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Confessions from the Velvet Ropes

The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York's Top Club Doorman

Glenn Belverio and Thomas Onorato

St. Martin's Griffin

New York's top doorman, Thomas Onorato, raises the ropes and gives readers a sneak peak into some of the world's most exclusive parties.

"If you are not on the guest list or if I don't know you or if I don't like you, you are NOT GETTING INTO THIS PARTY!"
The doorman. The gatekeeper of the night. These silent observers see it all and yet say nothing. Until now. In Confessions from the Velvet Ropes, New York's top club doorman, Thomas Onorato, lifts the ropes and lets ordinary readers into this exciting world. The book is an entertaining and hilarious collection of tales from the worlds of nightlife, fashion shows and celebrity parties. Highlights include: The night Madonna DJed at an intimate downtown club, Courtney Love’s surprise concert that ended in her arrest, the crazed stalker who attacked Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, the aerial attack on Adrien Brody’s birthday party, Diddy’s surprise appearance at an electro-punk event and more. Onorato was always on hand and brings his insider info and nightlife wisdom to readers of Confessions from the Velvet Ropes. Combining elements of juicy gossip columns, rock star fan memoirs and nightlife social studies, Confessions from the Velvet Ropes is a tell-all with style, including humorous side-bars and tips on how readers might make it past the velvet ropes.


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Confessions from the Velvet Ropes
1.I got a date with the night.--YEAH YEAH YEAHS 
 
 
 
 
"Hi." "This is a message for Thomas Onorato. My name is Sarah Goreman and I'm the fashion editor for Irish Márie Claire magazine." The shrill, nasally voice that is being emitted from Thomas's answering machine has the aural appeal of a car alarm. Thomas rolls his eyes as he applies a layer of Shu Uemura pancake foundation. There's no such thing as an Irish Marie Claire, he says to himself. "And I'm calling to find out if I can get on the list tonight for the
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Praise for Confessions from the Velvet Ropes

"Glenn Belverio has a devastatingly urban eye. An ultra-hip arbiter of style, he commands the fine line between fashion and flash. He is a superb guide to the underworld of earthly delights." --Bestselling author and Culture Critic Camille Paglia
"Belverio's corrosive humor cuts to the quick of the social body. He has Wildean wit and a superb sense of the absurd. His wry, entertaining writing style puts you right at the center of any V.I.P. event. This is gonzo journalism at its most compelling, full of celebration and sharp insight." --Bruce Benderson, author of The Romanian: Story of an Obsession and User
"Imagine a literary cocktail composed of equal parts Suzy Menkes, Truman Capote and Jacqueline Susann, then add a twist of New York street smarts and the result is Glenn Belverio. If David Sedaris wasn't a virgin, he might write something like Belverio." --Bruce LaBruce, filmmaker and author of The Reluctant Pornographer

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Glenn Belverio and Thomas Onorato

  • Thomas Onorato has worked the door for the Coral Room, Plaid and Crobar and has also produced a number of NY fashion shows, including B-Rude by Boy George. Currently he is the doorman for the largest rock and roll party in the US, Motherfucker, and MisShapes, a weekly dance party.
    Glenn Belverio is a New York based journalist who is a veteran of the city's nightlife and fashion scenes. He was the New York editor of the cutting-edge fashion magazine Dutch and has written for Conde Nast Traveler, i-D, Black Book and numerous European and Asian publications. In 2003, he received the award for Editorial Excellence from the Society of Publishers.
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Confessions from the Velvet Ropes

The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York's Top Club Doorman

Glenn Belverio and Thomas Onorato

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St. Martin's Griffin

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