Room Service. Carol Wallitt, John Wilcock, Phoebe Diftler, producer/photographs, art director.
Room Service

Room Service. Number Eight May 28 1982

New York: Room Service, 1982. Folio broadsheet printed in black-and-white on both sides (measures 11" x 17").

"I should very much like to live in a hotel. To be a permanent guest...I'm drawn to the image it conjures, not merely of luxury, but above all of raffishness" (artist Molly Parkin, quoted in the "Register" column). Eighth issue of the weekly newsletter by and for residents of New York’s historic Chelsea Hotel, a home for countless artists, musicians, poets, actors, poseurs and many others from the late 19th-century to the present day. Featuring art, gossip, news, black-and-white photos and more, the issue notably congratulates then little-known hotel resident Kevin [Bacon] on his 1982 Obie Award, presents art and writing by reclusive artist and hoarder Bettina Grossman, publishes a Spiderman cartoon and quiz by musician and artist Tsakwe Ibrahim, then a teen (son of jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim), and purveys fragmentary wisdom by Warhol superstar Viva: "More atrocities have been committed in the name of love than perhaps have been committed in the name of religion." A fascinating and endearing record of down-to-earth, neighborly artistic output from this New York institution, edited by John Wilcock, a co-founder of downtown alternative newspapers the Village Voice and the East Village Other. With circulation limited to 400 copies per issue, and not offered to the general public, copies of any issue are quite scarce. Light creasing and edgewear. Very good. Item #2235