This Ain’t No Holiday Inn

Down and Out of the Chelsea Hotel

A very unique insight of an era that defined so many movements to come. Even today we are still trying to measure the great impact of all that was done and thought during this savage era who would put in the Glamour anyone who had balls….

1981 BBC documentary on the Chelsea Hotel and its legendary inhabitants. This is good stuff. Includes footage of Quentin Crisp, Nico (backed up on guitar by my old friend Joe Bidewell), Warhol, Burroughs, Viva, Jobriath (2 years before he died of AIDS), Chelsea Hotel manager Stanley Bard and more.

 ”And then he was a she…”-Lou Reed

Chelsea Girls is a 1966 experimental underground film directed by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey. The film was Warhol’s first major commercial success after a long line of avant-garde art films (both feature length and short). It was shot at the Hotel Chelsea and other locations in New York City, and follows the lives of several of the young women who live there, and stars many of Warhol’s superstars. It is presented in a split screen, accompanied by alternating soundtracks attached to each scene and an alternation between black-and-white and color photography. The original cut runs at just over three hours long.

The title, Chelsea Girls, is a reference to the location in which the film takes place. It was the inspiration for star Nico’s 1967 debut album, Chelsea Girl. The album featured a ballad-like track titled “Chelsea Girls”, written about the hotel and its inhabitants who appear in the film. The girl in the poster is Clare Shenstone, at the age of 16, an aspiring artist who would later be influenced by Francis Bacon. Notably missing is a sequence Warhol shot with his most popular superstar Edie Sedgwick which, according to Morrissey, Warhol excised from the final film at the insistence of Sedgwick herself, who claimed she was under contract to Bob Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, at the time the film was made. Sedgwick’s footage has been used in another Warhol film “Afternoon.”

Chelsea Girls' Poster

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5 thoughts on “This Ain’t No Holiday Inn”

    1. I know about Candy Darling being on Netflix cuz that where I watched it!”!! Hahaha!! You are verey welcome!! It is indeeed a wonderfull book to read!! I had forgotten it in the list I gave you. Mistake fixed!! Have a wonderfull Happy Merry (Prankster) of a New Year!! PS:Right Now I’m reading Lou Reed Elecric Dandy. Did you know He had 29 Electric Shock given to him in his brain back when they used to use it as an psychiatric treatment against homosexuality. He was years without being able to read a book..Always reading the page all over again cuz he had already totally forgotten what he just red and getting lost in his own neighboerhood.Poor Guy. This musta been awfull!!

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    2. And I forgot if I told you Happy New Year but I hope you fucking do!!! Health and abondance in everything you need and the same to your family!! Peace Out!

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