Name Dropping: Tales from My San Francisco Nightclub

By Barnaby Conrad
Foreword by Herb Caen
Read by Barnaby Conrad

6.25 Hours 02/01/2004 unabridged
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When El Matador opened in 1958, Bennett Cerf called it “the most attractive room in America.” Part saloon, part salon, Barnaby Conrad’s nightclub was nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s cabaret and nightlife district. On any given night, one might find Noël Coward, Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, or Tyrone Power in the club or might hear Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Eva Gabor, George Shearing, or André Previn take over the piano. In Name Dropping, Barnaby Conrad vibrantly evokes this bygone era. Charming, personable, and witty, the author is both celebrity and fan as he shares vivid, hilarious, and surprising anecdotes, delightfully dropping famous names all the while.

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Summary

Summary

When El Matador opened in 1958, Bennett Cerf called it “the most attractive room in America.” Part saloon, part salon, Barnaby Conrad’s nightclub was nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s cabaret and nightlife district. On any given night, one might find Noël Coward, Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, or Tyrone Power in the club or might hear Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Eva Gabor, George Shearing, or André Previn take over the piano.

In Name Dropping, Barnaby Conrad vibrantly evokes this bygone era. Charming, personable, and witty, the author is both celebrity and fan as he shares vivid, hilarious, and surprising anecdotes, delightfully dropping famous names all the while.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“On a much higher plane than mere gossip, Name Dropping has real insights, often hilarious, sometimes poignant, but always revealing and moving.” Artie Shaw
“This book by a master storyteller is an utter joy.” William F. Buckley, Jr.
“[A] lively slice of San Francisco life. A fine leisure choice.” Midwest Book Review
“When Conrad pokes fun at his subjects, his thrust is usually gentle…Gossipy memoirs on celebrities abound, but Conrad’s book is cut above the rest.” Library Journal
“It’s refreshing to find a book whose title accurately conveys its contents…Never catty, just damned informative throughout, this is one well-crafted, entertaining little volume, the kind of thing that shows what gossip can be in the hands of an artist.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Barnaby Conrad

Barnaby Conrad is the author of twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hemingway’s Spain, How to Fight a Bull, and Matador, which has sold more than three million copies. He is an artist and former bullfighter and American vice-consul in Spain, founder and codirector of the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference, and a native San Franciscan.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English