5 must-reads.


The Mudd Club by Richard Boch


The Mudd Club was to No-Wave music what the CBGB’s was to Punk music: A mecca, a must, a home, a catalyst. Here’s how it all began, as told by its long-time “alpha” doorman Richard Boch. “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 night-time world on the cusp of two decades. This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed and wicked downtown club attracted all of NYC society. “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.”

 


Is It My Body? Selected Texts by Kim Gordon 


From the front line of cult-band Sonic Youth to the pages of this masterpiece of selected works, Kim Gordon presents an abundance of pieces centring around her experiences as a woman, as relevant then, when she put pen to paper, as they are in 2018. Here is what to expect from this number: “Ranging from neo-conceptual artworks to broader forms of cultural criticism, these rare texts are brought together in this volume for the first time, placing Gordon’s writing within the context of the artist-critics of her generation, including Mike Kelley, John Miller, and Dan Graham. In addressing key stakes within contemporary art, architecture, music, and the performance of male and female gender roles, Gordon provides a prescient analysis of such figures as Kelley, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Tony Oursler, and Raymond Pettibon, in addition to reflecting on her own position as a woman on stage.”

 


Vii by Mark E. Smith   


A poignant choice as ‘Vii’s’ author Mark E. Smith, lead singer of The Fall, recently passed away this January, aged 60. Get deep inside the mind of this rock-legend; ‘Vii’ is not your average lyric book or auto-biography. It’s more of a scrap book of thoughts, musings, sketches, recommendations, bars to go to in Manchester, artworks and photos. A MUST for The Fall-fanatics.

 


Post Pink ‘Pretty in Punk’ Fanzine by Julia Gorton


She was there when it all began at the infamous Mudd Club, camera in hand, ready to shoot the likes of Lydia Lunch and Anya Philipps in their element. Now Julia Gorton has released another fanzine, harking back to an era of DIY publishing and an anyone-can-do attitude. Read more about Gorton in our interview with her here.

 


Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor 1980-1983 by Tim Lawrence  


‘Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor’ chronicles one of the most exciting and inventive times in New York’s music scene. It comprises of interviews with DJ’s, party-hosts, producers, dancers, performers, DJ’s and revellers. Lawrence captures the uncertain yet buzzing mood of the time, documenting the corporate intrusion and the AIDS epidemic, looking at its impact on the city’s night life.