The Chelsea Hotel.
New York City's grand old architectural gem has lived a wild life. The bohemian enclave has housed some of the world's most creative geniuses throughout the years. Visionaries such as Thomas Wolfe, Arthur Miller, Jackson Pollack, Dennis Hopper, Janis Joplin and Dee Dee Ramone have all passed through the once magnificent lobby and roamed its hallowed halls. Mix in Rock N' Roll royalty like Alice Cooper, The Rolling Stones and Sid Vicious and you've got a legendary address of magical proportions.
If the walls could only talk.
Now, its almost as if they have...
Author Sherill Tippins brings us a most definitive account in her new book:
INSIDE the DREAM PALACE
The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel
Detailing the history of the Chelsea from its ground-breaking eighty unit apartment "phalanx" beginnings to its perilous future of today, Tippins weaves a sordid tale of sex, drugs and counterculture madness behind the red brick walls. The artists that lived here brought hopes and dreams to New York City with mostly spectacular results. But in a classic tale of Good vs. Evil, life often succumbed to the pressures of the times inside the Chelsea. Death came typically in dramatic fashion with stories of drug overdoses, fires and bizarre suicides.
And then, of course, there is the mysterious death of Sid Vicious' girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
By the time that Spungen was found stabbed to death in the Sex Pistols' bassist's first floor bathroom, "many New Yorkers were ready to see the Chelsea die" writes Tippins. "Nancy Spungen's murder was a catastrophic event for the Hotel Chelsea, as it seemed to validate every disturbing rumor anyone had ever heard about that ill-behaved residence at the heart of New York City."
Today, the hotel stands at a crossroads. With a new owner that seems keen to renovate the entire building by upgrading it and forcing the remaining residents out, a battle for the heart of the Hotel Chelsea is brewing.
With an uncertain future, one fact remains:
The Chelsea Hotel is truly a magical Rock N' Roll portal.
INSIDE the DREAM PALACE by Sherill Tippins is available NOW!
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