Unforgotten New York (Prestel)

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I have to say I really am rather envious of David Brun-Lambert, John Short and David Tanguy.

As this intrepid trio have combined their writing/photographic/designer skills and spent the last two years investigating the buildings and apartments that became key components in New York City’s avant-garde culture between during the 1950s and up to the 1980s. The resulting book provides a handy reference guide to the heroes and heroines who frequented these auspicious hang-outs as well as updating us on just what is happening nowadays inside the buildings where Larry Levan once DJ-ed, John Lennon used to watch weird films, Blondie got drunk or William Burroughs played with knives. An amazing book on a number of levels just like the city that never sleeps itself and after reading this book you’ll swear there must have been something genuinely magical within the brickwork when you consider just how many incredible music and art scenes were born from out of those brilliant buildings. So if you want to know what happened to the Mudd Club, CBGBs, Basquiat’s studio, Andy Warhol’s house, Keith Haring’s pop shop and the Yippie’s headquarters, you know where to look.

PS Paradise Garage is now an actual garage. It isn’t really.

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