Where was it? The full name of the legendary club is CBGB & OMFUG, which stands for Country, BlueGrass, and Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizer. It was located at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in Manhattan, from 1973 until 2006.
Why is it an icon? Hilly Kristal founded CBGB’s in 1973 with the original intention of showcasing its namesake musical styles (country, bluegrass, and blues). But, the venue soon became a mecca for American punk and New Wave bands including the Ramones, the Misfits, the Dead Boys, the Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. In the 1980s until its later years, CBGB’s was the place for hardcore punk bands, including Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law, Cro-Mags, Warzone, and Youth of Today. The club closed on October 15, 2006, after a dispute with the Bowery Residents’ Committee which billed Kristal over $90 thousand dollars in back rent. The final concert at the venue was Patti Smith. In 2012, CBGB was re-imagined and re-born as the largest music festival in NYC.
Quote: “CBGB represents a lot to New York City and to underground rock and to new wave and post-punk and whatever. But, you know, it’s like tearing down the Jefferson Memorial or something.” – Dave Grohl
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