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190 gsm acid-free

315 Bowery

  • CBGB was a New York City music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan's East Village.


    The club was previously a biker bar and before that was a dive bar.  The letters CBGB were for Country, BlueGrass, and Blues, Kristal's original vision, yet CBGB soon became a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Talking Heads.


    CBGB became a victim of New York's gentrification and despite attempts to preserve the building as a landmark, the gigantic rent increase being forced upon Hilly resulted in it finally closing. 


    The final show on October 15, was played by Patti Smith, helped on some songs by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Television's Richard Lloyd, too, played in a few, including "Marquee Moon".


    Nearly finished, Smith and band playing "Gloria" alternated the chorus with echos of "Blitzkrieg Bop"—by the Ramones—Hey! Ho! Let's go!.


    During "Elegie", her final encore, Smith named musicians and other music figures who had died since playing at CBGB.  On October 15, 2006, upon Patti Smith's last show at CBGB, the storied bar and club closed

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