Artist Tribute to CBGB and Adam Yauch Pops Up on Ludlow Street
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Realistic wheat-paste art portraying CBGB surfaced on Ludlow Street within the past couple weeks. It’s the work of street artist FLOOD, whose Bill Cosby-skewering Fat Albert pieces have attracted local notoriety.
This particular paster pays tribute, not only to the long lost club, but also late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch (RIP 2012) and drummer/vocalist Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri (RIP 1997) from Lower East Side hardcore band Warzone. Both in the prime of youth, before disease took them.
FLOOD’s art is the second such memorial to Yauch on Ludlow Street. Down the block – where the cover of Paul’s Boutique was snapped – Danielle Mastrion’s two-year-old (untouched) Beastie Boys mural holds court.