) as he survives all that the city and life can throw at him. A guy who goes though new friends, lost friends, barroom hookups, love, bad tippers, street fights and near death experiences, men with boobs, 9/11, personal loss and sacrifices. A long journey driven by his passion for art, friends and his city.
Find out what bartenders go though and what they think of YOU.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not really sure how he managed it but Ethan uses the most straightforward, unsentimental style to write a book that teems with nostalgia for a time now lost and the deeply... Read morePublished 15 months ago by evee
Raw and real. Love that it's honest and yet still literary. It's not just an account of the bar scene at that time, and you don't have to have lived through it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marissa Levey
Fantastic chronicle of life working in the bars of the Lower East Side/East Village. The author completely captures the essence of what it was like to be in that neighbourhood... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Tara Cooper
I couldn't put the book down. This is the perfect book to read when you are homesick for NYC and a way of life (and neighborhoods) in NYC that is quickly fading. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by bowlru
I love reading about New York, I've never lived in the city but I'm fascinated about it. I took Barstool Prophets in hand and didn't stop reading till the end, it made me cry,... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Vera
Ethan Minsker's Barstool Prophets is an honest account of life and work in the Lower East Side mid-'90s-to-early-'00s bar scene. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Michael P Whalen
I grew up going to the city, around the same time this book was written and frequented the same music venues (CIH) and bars. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Vaz9762
I can personally relate to the author. From the bartending job and useless college degree to the dog I'm not allowed to have in my crappy apartment. Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by stephdee
What should i say about this book?
The story catches you.
I missed my trainstation twice while reading it!
It was worth it!