Publisher: Tatra Press (October 16, 2010)
Muggings on Avenue C, punk bands at CBGB, youthful romance in Greenwich Village, parties in a nascent SoHo, dropping out from the famous Music & Art High School. In this episodic, coming of age memoir, Josh Karlen chronicles growing up in New York’s Greenwich Village, East Village, and crime-ridden Alphabet City in the 70s and early 80s. Lost Lustre recaptures a downtown Manhattan at a pivotal time of the city’s history, when New York was suffering its gravest financial crisis and soaring crime, yet also was home for a spectacular resurgence of the arts. Karlen shares a fascinating personal history of the punk rock scene through a prism of The Lustres, a band that played venues such as CBGB a few years after its stage had held the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and the Ramones. In the title chapter, Karlen poignantly pays homage ot the band’s charismatic and talented lead singer, whose life in many ways seemed to mirror his times in both its shining creativity and nihilistically destructive force.
“A window into a darker, grittier version of the city…[Karlen’s] memories of living in the rough neighborhood known as Alphabet City are vibrant…”—Publishers Weekly
“Lost Lustre is a reverberant, strata-rich memoir, written with a relaxed and endearing fluency and modesty. I was engrossed.”–Edward Hoagland, author of NOTES FROM THE CENTURY BEFORE
Listen to basement tapes of The Lustres, circa 1980!
Running My Way
Take the Bus
For more information about Lost Lustre, check out the publisher’s website, TatraPress.com.
Josh Karlen, a native New Yorker, grew up on the Lower East Side and in Greenwich Village. A former journalist, he was a correspondent in the Baltics for United Press International, Radio Free Europe, and other news organizations.
Josh lives in New York City with his wife and two children and is a media relations specialist.
Josh Karlen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 1st: A Library of My Own
Wednesday, November 3rd: Wormbook
Tuesday, November 9th: Rundpinne
Wednesday, November 10th: The Five Borough Book Review
Monday, November 15th: Book, Line, and Sinker
Wednesday, November 17th: Novel Whore
Thursday, November 18th: Life in Review
Monday, November 23rd: ‘Til We Read Again
Wednesday, November 24th: So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Date TBD: Life in the Thumb
Date TBD: Books in the City