New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections is pleased to present a reading by Richard Boch from his latest work, The Mudd Club. The reading takes place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:30pm in Bobst Library, Third Floor, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place), NYC. [Subways A,C,E, B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 line to Astor Place; R train to 8th Street.]
The Mudd Club, a TriBeCa nightclub, was a venue for underground music and counter-culture events, frequented by many of Manhattan’s up-and-coming cult celebrities. The decadence lasted only from 1979 to 1983; Boch, as one of the doormen of the legendary club, was there for every single moment.
“Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was ‘out there’ versus ‘in here’ and I was on the inside,” recalls Boch. “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. No Wave and Post-Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. There was nothing else like it. I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me.”
“The downtown New York scene was more than punk, it was a mad brilliant chaos of cheap rent and experimental art,” said Marvin J. Taylor, director, Fales Library and Special Collections. “The Mudd Club was its nexus, the place that birthed the Eighties.”
For more information, the public can contact Fales Library at 212.998.2599.
About Fales Library and Special Collections:
The Fales Library, comprising nearly 358,000 volumes and over 11,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection, and the general special collections of the NYU Libraries. The Fales Collection was given to NYU in 1957 by DeCoursey Fales in memory of his father, Haliburton Fales. It is especially strong in English literature from the middle of the 18th century to the present, documenting developments in the novel. The Downtown Collection, founded in 1993, documents the downtown New York art, performance, and literary scenes from 1975 to the present and is extremely rich in archival holdings, including extensive film and video. The goal of the Downtown Collection is to comprehensively collect the full range of artistic practice and output of the Downtown scene, regardless of format. This research collection, built on a documentary strategy, supports the research of students and scholars interested in the intersection of the contemporary arts and other forms of cultural and artistic expression.
The NYU Division of Libraries is a global system comprising five libraries in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Its flagship, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square, receives 2.6 million visits annually. For more information about the NYU Libraries, please visit http://library.nyu.edu