John Perry Barlow
Peter and Nejma Beard
Michele Oka Doner
Invite You To Join
for PUBLIC STORAGE BLUES
at The Maritime Hotel
88 Ninth Avenue
(between 16th & 17th Streets)
Wednesday, February 15
7:30 pm - midnight
Admission: $30 at door
New York's haute demimonde comes together to help Anthony Haden-Guest in his moment of need, as he strives to recover a lifetime of property that has been confiscated by the warehouse magnates at Public Storage.
This is a benefit for Anthony, who is suing Public Storage for selling a thirty-four year accumulation of papers, books, art, music, clothes and well, everything, completely without warning, when they knew he was in London, and when he owed them just $1,350, a few month's rent on the storage unit.
It is now over two years since Public Storage (ranked at 986 in Fortune’s 2009 list of the top 1000 corporations in the US) sold Anthony’s belongings to a single individual, who paid $630.
The buyer is threatening to sell everything, an action which can be prevented by the posting of a $350,000 bond. Anthony hopes to either stop the sale of his property or at least recover his private papers and art of particularly personal significance in advance of what is likely to be a closely watched trial.
The producers of the event are Phil Painson and Peter Makebish.
Among those who have agreed to perform:
Nile Rodgers, who will read from his book Le Freak
Michael Holman (with Gray)
Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky
Matt Katz Bohen, Anthony’s American cousin, who plays keyboards with Blondie
the wonderful Broadway singer Melissa Errico
Penny Arcade will MC, along with Stuart Braunstein.
Glenn O’Brien will add his inimitable touch.
Michael Portnoy will perform.
The in-your-face Reno will do stand-up.
A performance by the magical Alex “The Countess” Zapak will be screened from London.
Another major performer will appear, but the identity is not currently revealed, in a shameless exercise of excitement building.
Lorraine Leckie has set some of Anthony’s lyrics to music.
And Anthony will read a few pieces including some verses from a work in progress, Public Storage Blues.
Admission to the event is $30 at the door.
It should be an unforgettable night of performances, and for a good cause: to help Anthony recover the stuff of his life from the storage pirates.