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Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel by [Tippins, Sherill]
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013: By the mid-nineteenth century, New York City was broke and divided, its coffers emptied by corrupt politicians and a vast chasm separating rich from the vast masses of the poor. Architect Philip Gengembre Hubert dreamed of reclaiming the city from the opportunists, reuniting its citizens within egalitarian communities of art and commerce, mingling all economic classes and vocations. And when his signature achievement, the Hotel Chelsea, opened in 1844, it immediately became a beacon for artists and inspiration, the spirits of creativity and collaboration literally blueprinted into its Victorian bricks and gables. With Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel, Sherill Tippins has written the definitive biography of the New York landmark. Tippins's Chelsea lives and breathes along with the mind-blowing roster of (often infamous) geniuses and eccentrics who haunt its chambers. Dylan Thomas died at the Chelsea, and Bob Dylan wrote Blonde on Blonde there. Warhol's Superstars dined in its halls, and Dee Dee Ramone detoxed in its junk-friendly confines. True to Hubert's vision, artists worked and trysted (and recombined) in wild pairings: Sam Shepard and Patti Smith; Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe; Jack Kerouac and Gore Vidal; Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin; Dylan and Edie Sedgwick; Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick; and, of course, Sid and Nancy. Inside the Dream Palace stands as a fitting monument to the hotel, its misfit denizens, and the art that it nurtured and inspired. --Jon Foro

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*Starred Review* Tippins continues her exploration of New York’s creative synergy, begun in February House (2005), in this astute, star-studded chronicle of Manhattan’s fabled Chelsea Hotel. Idealistic French architect Philip Hubert established the city’s first home club associations, or cooperatives, and designed the Chelsea Association Building on Twenty-Third Street specifically to attract artists, musicians, and writers. The “mammoth red-brick edifice” did just that from its 1884 opening to its 2005 closing for renovations. Tippins charts the ups and downs of the Chelsea in sync with the booms and busts of the city as the hotel’s rooms were subdivided, and its creative endeavors descended from poetry readings to porno films. Tippins tells riveting stories about such Chelsea residents as writers Edgar Lee Masters, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Sam Shepard, and Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey there. Jackson Pollock puked on the dining-room carpet. Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin met in an elevator. Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey filmed Chelsea Girls. Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe flowered. Zealous, big-picture researcher Tippins not only tells compelling tales, she also weaves them into a strikingly fresh, lucid, and socially anchored history of New York’s world-altering art movements. Though its future is uncertain, Tippins ensures that the Chelsea Hotel, dream palace and microcosm, will live on in our collective memory. --Donna Seaman

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  • File Size: 20569 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AUZS66A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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