The Mudd Club [EPUB]

The Mudd Club [EPUB]
The Mudd Club by Richard Boch
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781627310512 | 95.0MB

"I was a Long Island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was "out there" versus "in here" and I was on the inside.

The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd regulars who gave the place its identity. Everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, and Robert Rauschenberg to Johnny Rotten, The Hell's Angels, and John Belushi: passing through, passing out, and some, passing on. Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger— just a few of the names that stepped on stage. No Wave and Post- Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades.

This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed wicked downtown club attained the status of midtown and uptown. There was nothing else like it— I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me. I thought I could handle it, and for a while, I did. "—Richard Boch

Clarkson: Look Who's Back: The Unauthorised Biography [EPUB]

Clarkson: Look Who's Back: The Unauthorised Biography [EPUB]
Clarkson: Look Who's Back: The Unauthorised Biography by Gwen Russell
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781786062246 | 1.04MB

There was a national outcry in 2015 when the BBC announced that they were parting ways with Jeremy Clarkson. However, one thing was clear: he was never going to be away from our screens for long . . .

During his time on Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson established himself not only as a motoring aficionado but also an unlikely political commentator with a knack for telling us how it is (and putting his foot in it). However, his "gaffes" only made the nation love him more. While the BBC tried to revive Top Gear after the departure of Clarkson, May, and Hammond with an all-star line-up including Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, something just wasn’t right. They soon learned to their cost that there’s no one quite like Clarkson. From scandals over "feckless Mexicans" and infamous punch-ups to his escapades on The Grand Tour, this is the true story of his extraordinary life and career.

This entertaining and fully up-to-date biography charts Clarkson’s rise and fall (and rise again), along with the uncensored views and hilarious anecdotes that have made him a national treasure.

Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White [EPUB]

Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White [EPUB]
Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White by Brent Staples
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780679421542 | 1.93MB

Parallel Time is an evocative memoir that poses universal questions: Where does the family end and the self begin? What do we owe our families, and what do we owe our dreams for ourselves? What part of the past is a gift and what part a shackle? For Brent Staples there is the added dimension of race: moving from a black world into one largely defined by whites.

The oldest son among nine children, Brent grew up in a small industrial town near Philadelphia. First a scholarship to a local college and then one for graduate study at the University of Chicago pulled him out of the close family circle. While he was away, the industries that supported the town failed, and drug dealing rushed in to fill the economic void.

News of arrests and premature deaths among Brent's childhood friends underscored the precariousness of his perch in a world of mostly white achievers. A younger brother became a cocaine dealer and was murdered by one of his "clients." His death propelled Brent into a reconsideration of his childhood and coming-of-age that offers vivid portraits of family and place, of values that supported and pressures that tore apart, of the appeal and pain of entering a predominantly white world, and of the strengths and vulnerabilities of the black world he grew away from.

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