Legends of the Chelsea Hotel

Legends of the Chelsea Hotel

Living with Artists and Outlaws in New York's Rebel Mecca

By Ed Hamilton

Da Capo Press, Paperback, 9781568583792, 358pp.

Publication Date: November 2007


There’s a current that courses through the old Chelsea Hotel, an electricity that drives people relentlessly to create. It’s an energy that longtime resident and creator of “Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog” Ed Hamilton will tell you often drives inhabitants to madness. In a series of linked cyanide capsules, Legends of the Chelsea Hotel tells the odd, funny, and often tragic truth of the writers, artists, and musicians — the famous and the obscure alike — who have fallen prey to the Chelsea.

Readers enter one of Dee Dee Ramone’s flashbacks; meet the ghost of author Thomas Wolfe; learn of movie star Ethan Hawke’s mystical powers over women; see the ungodly acts allegedly being perpetrated in the basement club Serena’s; and feel the dark aura of Room 100, where punk rocker Sid Vicious killed his girlfriend Nancy.

Other Chelsea residents past and present who will be included: Ryan Adams, club kid/murderer Michael Alig, Sarah Bernhardt, the Warhol Factory’s Richard Bernstein, Victor Bockris, Charles Bukowski, Leonard Cohen, Lesbian activist Storme DeLarverie, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Janis Joplin, Jack Kerouac, Madonna, Edgar Lee Masters, Arthur Miller, Edie Sedgwick, Sam Shepard, Patti Smith, Dylan Thomas, and Rufus Wainwright.

About the Author

Ed Hamilton’s fiction has appeared in Modern Drunkard, The River Walk Journal, SoMa Literary Review, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Exquisite Corpse, Southern Ocean Review, Limestone: A Journal of Art and Literature, Lumpen Times, and Best College Stories. Ed contributes the weekly “Slice of Life” column to “Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog” (www.hotelchelseablog.com). He has lived at the Chelsea Hotel for nearly 10 years.

Praise For Legends of the Chelsea Hotel

Kansas City’s Pitch Weekly blog, 2/11/10
“I recommend picking up Ed Hamilton’s Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, which has many more stories of the famous landmark where Smith, Mapplethorpe, and many other renowned writers, musicians, and artists stayed.”