Posts Tagged ‘Chelsea’

I have been lacking inspiration in the last few days but while flicking through the Google reader today and vaguely trying to redo my blogroll, I came across this article from the New York Times. Nothing very remarkable really, you know “strange bag lady turns out to be great artist” but it made me think about the Chelsea Hotel “a rest stop for rare individuals“.

Works by Bettina Grossman

“Owing to its long list of famous guests and residents, the hotel has an ornate history, both as a birth place of creative modern art and home of bad behavior. Bob Dylan composed songs while staying at the Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and intellectual exchange. It is also known as the place where the writer Dylan Thomas died of alcohol poisoning on in 1953, and where Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols may have stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death on October 12, 1978.

Visitors and residents of the Chelsea Hotel include Eugene O’Neil, Thomas Wolfe, and Arthur C. Clarke (who wrote 2001: A Space Oddyssey while in residence). Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead passed through the hotels doors in the 1960s.  Virgil Thompson, Larry Rivers, William Burroughs, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Patti Smith, Arthur Miller, Dylan Thomas, and many, many others stayed here too.

Makes me wonder what it is about the place and brings me back again (!) to the artists residences question. I guess in a place like the Chelsea it is the reputation that attracts and so it builds over time. Still if I went to New York it would be fun to stay there and check out “the ghosts”. From what little know of New York I assume it can’t be too far from the Chelsea Gallery area (beware – there be gallerinas).

And lastly, I think it was horribly indiscrete of Leonard Cohen to ever mention who he remembered well.

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