The Mudd Club was a TriBeCa nightclub that was opened in October 1978 by publisher Steve Mass, art curator Diego Cortez and singer Anya Philips. TriBeCa is a Neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York in the United States. A nightclub (or "night club" or "club" is a drinking, dancing, and entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark Anya Phillips was the manager and girlfriend of New York-based musician James Chance (aka James White The Mudd Club, located at 77 White Street in downtown Manhattan, quickly became a major fixture in the city's underground music and counterculture scene. Manhattan Island, in New York Harbor, is much the largest part of the Borough of Manhattan, one of the Five Boroughs which form the City of New York Underground music refers to a variety of post-1960s rock pop or dance subgenres that developed a Cult following despite their lack of Mainstream appeal visibility Counterculture (also " counter-culture " is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a Cultural group, or It was named after Samuel Alexander Mudd, a doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth in the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Samuel Alexander Mudd I ( December 20, 1833 &ndash January 10, 1883) was a Maryland physician implicated and imprisoned for Abraham Lincoln assassination John Wilkes Booth (May 10 1838 – April 26 1865 was an American stage actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the Abraham Lincoln (February 12 1809 &ndash April 15 1865 the sixteenth President of the United States, successfully led his country through its greatest internal
In order to secure the space for the Mudd Club (a loft owned by artist Ross Bleckner), Steve Mass described the future venue as cabaret. Ross Bleckner (born 1949 is an American Artist. Life and work Ross Bleckner was born in New York City. A music venue is any location regularly used for a Concert or Musical performance Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring Comedy, Song, Dance, and Theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue &mdash a Restaurant Mass claims to have started the nightclub on a budget of only $15,000.
The club featured a bar, gender-neutral bathrooms, and a rotating gallery on the fourth floor. Live performances showcased punk rock, new wave, and experimental music. New Wave is a Rock music genre that existed during the late 1970s and the 1980s Experimental music is a term introduced by composer John Cage in 1955
The Mudd Club acquired a chic, often elitist reputation and was frequented by many of Manhattan's up-and-coming cult celebrities. Elitism is the belief or attitude that those individuals who are considered members of the Elite &mdash a select group of people with outstanding personal abilities intellect Individuals associated with the venue included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Johnny Thunders, Keith Haring, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Lydia Lunch, and Klaus Nomi. Jean-Michel Basquiat ( December 22 1960 - August 12, 1988) was an American Artist. Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale Jr ( July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991) was an Italian American Rock and roll Keith Haring ( May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City Arto Lindsay (born May 28, 1953, Richmond, Virginia) is an American Guitarist, Singer, record producer and experimental Lydia Lunch (born Lydia Koch on June 2, 1959 in Rochester New York) is an American Singer, Poet, Klaus Sperber ( January 24, 1944 - August 6, 1983) better known as Klaus Nomi, was a German Countertenor noted The Ramones mentioned it in the song "The Return of Jackie and Judy", Frank Zappa poked fun at it with a song titled after the club that appeared on his album You Are What You Is, and it is also mentioned by the Talking Heads in their 1979 song "Life During Wartime" and by Nina Hagen in her 1983 song "New York/N. The Ramones were an American rock band often regarded as the first Punk rock group Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21 1940 – December 4 1993 was an American Composer, Electric guitarist Record producer and Film director You Are What You Is is an album by Frank Zappa. It was originally released as a two- record set in 1981 and later by Rykodisc as a 20-song Talking head Talking Heads was an American New Wave band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991 Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) Nina Hagen (born Catharina Hagen on March 11, 1955) is a singer from Berlin, Germany. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Y. ".
Steve Mass has since moved on to open the Mudd club in Berlin in 2001 (located at Grosse Hamburger Strasse 17); he is seen most nights standing quietly at the end of the bar, sipping a glass of red wine. Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. This Berlin club is considered an intimate venue for touring bands.
In 2007 the arts organization Creative Time placed an acrylic plaque on the NYC building to commemorate the club's existence. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Creative Time is a public arts organization based in New York.