Giorgio Gomelsky’s Creative Space for Music, Art & Events
The Crawdaddy Club was one of the very first venues in the early 1960s where rock and roll bands could play. Founded by Giorgio Gomelsky, one of the very first bands he booked was the first incarnation of the Rolling Stones.
In the 1970’s Giorgio migrated to NYC and bought a 3-story building, he christened it the “ZU House”. There Bill Laswell and many New York artists came to practice. Laswell formed the “ZU Band”, later renamed Material, who put out one of the most powerful No Wave 12 Eps along with an album, before he went on to become a major force in the music industry.
In 1978, I visited NYC for Giorgio’s ZU Manifestival that was one of the first showcases of Indie and Alternative experimental rock in those days. I crashed on the second floor of Giorgio’s ZU House for 3 days, helping him when he brought his travelling alternative rock caravan across country for another Manifestival in Los Angeles.
Over the years, we have kept in sporadic contact and met up a couple other times at music festivals. By the end of the 1970s the ZU House had been rechristened “The Red Door” and became an intimate performance and rehearsal space, as well as crash pad for a host of luminaries, to mention a few – Nico post VU when she was broke and homeless, Bad Brains, Richard Hell, Richard Lloyd and countless others.
A couple years back I did an interview with Giorgio and blogged about it on RBP in April 2011. Since that time, I have gotten many inquiries from UK and European journalists wanting to contact Giorgio and he always politely deferred due to health issues he was undergoing.
Just yesterday, I got the latest news about Giorgio, along with an interview he did for a Blog in the New York Times on Friday April 19 and a current Kickstarter project undertaken for The Red Door. Below I share the news, listing various links you can use to read the latest. I would hope you contribute to the cause helping my old friend.
The Kickstarter page:
My Eurock interview: