[7.10.06] [Andrew Gallix]
CBGB: THE WRITING'S ON THE WALL
Christopher D Salyers' CBGB: Decades of Graffiti (Mark Blatty Publisher) will be launched on October 9th at CBGB's 313 Gallery (212 677-0455), 313 Bowery (at Bleecker), right next door to CBGB's (6-9 pm). Punk legend Richard Hell, who penned the introduction, believes this book is "the best representation of CBGB's in print". He also points out that there will be "free beer" and that it will be "a near-last chance to hang on the Bowery before CGBG's shuts down".
Here is a short extract from Hell's intro:
"Above all, though, the effect of the surfaces of CBGB's dark, crazed insides is eerie, it's haunting. It's like a dead-quiet, chillingly colorful cemetary. Or autopsy: all of compacted history sliced open. It's not so much that the graffiti evokes the endless procession of individual kids who've attended the club, but that it evokes their absence, their faceless selves buried under the next pretty layer of pointless assertion. The walls are an onslaught of death and futility as much as they are of life and vitality. The kids believed themselves to be unique individuals; the walls they covered with that claim are the proof that it's a delusion. Or is this what we knew all along, and the walls are sites of reveling in it, reveling in undifferentiation? Because it does seem sweet and innocent and loveable too."