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Birthplace of Punk Rock

— 315 Bowery —

This is the birthplace of punk rock. A grungy and chaotic laboratory of musical innovation, it witnesses early performance by The Ramones, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television, Richard Hell, Blondie, The Police, Dead Boys, Joan Jett, Lou Reed, AC/DC, the B-52s, Alan Jackson, Green Day, Gins 'n Roses, and Pearl Jam.
CBGB was the brainchild of Hilly Kristal (1831-2997), a former marine who played violin and guitar, sang at Radio City Music Hall and managed the Village Vanguard before starting the Rheingold Central Park Music Festival and opening Hilly's on 9th Street. In 1973, he opened CBGB, intending to book Country/BlueGrass/Blues, but drifted into rock. OMFUG means Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers. Sacrificing all to make his vision a reality, he took odd jobs to make ends meet. He rejected cover music, stressing instead a nurturing commitment to new songs and new bands.
Despite a high profile campaign to save the club after a protracted legal dispute with Hilly's landlord, CBGB closed on October 15, 2006. Battling cancer, he died in 2007. Patti Smith wrote, "Hilly Kristal was the good shepherd of a flock of black sheep. We are forever grateful."
HM NumberHM2IX7
Year Placed2016
Placed ByBowery Alliance of Neighbors
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Date Added Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 585126 N 4508742
Decimal Degrees40.72521667, -73.99200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 43.513', W 73° 59.52'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 43' 30.78" N, 73° 59' 31.2" W
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