Wednesday, July 2

Mudd Club Memories

"On a January night in 1979 in the upstairs of the legendary Lower Manhattan venue, the Mudd Club, filmmaker Nick Taylor met Jean-Michel Basquiat for the first time. Immortalized in Taylor's shots that are seen fleetingly in Dutch director Joppe Rog's short I Met Him at the Mudd Club, the union proved a fateful rendezvous: the pair formed the band Gray—named after Basquiat’s favorite creative source material, Gray’s Anatomy—and played in the center of New York’s fertile post-punk scene. Taylor has kept Gray alive, and the short is soundtracked by their hauntingly evocative 2011 track 'Eight Hour Religion.' The band is considered an almost documentarian reflection of no-wave era New York, when artists and musicians cross-pollinated: actor Vincent Gallo was also a member of the group."
W - Mudd Club
The Mudd Club and “Beyond Words”
Nightclubbing: DNA at Mudd Club, 1979

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