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Chelsea Hotel Extends Blondie Exhibit

You’ve got a few more days to check out the “Blondie 40th Anniversary” show at the Chelsea Hotel, curated by band members Deborah Harry and Chris Stein with help from art dealer Jeffrey Deitch. The collection of photographs, T-shirts and concert memorabilia was scheduled to come down this past Monday, September 29. But due to popular demand, the exhibit has been extended through next Monday, October 6.

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The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman recently checked out the show at the Storefront Gallery on West 23rd Street. He says a large part of the attraction is the crowd and people-watching:

The [Chelsea Hotel] staff have heard “countless” stories from gallery visitors of drug-taking, drinking and sexual relations back in the day “that don’t sound credible.” One lady claimed she had a “magical connection” to Harry after a video of Blondie played in a Swiss chalet she was staying in. Another lady pressed a gift into the staff member’s hands to pass on to Harry, saying she had promised to pass it on to her when they had a chat 14 years before.

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Velvet Underground Fans Give Thanks for New Live Track

The song, “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore”, was recorded live at New York City’s The Gymnasium on April 30, 1967, when Lou Reed was just 25. Although a recording of the live show surfaced in bootleg form a few years ago, next month’s release by Universal Music of the box set White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition will mark the first time the composition has seen the official light of day.

For its coverage this week, Dangerous Minds excerpts a remembrance of The Gymnasium, a former Czechoslovakian health and social club, from Blondie member Chris Stein. As a teenager, Stein saw the Velvet Underground live there.

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