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Cbgb Was My High School: A Rose Comes of Age on the Razor's Edge

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Will dangers, dalliances, and delights ensnare a young innocent on a rocking-and-roiling, art-felt journey of self-discovery? Difficult 1970s high school days lead to New York city adventure with time spent growing up at fabled Manhattan hot spots CBGB and Max's Kansas City as a ladylike young beauty learns the ways of the world yet keeps her own quiet counsel in this comi ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published March 11th 2011 by Full Court Press
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GK Stritch
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The sins of my youth and mine ignorances remember not; according to Thy mercy.

Please allow me a few sentences on CBGB Was My High School. This is a literary coming-of-age memoir that begins in old industrial Perth Amboy and ventures forth to the great New York City of dreams across the Hudson, during the 1970s and early 1980s. It's an introspective story of confession and conversion intended for a baby-boomer audience. The book contains allusions to literature, film, art, and music, all types of
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Maretha Botha
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

CBGB Was My High School by G.K.Stritch
I just had to read your exciting story in one sitting and your memoir did not disappoint. You've lived such a full life. Imagining myself in a situation like yours - meeting Marc and putting up with all his imperfections as a young girl from New Jersey. Fortunately you had a friend like Jill who supported you so much. I have never been to New York, but I enjoyed the background information you provided about Manhattan and Brooklyn. I should imagine that anyo
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Gerry LaFemina
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
GK Strich's CBGB was my High School has a lot of strengths, particularly its lack of "I was there" attitude--she portrays her self as a self-aware naif among the burgeoning New York rock scene, which is a relief from so many "too cool" memoirs of the era. And she manages this voice with neither melodrama nor too much sentimentality. Unfortunately, the book loses its focus at times (it can't seem to decide whether its focus is on the naif among the rockers or whether it's a "hero pradigm" coming ...more
Kristen Fisher
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once a book can encase you in a moment of desired knowledge and devouring intent, being hooked is the least of your worries. CBGB Was My High School shows the adolescents of an era that can only be lived and experienced, no matter how many times we try and imagine what it must of been like. G K Stritch in a wonderful (and not so wonderful way) was raised by CBGB but even more so was raised by the streets of New York. In times when being a teenager and out late in the big city wasn't an ideal pro ...more
Lisa Scullard
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm absolutely loving this - how the author and her sister floated through New York nightlife of the 1970's and 80's, so integrated with the Bowery scene and all its 'faces' and yet still so untouched and innocent, with all the heartbreak where 'ordinary' boyfriends were concerned as well. A fantastic read. Highly recommended, especially to all fans of Candace Bushnell's original book, Sex And The City.
Evangeline Jennings
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Authentic, fascinating, and very well done. Recommended to fans of the era and also for girls of all ages.
Eagn1
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hipsters should take note of this book. This book is a great example of original hipsterism, before hipsterism was mainstream.
Robert Graham
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this. It's a Downtown story told with an Uptown voice. All the grit of that scene is relayed with sophistication and elegance. A very unique approach.
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GK Stritch is the author of CBGB WAS MY HIGH SCHOOL, a contributor to BEATDOM.com (a literary journal devoted to the Beats—please visit Author Archives), and freelance writer with a background in English literature and publishing. New manuscript complete, but no place to go: ESCAPE FROM RED BANK. (Ms. Stritch is an illustrator who enjoys drawing dogs and has completed a series of scrolls on the Gr ...more