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and is immortalized in Lou Reed's hit WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.      Club 82 had been famous for it's scandalous drag shows oozing with a cheap, gaudy and fabulously gala homosexual atmosphere ... But come the early 70's the punks emerged from out of the guts of the city and found sanctuary in this que bizarro trashy underground hole in the wall ... The verry young David Johansen & some of the other New York Dolls were hanging outside trying 2 get in ... I wuz w/ Miss Lucy who used her clout at the door and got them in ... That's where I caught a glimpse of the Stilletto's on stage featuring Elda Stilletto, Rosie Ross & Debbie Harry ... Of course this was before the punk scene exploded worldwide with Blondie and The Ramones etc. etc. etc. ... Club 82 was crawling with celebrities ... I had already met David Bowie at a fancy Halston fashion party thrown by my dear friend, the designer Stephen Sprouse who was always throwing us fabulous Halston rejects ... Marquise and Roger Richman were there with photographer Trullee Fike ... Steven and Joey of Madison Avenue, Spats and Babyface, Cyrinda Foxe, Janet Planet and Sylvain Sylvain ... gobz of beautiez ... Bowie said "I never smoke shit" when host David Lee offered him a toke on a joint ... Ziggy Stardust's gums were blood red when he smirked ... I hated him for thinking he could just come to our town, NYC, and take over ... He was jealous or something equally egotistic and greedy ... He did all he could, and succeeded, in blackballing Jobriath, the band I was recording and touring with ... When suddenly Debbie Harry went on her glorious walk to fame as Blondie, the first thing that struck me was Elda.         I felt something familiar go off inside ... I'd been there many times ... I still find myself there ... struck down ... it's really something people never talk about ... they just step over it or kick it to the curb ... But I am sure it is something zillionz can relate to ... Right then and there Elda became a landmark ... A beacon of strength ... In my perception of the whole Manhattan music scene ... where very few get very lucky ... and most just live "The Life" ... But regardless ... either way ... "The Life" is a treasure in itself ... Anybody who lives any other way is just crazy !!! ... To me Elda represents the artist who lives "The Life" but never really makes it big ... which encompasses 99% of all of us artists ... We are all beautiful and possess this inner desire to change the whirled ... make it a happier and more beautiful life ... to move others ... wipe out ugliness and to inspire the sorry masses who helplessly fell into the ordinary boring everyday ho hum majority … Elda may not have been super successful ... She may not have lived by the ancient brainwashing written laws … but I praise her rebellion and completely understand where she was coming from ... I personally consider Elda the patron saint of those who laid their heart and soul on the line while looking rejection right in the face with a good laugh ... Saint Elda lives on!       It was huge ... It was underground ... It was the New York City Rock Music Scene ... What a freaky yet glamourous set ... Famous Rock Stars, Andy Warhol Superstars and super famous drag queens, drug dealers and legions of Space Cadets all glassy eyed and crazy ... Merging together with some rapturous common denominator ... that of being themselves, trying to be somebody, no holds barred, insanity overflowing, overboard bailouts, O.D.s, suicides, murders and the smell of the mob underneath it all ... Yeah ... I played and worked at Max's Kansas City and loved it ... who didn't ... Another even bigger and more famous hellhole packed with stinkin' stoned out punks ... Once I seen a pair of feet sticking out of a rolled up carpet out in the pitch black alley out back ... Bouncers were members of serious motorcycle gangs ... Like my muscle-bound buddy Clyde ... shiny bald head & skull rings on every finger ... won't get into it but you didn't cross them.  

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