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.
Sadly, 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?