Item description for Landesmania! by P. Trevena...
An intimate portrait of a delayed career, an open marriage and a life led from the heart.
This is the true story of an American pioneer and Soho Gentleman Bohemian. Born in St Louis 84 years ago, he was a trend-setter for the Beat movement of the 40s and 50s, publisher and editor in New York of the provocative Neurotica magazine and writer of the only play to explore that time, The Nervous Set. Though he was ostensibly an antiques dealer by trade, he went on to become the founder and ringmaster of the Crystal Palace Bar in St Louis, where he inspired some of the best and most innovative cabaret in America.
Needing a boost of reinvention in his mid-forties, Jay brought himself and family to London to sample the Swinging Sixties, with only Peter Cook's telephone number to set him in the scene. Jay has lived here ever since.
He became an arts director for some of the new happening-clubs in the West End, like the Electric Garden, was an early macrobiotic supporter and publicist and, most significantly, a publisher for the authors overlooked by the mainstream. He was a talent-sniffer and innovator rather than consolidator, always one step ahead of the fashionistas before they could challenge his dancing feet to a square dance.
All the while he maintained a lifestyle unsullied by convention, both in his marriage to the songwriter Fran Landesman and in his pursuit of the pleasures of life. A man of many parts and parties, he resisted all attempts to make him grow up, as you will discover.
Half a century on from his formative forays into the Beat world, our Jewish Peter Pan still enjoys helping to keep the shallow heart of Soho beating and the heavenly bean-counters waiting.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.45" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2004
Publisher Tiger of the Stripe
ISBN 190479906X ISBN13 9781904799061
Availability 57 units. Availability accurate as of May 27, 2017 02:34.
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