“I remember you well at the Chelsea Hotel…”
We finally done it! We booked our flights to go to NYC this winter, and today I booked a room at the Chelsea Hotel. We’ll be staying with friends for most of the trip but I’m so enamoured with the history of the Chelsea that I had to spend one night there, and Erik and I have our 2-year anniversary on 1/1 so it provides the perfect excuse.
The Chelsea used to be an apartment co-op in the sixties and seventies where a lot of artists and writers lived, and virtually everyone that I follow from that era lived there. The first time I heard about the place was in the Dan Bern song “Chelsea Hotel” that, like a lot of Dan Bern’s stuff, I’ve always found really twisted and poignant. There’s also a Leonard Cohen song called “Chelsea Hotel” that is equally moving and more haunting.
Some of the amazing people with history at the Chelsea are:
Bob Dylan –
He mentions the Chelsea in the song “Sara,” where he sings “Staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel, writing Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for you.”
Edie Sedgwick –
she lived there after her big drug-induced downfall, and burned down her room at least once – this picture is after the fact.
and his “Superstars” (including Nico )
filmed Chelsea Girls there.
Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen (Sid & Nancy), of Sex Pistols fame –
The Chelsea is where they were living and where she died after he allegedly stabbed her to death. Hopefully our stay will be less eventful.
Jack Kerouac –
wrote On The Road there.
Other authors who lived and wrote there include Ginsberg, Mark Twain, Arthur Miller, and Bukowski. Maybe some of their brilliance can rub off on us in our sleep.
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