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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Troy Book Makers; first edition (February 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614680345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614680345
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a great find that brought back a lot of memories of being into a bar scene. The protagonist (unnamed) is an interesting character that really brought the reader into the story line and drew vivid portraits of the motley personalities who make up a bar scene. It was fun to read and also just so enjoyably well written. --Goodreads.com

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

About the Author

Ethan H. Minsker is a writer, artist and independent filmmaker. Minsker has written screenplays and produced and directed eight independent films. He is the founder of the Antagonist Movement, Inc., a consortium of artists, writers and musicians based in New York's East Village. Mr. Minsker was also the creator and editor-in-chief of Psycho Moto Zine, which was in publication from 1988-present. Mr. Minsker received his B.F.A. in Film with honors from the School of Visual Arts and his masters in Media from the New School.

More About the Author

Ethan H. Minsker is a writer, artist and independent filmmaker. He worked as a bartender in Manhattan's East Village for over 20 years. Mr. Minsker has written screenplays and produced and directed eight independent films. He is the founder of the Antagonist Movement, Inc., a consortium of artists, writers and musicians based in New York's East Village. Mr. Minsker was also the creator and editor-in-chief of Psycho Moto Zine, which was in publication from 1988-2008. Mr. Minsker received his B.F.A. in Film with honors from the School of Visual Arts and his masters in Media from the New School. He lives in New York City with his wife, Un Lee, and their daughter.

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I read them out loud to other people.
Elvis Manson
If you want a book that tells it like was, the way NYC really,really was, this is the book to read.
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I appreciated the humor, the candor, and the colorful characters that wove through the storyline.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KBrzoznowski on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very honest (and awesome) portrayal of a time and place you'll love reading about. NYC's East Village is iconic for many reasons and this book manages to capture all of those-- but in a clever way that's not an essay, doesn't feel cliche or forced, and keeps you wanting to know what happens next.

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By milobay on November 5, 2011
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What can I say about this book that won't sound totally clichéd? It's true...I laughed...I cried. I've never been a bartender and I've never been to New York City but I've lived in several bars and I know these people. I know this life. This book took me on a journey through the life of a New York City bartender that honestly, I didn't want to end. I know it's fiction based on true life so I don't know which parts were which but I must say I appreciated the male perspective on some of the emotional issues addressed in the book. If you're looking for hope, you just might find it here in a dingy bar on the Lower East Side. Pull up a barstool and drink in Barstool Prophets. To Mr. Minsker I say, "Thank you for sharing your story, your life, your perspective. Thank you for sharing things that some of us need to hear, that some of us want to say but are afraid to. Antagonize away! Inspire the rest of us to do something more. Well done!"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marissa on November 2, 2011
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I didn't live in New York City during any part of the time this story takes place. But after reading it, I sure as hell feel like I did. I was transported to a time when people could smoke in bars (WHAT?!?), when it was dangerous to leave your car parked in the East Village (WHAT?!?), and when there was still an artistic community that could thrive in this city without having to sell their souls to pay high rents (WHAT WHAT??).

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By fffffffffffffffff on November 11, 2011
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Barstool Prophets starts out as a guide to good bar ettiquette--but doesn't stop there, quickly evolving into a confessional about the things that go on in a bar's back room, the inner workings of a bartender's mind whilst working (yes, he does think you're a jerk ripping the labels off bottles, tearing up napkins, and generally making a mess that he has to clean up). The games bartenders play to stave off boredom: finding connections and correlations about why a bar is full or empty on any given night, noticing odd behaviors in the patrons, be they individual (that man has breast-balloons under his shirt) or collective (everyone sitting at the bar is wearking a hat tonight: fedora, baseball cap, ski hat); basically, doing all the little tricks we all do to make our working hours more tolerable. This bartender kept the drudgery at bay by writing down all he witnessed: the sexual encounters, drugs, fistfights, friendships alternately solidified and damaged over beers and shots of whiskey. Entertaining and informative without being preachy, Barstool Prophets is also a narrative and tell-all of long rock 'n' roll bar nights in New York's Lower East Side during the 90's and early aughts, with a police lineup's worth of characters who, despite their tendencies to get sloppy or blackout drunk, end up being good friends, ambitious allies, and extended family to our protagonist. A good book for anyone who wants to learn about or remember the good old days of the Manhattan's seedy Lower East Side through the experiences of one of its longtime residents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By boogeyman930 on November 28, 2011
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This was a very amusing and touching read with a tremendous amount of heart, one that will stay with me for a long time. A guide through the tough and colorful streets of NYC's East Village, before New York got a makeover. It is also a story about the determination and sacrifice it takes to do what you love and follow your passion. In addition to being about New York City and it's bar scene, this book is also pretty much about how this book got made.

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.
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