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Lost Lustre: A New York Memoir

Lost Lustre: A New York Memoir

by Joshua Karlen


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Muggings on Avenue C, punk bands at CBGB, parties in a nascent SoHo, dropping out from the famous Music & Art High School. In this episodic, coming-of-age memoir, Josh Karlen chronicles growing up in New York's Greenwich Village and crime-ridden Alphabet City in the 70s and early 80s. Lost Lustre recaptures a New York suffering its gravest financial crisis and soaring crime, yet staging a spectacular resurgence of the arts. Karlen shares a fascinating personal history of the punk rock scene through the prism of The Lustres, a band that played venues that launched the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and the Ramones. In the title chapter, Karlen poignantly pays homage to the band's charismatic and talented lead singer, whose life in many ways seemed to mirror his times in both its shining creativity and nihilistically destructive force. Lost Lustre is a reverberant, strata-rich memoir, written with a  relaxed and endearing fluency and modesty. I was engrossed. — Edward Hoagland, author of Notes from the Century Before

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ISBN-13: 9780981932118
Publisher: Tatra Press
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josh Karlen, a former journalist, grew up on the Lower East Side and in the Village. He lives with his wife and two children in Manhattan. He currently works in media relations.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 My Sixties 2

2 Farewell, Avenue C 20

3 The Forest in Grand Central Station 46

4 Crossing into Poland 60

5 Lost Lustre 78

6 The Hotel 17 Revisited 150

7 Bringing Up Baby 178

8 On Chasing After One's Hat 190

9 A Manhattan Barbarian on the Amazon 208

10 I and the Village 226

Sources 236

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