We reported back in late September that Brooklyn Rod & Gun will close its doors at the end of the year. As of now, it looks like things are still headed that way. But Chris Raymond and the social club’s members are determined to save at least something of its legacy through a digital archive of ephemera, a double album of live recordings, a short documentary film, and even a book.
“It’s kind of unique that we’re doing this project about the documentation of it and we want to give the place its fair tribute, but it’s not going to help with our survival,” explained Raymond, the organizer of Rod & Gun. Raymond is still focusing most of his energy on finding a new space: “the clock is ticking and I’m getting nervous, I’m still praying for that 11th hour save,” he told us. Meanwhile, members have decided it’s important to document Rod & Gun as it is now.
The club is seeking help with funding the archival project via a Kickstarter campaign, but it’s also hoping to bring even more attention to the fact that it’s losing its space. So far, the effort has managed to raise just under half its goal of $10,000 and has even gotten Judd Apatow on board. But with just four days left to go, things are getting down to the wire.
If you’re a fan of the folky, bluesy, singer-songwriter stuff that goes on at R&G, it kind of makes sense to just go ahead and donate — most of the smaller pledgers will receive either a double LP or digital recordings of live shows.
Rod & Gun is also offering all sorts of cool prizes for people willing to donate a little more than pocket change, like the guided canoe tour of Newtown Creek. Dewey Thomson, a member of R&G and the founder of North Brooklyn Boat Club, has pledged to personally bring a group of up to four $150 donors ’round the gnarly waters. If you can cough up $300, Friday Jones will give you a tattoo consultation and design, which hey, we didn’t know those weren’t free with a tattoo but, whatever, it’s for a good cause!
“We’re hoping this will bring attention to the fact we’re in need of help in so many ways,” Raymond said. “And the amount of effort the committee’s put into this, I hope it won’t fail.”