Category Archives: PARIS

A La Porte De Le Balajo

In the mid-80s DJs Albert Grintuch and his partner Serge Duprat took over the Bastille nightclub, Le Balajo. Once a week our crowd of rockers filled the large dancehall, at which I worked the door with Jacques Negrit as security. The barmen and waitresses were the same surly staff as the other nights of the […]

Bastille Day 1789

2 July 1789 The Bastille – Paris A prisoner cried from his window 2 July 1789 The Bastille – Paris A prisoner cried from his window. “Ils tuent les prisonniers.” The guards subdued the inmate and the incarcerated Marquis de Sade was transferred to the insane asylum at Charenton. His words were a spark for […]

ENTREZ NOUS by Peter Nolan Smith

January 1983 was a good month to get out of New York. The NYPD wanted to interrogate me about a murder and police corruption at the Continental Club on West 25th Street. While the case was a year old and the killer’s trail had gone cold, Sgt…. Ferguson thought I knew more than I was […]

Love Johnny Romero Long Time

A comment from a reader about Johnny Romero, a great bon vivant from the 1950s in paris. Dearest Claudia, I am Susy Küttel, the Swiss “girl” who was very much in love with Johnny, your father. I always remember him and our love was very deep and connected with lots of problems. Destiny divided us […]

THE ONLY YEH YEH GIRL By Peter Nolan Smith

The stars of the 1960s were transported by TV and radio to my three red-light suburb south of Boston. The teenagers of the 50s worshipped Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Buddy Holly as dead gods, but my generation’s focus was dedicated to the living. Bob Dylan’s BLOWING IN THE WIND knocked Elvis off his throne […]