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The Downtown scene in New York, a melange of music, art, and reckless creativity, has been mined extensively for fictional and documentary works. Touchstones include Edo Bertoglio's film Downtown 81, Julian Schnabel's biopic on Basquiat, and the memoirs of Patti Smith. HBO's upcoming show Vinyl, which premieres in February, is set during the heyday of Downtown punk and disco clubs, the world of the Ramones and The New York Dolls. But all of those works concentrate on the mid-to-late 1970s and the early 1980s. Art Drug will focus on a period Martin says is largely undocumented: 1987.
"This is a time where there isn't much written about," he says. "In the late '80s, people don't really know what was happening. It was the beginning of the end, a time to move on." About 15 years ago, he met the writer Mark Andrew Ferguson. Over the course of their relationship, Ferguson began to build a narrative using Martin's stories of '80s New York as a template. "The screenplay is a fifty-fifty collaboration, but letter of the alphabet dish out of it comes from my experience," swallow says. "Mark was healthy to make these characters and go it altogether together."
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