Let’s have some fun!

Mudd Club, photo Meredith McLouth


“Alphabet Soup” by Marc Gabardino

inside area: A LOOK BACK AT AREA, THE ’80S CLUB THAT TURNED PARTYING INTO AN ART (2013). Retrieved November 7, 2013 from:

This PAPERMAC article, by Peter Davis, announces publication of a new book  about the legendary nightclub Area, which was only open from 1983 to 1987. Every six weeks or so, Area (which Eric Goode started with his brother Christopher and childhood friends Shawn Hausman and Darius Azari) completely transformed itself. Themes like “Religion,” “Elements,” “Confinement,” “Sex,” “Future,” “Fashion,” “Art” and “Suburbia” went way beyond even the craziest of Halloween party décor, reimagining the 33,000 square foot space into a 3D multisensory mind trip. For the “Food” motif, Area’s pool became a giant bowl of alphabet soup.

Danceteria Group. (2010). Retrieved January 30, 2010 from: danceterianyc@yahoogroups

Moderated forum for discussion and memory-sharing related to the 1980s NYC nightclub Danceteria. Nightlife archaeology. For many who took part in the Danceteria nightlife, it represents the pinnacle of that lost era’s decadence and creativity. Many popular artists performed at Danceteria in the earliest stages of their careers. Here you can find old friends and lost acquaintances, compare diverging life paths, find out “where they are now,” and remember what it was like there then. Since this group was started in Feb. 2004, over 470 people have joined and been reunited with old friends, and over 8500 messages have been posted, as well as many old photos.

Danceteria Website. (2009). Retrieved January 30, 2010 from:

Since July of 2006 Rudolf , co-owner and legendary club impressario of Danceteria, has been archiving media and content for this website. The site is produced by John Argento and Ron Martinez, and includes a blog with graphics archives, 15 categories depicted through multi-media, including 8  filmed shorts.

Friday Ephemera – 80’s Clubs of New York. (09/10/2010). Retrieved September 16, 2010 from:

A graphic designer (Crane-Watch) features examples of print works from the ’80s.

Hammond, L.D. (2005). Rebel Rebelle – Punks and Provocateurs Photo Exhibit (pp. Feb 07 & Feb 03). Retrieved January 30, 2010 from:

Since the 1970s photographer Linda Dawn Hammond has been documenting her involvement with the punk scene. In this blog, the Feb 07 post includes photos and reminiscing about the Mudd Club in 1979, and the Feb 03 is about CBGB in 1978.

Mudd Club – Club  57- New Wave Vaudeville Reunion. (2010). Retrieved January 30, 2010 from the FaceBook Events page:

The caption reads “If you performed or were there (’77 – ‘8?) be here!” This Facebook page features an invitation to a reunion party to be held October 30, 2010 in New York City, sounds like fun! There are currently 175 friends (attendees) and a nice collection of photos.

MUDD CLUB on MySpace. (2010). Retrieved January 30, 2010 from:

DR. Mudd (Steve Mass) center.

This page was started in February of 2007 and currently has 360 friends. Features include a blog, photos, music and media links to both the Mudd Club and current music in and around lower Manhattan. Since being a friend of this site I’ve been messaged a couple of times, by people doing research.

Other Legendary Clubs (nd). Retrieved February 1, 2010 from the website:

This website is mainly about discotheques and the gay scene, the list of other clubs includes statistics and information about many NYC clubs around in the ’80s, such as: Bond’s International Casino, Danceteria, Funhouse, Ice Palace 57, Plato’s Retreat, Roxy, The Saint, and the Underground. A good source for valuable information about theses clubs, such as address and dates opened, DeeJays, playlists, and owners and facilities specs.


photo William Coupon

Allfirst, C. (1980, May 28 – June 3). Eat to the Beat: Mickey Ruskin Feeds the Famous. Soho News, pp. 12-13.

Mickey Ruskin (1933-19983) wined and dined lower Manhattan hipsters for the better part of the late-20th century. Mickey’s last restaurant, One U (aka Chinese Chance), catered to the New York Creative Scene from the northeast corner of Washington Square Park . Regular customers included Larry Rivers, Joseph Kosuth, Mary Boone, Ross Bleckner, Julian Schnabel, Jeff Koons. Everyone was so cool at One U; the bar was in the front and the bathrooms were way in the back, the promenade  through the dining room was a big part of the entertainment. Robert Rauschenberg was living in Florida by the ’80s. One night he stopped by Mickey’s while walking his dogs in the village, his entrance brought a hush to the crowd. Another show-stopper was the night when Andy Warhol was dining with his posse and Valerie Solanas walked in. This  SohoNews article gives a good sense of the scene and of Mickey.   article pdf

Belk, M. (2012). Pretty Broken Punks: Lipstick, Leather Jeans, a Death of New York. London: Polwarth Publishing LLP. ISBN-13: 978-0957435698

Boch, Richard (2017). The Mudd Club. Port Townsend, WA: Feral House. ISBN 978-1-62731-051-2

CBGB and OMFUG: Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock. (2005). New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc..ISBN-10: 0810957868

With an introduction by Hilly Kristal (CB’s owner), an afterword by David Byrne,additional commentary by numerous performers and patrons, and unforgettable images by the many noteworthy photographers — this documentation of the American institution CBGB is one of the best.

East Village doorway — photo by Linda Psomas

Cheren, Mel et al. (2000). My Life and The Paradise Garage: Keep On Dancin’.ISBN 0967899400

As a founder of West End Records, Cheren was present at the creation of disco, and his glimpses into the recording industry are fascinating. On the pulse of the splendors and miseries of the A-List-and the brilliant social and musical innovations of  The Paradise Garage, we get an insight to the world of glamour and the threat of AIDS.

Brodsky, J.I. (1993). The Mineshaft: a Retrospective Ethnography. Journal of Homosexuality, V24 (2-3). pp. 233-251. ISSN: 0091-8369 (Print)/1540-3602 (Electronic).

After a photo-shoot with an old college friend of his from Maryland Institute, my boyfriend (at the time) came home in the we-hours. He had been taken to the legendary Mine Shaft and all he could say to describe the experience was “Beyond Fellini.” Brodsky, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has more to share in this peer-reviewed article. The Mineshaft, a male sex club, is described from the patron’s perspective, in retrospect, and in the context of gay male urban life in circa-1980 North America.

Gretchen and Louis (Mudd Club 1979 door staff) in front of a Coupon photo

Gendron, B. (2002). Between Montmartre and the Mudd Club: Popular Music and the Avant-Garde. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226287351

Gendron traces the interaction between “high” and “low” culture specifically, between modernist visual art and popular music from the cabarets of Paris’s Montmartre district in the 1880s through New York City’s “art after midnight” clubs in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Entertaining and useful for all academic libraries and popular culture collections.

Lawrence, T. (2016). Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983.Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books. ISBN-13: 978-0822362029


6 responses to “Nightlife

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    • Thats an interesting idea Hassan, and I’ll certainly think about it. This isn’t the first time someone had asked me to make things more multi-media. I never really thought of it as a site, more of a bibliography with php. The ’80s is in the past and I opted for academic credibility rather than the fun stuff, but this is the web and the 21st century. Check back in awhile.

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