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Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s

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The never-before-told story of The Peppermint Lounge, the famed Manhattan nightspot and mobster hangout that launched an era

The Peppermint Lounge was intended to be nothing more than a front for gambling and other rackets but the club became a sensation after Dick “Cami” Camillucci began to feature a new kind of music, rock and roll. The mobsters running the place found themselves juggling rebellious youths alongside celebrities like Greta Garbo and Shirley MacLaine. When The Beatles visited the club, Cami's uncle-in-law had to restrain a hitman who was after Ringo because his girlfriend was so infatuated with the drummer.

Working with Dick Cami himself, Johnson and Selvin unveil this engrossing story of the go-go sixties and the club that inspired the classic hits "Twisting the Night Away" and "The Peppermint Twist."

Review:

"In the years just before a new dance called the Twist turned popular music around and created new audiences for rock and roll, Johnny Biello, famed mobster, bought a rundown club in midtown Manhattan as a front for his businesses, and put his son-in-law, Dick Cami, who had already devoted some of his career to the music business, in charge of booking acts for the club. When Cami suggested that they book rock and roll acts, Biello and his gang had some misgivings, but soon the new Peppermint Lounge was pulling in teenagers, socialites, mobsters, and celebrities, all drawn like a moth to the burning flames of rock and roll, and especially the Twist. Through lackluster storytelling and over-the-top pronouncements ('The seeds to everything that became the sixties can be seen in the coming of the Twist'), journalists Johnson and Selvin along with Cami attempt to recreate the few months in 1961 and 1962 when the Peppermint Lounge became the hottest night club in New York, opening a second club in Miami. The narrative totters unevenly between a long, dull dual biography of Biello and Cami before finally launching into a brisk and abbreviated chronicle of the club and its famous denizens, who ranged from Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Shelley Winters, and John Wayne to rhythm and blues moguls Berry Gordy and Ahmet Ertegun and rockers from the Beatles to Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes. Superficial and meandering, the book offers few compelling insights into the history of the Peppermint Lounge or its success." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

The never-before-told story of The Peppermint Lounge, the famed Manhattan nightspot and mobster hangout that launched an era

The Peppermint Lounge was intended to be nothing more than a front for gambling and other rackets but the club became a sensation after Dick “Cami” Camillucci began to feature a new kind of music, rock and roll. The mobsters running the place found themselves juggling rebellious youths alongside celebrities like Greta Garbo and Shirley MacLaine. When The Beatles visited the club, Cami's uncle-in-law had to restrain a hitman who was after Ringo because his girlfriend was so infatuated with the drummer.

Working with Dick Cami himself, Johnson and Selvin unveil this engrossing story of the go-go sixties and the club that inspired the classic hits "Twisting the Night Away" and "The Peppermint Twist."

About the Author

JOHN JOHNSON, JR. is an award winning journalist and has worked for The Los Angeles Times for twenty-two years.

JOEL SELVIN, co-author of the #1 bestseller Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock with Sammy Hagar, has covered pop music for the San Francisco Chronicle since 1970 and wrote the classic Summer of Love. Both reside in California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312581787
Author:
Selvin, Joel
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Author:
Johnson, John
Author:
Cami, Dick
Author:
John, Johnson
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States/State & Local/Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 8-page black and white photo in
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the years just before a new dance called the Twist turned popular music around and created new audiences for rock and roll, Johnny Biello, famed mobster, bought a rundown club in midtown Manhattan as a front for his businesses, and put his son-in-law, Dick Cami, who had already devoted some of his career to the music business, in charge of booking acts for the club. When Cami suggested that they book rock and roll acts, Biello and his gang had some misgivings, but soon the new Peppermint Lounge was pulling in teenagers, socialites, mobsters, and celebrities, all drawn like a moth to the burning flames of rock and roll, and especially the Twist. Through lackluster storytelling and over-the-top pronouncements ('The seeds to everything that became the sixties can be seen in the coming of the Twist'), journalists Johnson and Selvin along with Cami attempt to recreate the few months in 1961 and 1962 when the Peppermint Lounge became the hottest night club in New York, opening a second club in Miami. The narrative totters unevenly between a long, dull dual biography of Biello and Cami before finally launching into a brisk and abbreviated chronicle of the club and its famous denizens, who ranged from Truman Capote, Marilyn Monroe, Shelley Winters, and John Wayne to rhythm and blues moguls Berry Gordy and Ahmet Ertegun and rockers from the Beatles to Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes. Superficial and meandering, the book offers few compelling insights into the history of the Peppermint Lounge or its success." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
The never-before-told story of The Peppermint Lounge, the famed Manhattan nightspot and mobster hangout that launched an era

The Peppermint Lounge was intended to be nothing more than a front for gambling and other rackets but the club became a sensation after Dick “Cami” Camillucci began to feature a new kind of music, rock and roll. The mobsters running the place found themselves juggling rebellious youths alongside celebrities like Greta Garbo and Shirley MacLaine. When The Beatles visited the club, Cami's uncle-in-law had to restrain a hitman who was after Ringo because his girlfriend was so infatuated with the drummer.

Working with Dick Cami himself, Johnson and Selvin unveil this engrossing story of the go-go sixties and the club that inspired the classic hits "Twisting the Night Away" and "The Peppermint Twist."

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