The Hotel Chelsea: A Cultural History

Although it’s been embattled and its legacy tarnished in the past few years, Manhattan’s Hotel Chelsea remains a spiritual landmark for those who remember (or simply romanticize) the old, weird New York. So it’s jarring news to learn that the Chelsea is now up for sale. Its owners claim that the place’s legacy will be preserved, and we sure hope they mean it.

To understand exactly what’s at stake here, we’ve put together a timeline of cultural events that took place at or were inspired by the Hotel Chelsea in the past 60 years. Of course, since its relationship to the art, music, and literary world is too enormous to measure, we’ve had to leave a lot out. Add your favorite Hotel Chelsea moments in the comments. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Dean & Britta

Double-disc set 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests collects the tracks that Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips wrote and performed live to accompany the Pop art icon’s legendary films.

Dean & Britta were originally commissioned to soundtrack the silent films by the Andy Warhol Museum, which allowed them to select their 13 favorites from the vast Screen Tests archive. Their final selections included clips of Factory regulars Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, and Nico, with the resulting music ranging from new compositions to a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Not a Young Man Anymore.” … Read More

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69 Things You Didn’t Know About Bob Dylan

On this day in 1941 at 9:05 p.m., little Bobby Zimmerman — a.k.a. His Dylanness — was born. Earn your degree in Dylanology with our primer on unexpected Bobster trivia, featuring one fact for each of his 69 years, after the jump. Don’t think twice! … Read More

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