Saloon Society: Diary of a Year Beyond Aspirin. Text by Bill Manville. Photos by David Attie. Design by Alexey Brodovitch. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1960. 125 pp. Octavo (small size). First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Black-and-white reproductions. |
"The members of Saloon Society live in a world where there's no tomorrow, where the jugs of bourbon pour like sunshine, where the cigarette smoke is thick as dreams, where one rockets through the heightened moments of life." Saloon Society by Bill Manville is a collection of some the writier's tales of the bar scene in Greenwich Village from his column in The Village Voice.
La Dolce Vita in NYC--post-Beat, pre-60s, pre-Dylan, pre-Beatles--it's an odd juncture in the social life of the city, with the pre-war eminence-gris still making his hand felt in this book's lively design.
Will appeal to fans of Sam Haskins and Wingaite Paine.
Fine in Near Fine dust jacket; a few small areas of abrasion to jacket; edge wear and a few tiny chips.