Inside the Gramercy: The Grit and Glamour of New York's Rock & Roll Hotel

It all began with David Bowie. Candy-colored hair. A lightning bolt across his cream-painted face. A mysterious backstory that he was a "messenger from Mars." It was February 1973, and Bowie had come to New York to promote The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and his upcoming Aladdin Sane. Because his first American tour had been a money-losing operation, This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Inside the Gramercy: The Grit and Glamour of New York's Rock & Roll Hotel

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