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The Bitter End : hanging out at America's nightclub
Colby, Paul, 1917-2014.
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Publication Information:
New York : Cooper Square Press, [2002]

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xviii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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ML429.C567 A3 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The tale of the famous Greenwich Village coffeehouse turned nightclub, The Bitter End is also the story of the club's manager and owner, Paul Colby. From the early 60s to the 90s, the Bitter End hosted a wide range of influential music and comedy acts that reflected the changing creative atmosphere of the Village, and the country beyond. Pete Seeger made frequent appearances and Peter, Paul, and Mary debuted at the club during the height of the folk music boom, around the same time that Woody Allen and Bill Cosby were headlining with their very different--but equally popular--stand-up acts. After the British Invasion made rock the pre-eminent music in the land, Colby booked electrified folk and rock performers such as Neil Young, Carly Simon, Kris Kristofferson, and many others. Throughout the years, Colby kept up such strong friendships with the artists that they often returned as patrons when they weren't performing--the most famous local regular being Bob Dylan. The stories Colby shares of his amazing years running the Bitter End provide an insider's personal perspective on several decades of American entertainment. Told with fondness and flair, The Bitter End acquaints the world with a man beloved by performers for years.

Author Notes

Paul Colby has managed The Bitter End since 1968, and has owned it since 1974. Martin Fitzpatrick is currently collaborating with Tommy James on the singer's autobiography. They both reside in Montclair, New Jersey.

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The Bitter End, the famous Greenwich Village coffeehouse turned nightclub, has hosted artists including Woody Allen, Neil Young, Carly Simon and Pete Seeger since the '60s. Paul Colby has managed the club since 1968 and, with coauthor Martin Fitzpatrick, he presents The Bitter End: Hanging Out at America's Nightclub. In the foreword, rocker Kris Kristofferson calls the Bitter End "something of a shrine." Colby and Fitzpatrick explain how the club earned that reputation, from its role as showcase of newly emerging folk music 40 years ago to its present status as a music landmark. Photos. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved