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Twentieth-Century Boy by Duncan Hannah

Twentieth-Century Boy

Twentieth-Century Boy by Duncan Hannah
Mar 13, 2018 | 480 Pages
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“Artist Duncan Hannah came to New York at 17, ambitious, angelic, straight and–according to his hugely entertaining diary–priapic.  Despite being stoned or hungover more often than not, he found time to grow as an artist and record his adventures in absorbing detail, including memorable encounters with Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Ned Rorem.”
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
“Duncan Hannah’s extraordinary good looks, talent, determination, and, at least during the 70s, his absolute willingness to test the human body’s capacities for alcohol, drugs, and (especially) sex, along with his wonderful taste in fiction, music, and French films, his astonishing unstoppability, not to mention his indifference to conventional norms, make us exceedingly fortunate that he wrote almost everything down as it was happening. The other great joy of 20th CENTURY BOY, apart from the splendor of all that excess, is the straight-line, crisp, beautiful nonchalance of his style. This is rooted in character, and you can’t fake it.”
Peter Straub, author of Ghost Story
“In early ’70s downtown NYC, Duncan Hannah was one of the wild boys, precocious and impossibly gorgeous. Besotted with lust and relentless intoxication David Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel” tolled for him. These diaries, hidden away for ages, are like the Dead Sea Scrolls of a mythological Lower Manhattan underground, where the New York Dolls glitter-rock brigade made way for the CBGB revolution of Patti Smith and Television. With gobs of Warholian gossip and passionate listings of all the most radical records, books and films of the day, Twentieth Century Boy immerses the reader in a history of beauty from the Nouvelle vague to meetings with David Hockney. As the writing progresses from rat-a-tat teen beat to more adult considerations, we glean Duncan’s romance and eventual providence: to be cool is not the point, being an artist in love with the universe is.”
Thurston Moore, co-founder of Sonic Youth
“A dandy, a flaneur, a rock ‘n’ roll wastrel wandering Candide-like through the dangerous undercurrents of the 1970s: if Duncan Hannah didn’t exist, you’d have to invent him”
Jon Savage, author of England’s Dreaming and 1966
“When you come to New York City a wide-eyed artist only to discover you’re the cutest and most talented tyke in town, you meet lots of people—David Bowie, Andy Warhol and Lou Reed to name just a few—and interesting capers ensue. In Twentieth-Century Boy these adventures are recounted in prose that is eloquent and funny, written by a teen wise beyond his years. Duncan Hannah’s journals bring back the adolescence that most of us wish we had.”
Gillian McCain, co-author of Please Kill Me

“An intensely personal and engrossing portrait of a bygone era . . . An avid partier and drinker in the right place at the right time, the author met and/or befriended a variety of the celebrities of the day, many of whom would go on to become legends (Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, David Bowie). Hannah’s frequently poetic descriptions of his underground cohorts recalls Genet’s parade of subversive heroes, and the author’s enthusiasm for la vie boheme and general disdain for the square world at times reads like a cross between a glam-rock Kerouac and a stoned Holden Caulfield (in the best possible way). . . Devotees of the underground art and punk scenes of 1970s New York will devour Hannah’s journals, each page of which contains something fascinating or worthy of note–best enjoyed while listening to Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs,’ Television’s ‘Marquee Moon,’ and Patti Smith’s ‘Horses.'”
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