Back to the 80s – “Jungleland” Mural in Austin, TX

I’m not sure if the name has held up, but back in the 80s when I lived in Texas, Austin’s Guadalupe Street near the University of Texas campus was called “The Drag.” And, just off The Drag on 24th Street, there used to be a great beer and burger joint called Mad Dogs & Beans. Out front, they had once of the city’s best patios for hanging, and in the back, painted on the rear of the building, was something I’m so glad that I took a picture of.

Here’s a photo of the mural that once stood on Mad Dog’s back wall. It’s a depiction of a scene and some lyrics from Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 classic cinematic song, “Jungleland.” I got to see this mural quite often since if not going in for a beer and a burger, I parked there in back since I was going to the great Inner Sanctum Records next door.  

Jungleland - Austin TX - RESIZESadly, Mad Dogs has been torn down and I’m not sure if the mural survived long enough to be demolished along with it. Last time I was in town, I saw that there were apartments where Mad Dogs once stood and a Starbucks with the record store was.

Things change. Anyone know who painted it?  

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