“I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel”

Cantava così Leonard Cohen, ricordando i pomeriggi passati con Janis Joplin nel Chelsea Hotel a New York. Vera e propria icona e riferimento degli anni ’60 e ’70, era frequentato e adorato da tutti gli artisti dell’epoca tra cui Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol che qua girò il film “Chelsea girl” che aveva come protagonista Edie Sedwick. Qui Sid Vicious uccise (forse) la sua fidanzata in preda all’eroina. Una piramide di creatività, di scambio, difficile da comprendere adesso e del quale si può solo intuirne il sapore. Sembra quasi, osservandone la facciata, che nasconda come può la storia dei grandi nomi che l’hanno adottata come “casa”. Affacciandosi sulla 23a strada, mostra il suo lato migliore e si rende presentabile alla every-day life della City. In realtà è rimasto tutto là dentro, conservato nella memoria di quelle mura. Una volta entrati, era impossibile andarsene.

Mi viene in mente “Hotel California”  degli Eagles :

” ’Relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave! ”

Used to sing Leonard Cohen, remembering the afternoons spent with Janis Joplin at Chelsea Hotel in NY. True icon and reference of ’60 and ’70, it was attended and adored by those days artists as Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol who shot here “Chelsea Girl” played by Edie Sedwick. Sid Vicious killed (maybe) here his girl, under the effect of heroine.  A pyramid of creativity,  hard to understand now and about which we can only guess the taste. It seems like, looking at the front face, it hides the story of all those big names that adopted it as “home”. Overlooking on the 23th street, the hotel shows his best side, and it’s presentable to the everyday life of the City. Actually everything remains inside, hold in the memory of the walls. Once you come inside, never go back.

I’m thinking about “Hotel California” by Eagles:

” ’Relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave! “

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