Last night, the legendary Mudd Club made a slight return, as Steve Mass, the owner of the ’70s and ’80s hotspot, hosted a rummage sale to benefit the Bowery Mission. Items included a beehive wig belonging to Kate Pierson of the B-52s, who performed “Roam”; a cheetah-print jumpsuit donated by Deborah Harry, who was also floating around (it was scooped up by a Jersey City vintage shop); photos by Godlis and William Coupon, also in attendance; and this piece by Kim Gordon, going for $10,000.
Few people personify the downtown New York aesthetic like Chris Stein. As the guitarist of Blondie, he’s helped to define—and defy—what people talk about when they talk about New York. Fortunately for us, he was documenting his adventures in the dangerous old New York, as proven in his book of photographs. These were shown at the Chelsea Hotel in September, and a new show opened yesterday on the other side of the pond at the Somerset House in London.
In a two-fold celebration of the 40th anniversary of Blondie’s formation and guitarist/co-founder Chris Stein’s photography book release, the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery is hosting a week-long exhibition. The show features ephemera and photographs from Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk as well as the work of other important photographers who were in and around the New York City punk scene of the ’70s and ’80s.