The History of Bones: A Memoir

The History of Bones: A Memoir

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, 2021-read, dnf, adult-nf, 2021, Music, Nonfiction, Autobiography, New York, Biography, Biography Memoir

The quintessential depiction of 1980s New York and the downtown scene from the artist, actor, musician, and composer John Lurie

In the tornado that was downtown New York in the 1980s, John Lurie stood at the vortex. After founding the band The Lounge Lizards with his brother, Evan, in 1979, Lurie quickly became a centrifugal figure in the world of outsider artists, cutting-edge filmmakers, and cultural rebels. Now Lurie vibrantly brings to life the whole wash of 1980s New York as he developed his artistic soul over the course of the decade and came into orbit with all the prominent artists of that time and place, including Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Boris Policeband, and, especially, Jean-Michel Basquiat, the enigmatic prodigy who spent a year sleeping on the floor of Lurie's East Third Street apartment.

It may feel like Disney World now, but in The History of Bones, the East Village, through Lurie's clear-eyed reminiscence, comes to teeming, gritty life. The book is full of grime and frank humor--Lurie holds nothing back in this journey to one of the most significant moments in our cultural history, one whose reverberations are still strongly felt today.

History may repeat itself, but the way downtown New York happened in the 1980s will never happen again. Luckily, through this beautiful memoir, we all have a front-row seat.

Title:The History of Bones: A Memoir
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780399592973
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    The History of Bones: A Memoir Reviews

  • Jennifer

    I received this as a e-galley from NetGalley.John Lurie is one of those New York downtown figures (of the 1980s onward) who was always mentioned in other books about the time period but I had never ma...

  • patty

    This could be my favorite quote from this brutally honest pageturner . . . “I feel like I have to hurry up and get this book published before Jim Jarmusch gets hold of it and puts it out as his own ...

  • Zoe

    "I don’t want to visit cheap". Amen. He doesn’t sell himself (or his story) out on what YOU think is important. I am also so very glad that he didn't cowtow to writing about what people want to he...

  • Chris Molnar

    Captures Lurie's gently prankish hipster sensibility, a man who has really lived the kind of bohemian life that, say, Steely Dan sings about, sex and drugs and jazz and iconic movies, someone who has ...

  • Maffew Coote

    John Lurie is the worlds most underrated artist. I will never forget this book....

  • Alexander

    great book...

  • Miguel

    There is some major navel gazing going on here and I honestly didn't know that Down By Law conferred so much 'stardom' on Lurie - sounds like he wish he hadn't taken that role and could have focused h...

  • Han

    I've never been so sad a book was over. I listened to the audiobook, which the author performs himself. Usually, when I listen to audiobooks, I speed them up. My brain reads at about 1.75 times the pa...

  • Dan

    My thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Random House for an advanced copy of this memoir.Artist, musician, composer, actor, model, bon vivant, and amateur fisherman John Lurie has w...

  • Jim Jones

    I’m generally not one for movie star memoirs, but John Lurie is much more than an actor. He is one of those 1980’s NY No Wave originals who tried their hands at everything—acting, music, art, an...