A Guide to Recognizing Your Saintsby Dito Montiel, Jason Collins
“As far back as i can remember ... i can remember manhattan.” Orlandito “Dito” Montiel, son of Orlando, a Nicaraguan immigrant, and an Irish mother, grew wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times… See more details below
“As far back as i can remember ... i can remember manhattan.” Orlandito “Dito” Montiel, son of Orlando, a Nicaraguan immigrant, and an Irish mother, grew wild in the streets of Astoria, Queens, pulling pranks for Greek and Italian gangsters and confessing at the church of the Immaculate Conception, gobbling hits of purple mescaline and Old English, sneaking into Times Square whore houses—“Kids from nowhere going nowhere.” At 14 Dito watched as his best friend and surrogate older brother, Antonio, beat another kid to death with a baseball bat during a gang fight. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is the quintessentially American story of a young man’s hunger for experience, his dawning awareness of the bigger world across the bridge, and of the loyalties that bind him to a violent past and to the flawed and desperate Saints that have guided him—a streetwise Meetings With Remarkable Men with echoes of Whitman and Kerouac , Saturday Night Fever and Dion and the Belmonts. Dito tasted short-lived notoriety as a model for Versace and Calvin Klein, and as the leader of “the most successful unsuccessful band in history,” Gutterboy, a 15-minute darling signed to Geffen for a then unprecedented million-dollar advance. But this book is about the Saints: Dito’s father, Antonio “our insane warrior hero,” Bob Semen, Frank the dog walker, Jimmy Mullen, Cherry Vanilla, Allen Ginsberg and all the others, the drunks, coke-heads, junkies, the insaniacs like Santos Antonios who said, “Now Dito remember, in life you gotta be crazy.” Photographs by Bruce Weber, Lance Staedler and Allen Ginsberg are featured. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is soon to be a major motion picture directed by RobertDowney, Jr. “I like it a lot...”—Allen Ginsberg “The greatest streetwise healing book ever written. In a world full of put-ons and pretty faces he’s the real deal.”—Susan Carlucci, In Fashion
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Meet the Author
Dito Montiel, his work, and his band Gutterboy have been featured in cover stories in such magazines as In Fashion and Details. His articles, interviews, poetry, etc. have appeared in Vanity Fair, Interview, and numerous other magazines. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
- Santa Monica, California
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- Astoria, New York, New York
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Now that you've read Dito's memoirs, reflecting the life of a New York punk rocker from Queens, be sure to check out Dito's first and most passionate foray into the maniacal world of 1980s punk rock. Hearkening back to the emergence of New York Hardcore, Dito found himself playing music along with members of the most uncompromising of New York Hardcore bands, namely Urban Waste and Kraut. With that, a vertiable supergroup of NYHC were born, and they were called 'MAJOR CONFLICT.' Recorded in 1983, the sheer brilliance of MAJOR CONFLICT'S 'SOUNDS LIKE 1983' enhanced CD will blow your mind. Includes the 1983 sessions, which have never before been released and offer you a glimpse into the wild and reckless world of New York Hardcore. Also features Major Conflict's sole release up until now, an elusive 7-inch made famous by its obscurity, as well as live songs recorded at institutions like A7, CBGB's and Max's Kansas City.
I've waited all my life for something to move my generation the way I'm sure On The Road did it's and for me this is it. To compare anyone to good ol' Jack is sacrilidge I know but I feel this worthy. A great great book.