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Stranded in the Jungle

Author Curt Weiss, reads from his new book STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE: JERRY NOLAN'S WILD RIDE - A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock . Taking place at Tres Gatos - TAPAS BAR - BOOKS - MUSIC. Book signing to follow.

Here is the story of an often overlooked, one-of-a-kind rock 'n' roll musician and the historic times he lived in. In spite of numerous opportunities for success, he became a tragedy. Jerry Nolan came out of New York in the 1970s as part of two of the most influential and infamous bands of the time, the proto-punk New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers. Jerry had what it took to be a star, but his battles with heroin continually stymied his career and ultimately ended his life. Despite this, he is remembered as a cross between a Martin Scorsese film character and jazz legend Gene Krupa: a stylish, urban, wisecracking, trendsetting raconteur, who was also a powerhouse drummer. Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock tells Jerry's story through extensive research and interviews with those closest to him: bandmates, friends, lovers, and family members, including new interviews with members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. It gives firsthand accounts of not only Jerry's life and struggles but the earliest history of punk rock in both New York and London, highlighting his notorious and incendiary musical partner, Johnny Thunders.

About the author: Using the stage name “Lewis King,” Curt Weiss drummed with members of the Modern Lovers, Violent Femmes, and B-52’s, and producers Richard Gottherer (Go-Go’s, Blondie), Mike Thorne (Soft Cell, ‘Till Tuesday) and Scott Litt (REM, Nirvana). Transitioning to the world of television, Curt joined award-winning Seattle PBS affiliate KCTS in 1992, working on documentaries including “The ACLU: A History,” and “Vaudeville” for American Masters. Curt was a Governor for the Pac-NW Chapter of the Recording Academy. He’s also written for Classic Drummer magazine as well as the liner notes for the 2013 Rockats’ release “Rockin’ Together.”

Earlier Event: November 6
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Later Event: November 13
Choby Latin Jazz Trio