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By Vikki Law with statements from Alan Moore, Bobbi G., and others who are not clearly credited.
New York: undated
Pages: 24
Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Cover: soft
Binding: staple-bound
Process: photocopy
Edition size: unknown
ISBN: none

The storied ABC No Rio - a place for radical culture, music, and art - began in all out confrontation when 3 artists, who were a part of a much larger group Colab (short for Colaborative Projects), broke into a city-owned former bus depot on New York's Lower East Side in 1980. The short lived show - The Real Estate Show - they mounted included many artists who made work about the gentrification that was starting to rapidly redefine the neighborhood. The show was closed by the police triggering immediate media attention. This brought out legendary "social sculputure" artist Joseph Beuys, who was in NY at the time, for a visit to support the artists whose work was being held hostage by city cops. Beuys's visit helped to secure the mythological beginning of ABC No Rio. The City of New York gave the current building, at 156 Rivington St., to Colab in exchange for vacating the bus terminal.

This booklet is a chaotic collection of raw texts and recollections from ABC No Rio. A description of this publication from the website for Microcosm Distribution:

"This zine shares the fascinating history of the conception of the art/punk club ABC NO RIO in 1979; it talks about the formation, negotiations with the city, responses from the community, and getting the neighborhood kids involved in the center and art projects going on there. Many of the founders are quoted and talk about the political and housing climate that led to their belief in a need for such a place."

Also included in this booklet are images and texts by/of Christy Rupp, Ann Messner, Tom Warren, Robin Winters and more.

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