Monday, Sep 27, 2021 8:00 PM
A Cappella Books on Zoom
A quintessential and candid depiction of 1980s New York and the downtown scene from pioneering artist, actor, musician, and composer John Lurie.
A Cappella Books proudly welcomes the author in honor of his captivating new memoir, “The History of Bones.” Lurie will appear in conversation with the host of our ongoing virtual music series, Atlanta Intown digital editor and journalist Chad Radford.
This event is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Register below to ensure your spot for this must-see book event.
Copies of “The History of Bones” are available for purchase from A Cappella Books via the link below.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
John Lurie is a musician, painter, actor, director, and producer. He co-founded The Lounge Lizards in 1979. In the decades since, he has released albums (including those by his alter ego Marvin Pontiac), acted in films, composed and performed music for television and film, exhibited his paintings throughout the world, and produced, directed, and starred in the "Fishing with John” television series. His most recent series, "Painting with John,” debuted on HBO in 2021.