Madonna, My Chemical Romance, Kimora Lee Simmons Featured in New Book on New York Nightlife

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St. Martin’s Press releases “Confessions from the Velvet Ropes: The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York’s Top Club Doorman” by Glenn Belverio on July 11th - an entertaining collection of wild, true-life tales from New York's nightclub and fashion worlds.

"Confessions from the Velvet Ropes," a new nonfiction book that chronicles the adventures of a high-profile New York City nightclub doorman, will be released in paperback by St. Martin’s Press on July 11th.

Journalist Glenn Belverio collaborated with Thomas Onorato to turn the doorman’s career highlights (and low points) into a series of highly-readable, hilarious and outrageous tales from both sides of the velvet ropes. Eight pages of color photos illustrate scenes from exclusive parties and fashion shows.

From the time Paris Hilton’s sister, Nicky, was crowd-surfed at a chaotic Kimora Lee Simmons fashion show to the night Adrien Brody’s birthday party was bombarded with eggs by irate neighbors to Courtney Love’s surprise concert that ended in her arrest -- "Confessions from the Velvet Ropes" is an unbridled ride through the worlds of clubs, fashion and celebrity.

Other famous names that have passed through Onorato’s ropes and made it into the pages of "Confessions" include Madonna, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Hilary Duff, Diddy, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Carlos D. of Interpol, Debbie Harry, and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp.

Praised by Publisher’s Weekly as the next “Preppy Handbook”, "Confessions" is also a tongue-in-cheek pop culture guidebook for navigating the sometimes treacherous landscape of metropolitan nightlife. Humorous sidebars offer tips for readers on how to dress, what names to drop, and overall velvet ropes etiquette. (“Don’t drop Paris Hilton’s name – everyone thinks they’re friends with Paris.”)

“Confessions from the Velvet Ropes is like a surreal mash-up of 'Party Girl ' and 'Apocalypse Now' or 'Please Kill Me' and 'Night of the Living Dead'."

"It's packed with absurdly juicy war stories from the velvet goldmine of New York clubland, down and dirty yet screamingly funny tales from the door-bitch jungle, full of crazed revelers, wasted starlets, fashion pimps, and sex behind the ice machine. Brilliant stuff."

-- Rob Sheffield, writer for Rolling Stone magazine

“Glenn Belverio has a devastatingly urban eye. An ultra-hip arbiter of style, he commands the fine line between fashion and flash. He is a superb guide to the underworld of earthly delights.” – Bestselling author and cultural critic Camille Paglia

Confessions from the Velvet Ropes

St. Martin’s Griffin

ISBN# 0312354592


Publication date: July 11, 2006


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