The Mudd Club subject of new book; Bush Tetras playing Bell House w/ Shilpa Ray
Legendary NYC punk rock / downtown scene hotspot The Mudd Club, which was open from 1978 – 1983 at 77 White St in Tribeca, is the subject of a new book, written by Richard Boch who was the doorman of club for nearly three years. Boch sets it up like this:
“I was a Long Island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was “out there” versus “in here” and I was on the inside. The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd regulars who gave the place its identity. Everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, and Robert Rauschenberg to Johnny Rotten, The Hell’s Angels, and John Belushi: passing through, passing out, and some, passing on. Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger― just a few of the names that stepped on stage. No Wave and Post- Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed wicked downtown club attained the status of midtown and uptown. There was nothing else like it― I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me. I thought I could handle it, and for a while, I did. “
The book is out now via Feral House and you can read a sample chapter over at Amazon and watch a trailer for the book which is soundtracked by Bush Tetras’ “Too Many Creeps,” below.