Jimmy Neurosis: A Memoir

Jimmy Neurosis: A Memoir

by James Oseland


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A Lambda Literary Award Finalist

From a celebrated figure of the food world comes a poignant, provocative memoir about being young and gay during the 1970s punk revolution in America

Long before James Oseland was a judge on Top Chef Masters, he was a teenage rebel growing up in the pre–Silicon Valley, California, suburbs, yearning for a taste of something wild. Diving headfirst into the churning mayhem of the punk movement, he renamed himself Jimmy Neurosis and embarked on a journey into a vibrant underground world populated by visionary musicians and artists.

In a quest that led him from the mosh pits of San Francisco to the pop world of Andy Warhol’s Manhattan, he learned firsthand about friendship of all stripes, and what comes of testing the limits—both the joyous glories and the unanticipated, dangerous consequences.

With humor and verve, Oseland brings to life the effervescent cocktail of music, art, drugs, and sexual adventure that characterized the end of the seventies. Through his account of how discovering his own creativity saved his life, he tells a thrilling and uniquely American coming-of-age story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062267368
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Oseland has won multiple James Beard and National Magazine Awards for his writing and editing. He is the author and editor of World Food, a book series from Penguin Random House. Before that, he was the editor of Saveur, America’s most critically acclaimed food magazine. He was a series judge on all five seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and has appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, Iron Chef America, and the Today show. He is also the author of Cradle of Flavor, which was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and Good Morning America. He lives in Mexico City.

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