“The Memory Motel”

“Hannah honey was a peachy kind of girl 
Her eyes were hazel 
And her nose was slightly curved 
We spent a lonely night at the Memory Motel 
It’s on the ocean, I guess you know it well…”

I’m a student of rock ‘n’ roll trivia, and nothing thrills me more than visiting sites like Jim Morrison’s grave (in Paris), Joshua Tree (where Gram Parsons’ body was famously cremated) or places that have been immortalized in songs (like “Killing of Georgie,” “Portobello Belle,” and “Hotel California.”) “Memory Motel” was the ballad off the Stones’ 1976 album, “Black and Blue.” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote the song when they were staying at Andy Warhol’s estate in Montauk, Long Island, in 1975. The Stones spent a lot of time at the bar at the Memory Motel, on Route 27, because it was the only bar in Montauk with a piano and a pool table. There’s been speculation that “Hannah,” the girl who sings and plays the guitar and who Mick has the one night stand with, was Carly Simon. I love the Memory because it’s a funky, old-fashioned motel that isn’t trying to be anything it’s not. David and I stopped by…he bought a hat and we took this pic, against the wind:  -ELISA

About Chelsea Girl Vintage

ELISA CASAS (that's me) was born and raised in New York City. I have a BFA in Photography from NYU and worked as a photojournalist and talent scout for major record labels before opening Chelsea Girl in 1993. I also owned Laurel Canyon Vintage, Clutch! and a popular cafe, City Girl Cafe. I star in the groundbreaking Sundance series, “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys” with my best friend, David Munk.
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