I was not really familiar with artist Duncan Hannah when I came across a review of his memoir. However, reading about him and the book I noted that his story had everything I like in a read: a memoir in the voice of a creative person talking about his/her experiences coming of age. Twentieth-Century Boy – Notebooks of the Seventies by Duncan Hannah is all of that and more, it is a portrait of a time and place (1970s New York) which clearly fostered some of the most amazing talents of the latter half of the last century.

About Twentieth-Century Boy – Notebooks of the Seventies by Duncan Hannah:

“Celebrated painter Duncan Hannah arrived in New York City from Minneapolis in the early 1970s as an art student hungry for experience, game for almost anything, and with a prodigious taste for drugs, girls, alcohol, movies, rock and roll, books, parties, and everything else the city had to offer. Taken directly from the notebooks Hannah kept throughout the decade, Twentieth-Century Boy is a fascinating, sometimes lurid, and incredibly entertaining report from a now almost mythical time and place. Full of outrageously bad behavior, naked ambition, fantastically good music, and evaporating barriers of taste and decorum, and featuring cameos from David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, and many more, it is a rollicking account of an artist’s coming of age.”

Had I been living in New York during that era as a young man, I probably would not have had all the same experiences as Mr. Hannah. However, when I read his firsthand accounts of his life – written at the time and shared 40-plus years later – I wish I could get in a time machine and observe for myself.

Twentieth-Century Boy – Notebooks of the Seventies by Duncan Hannah is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.