Name Dropping: Tales From My San Francisco Nightclub
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: January 2007
Duration: 6 hours 17 minutes
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 Noel 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.
"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