THE BOWERY

SOURCE:CBGB Photo ©Spencer Drate
http://www.cbgb.com/shrine/shriners/hillykristal.htm






n 1974 Hilly Krystal was fixing up his BOWERY club called CBGB-OMFUG (Country, Bluegrass, Blues, and Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers) when Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd approached him.  Verlaine and Lloyd had formed a band called “Television” the year before and were looking for a regular venue to play. Unbeknownst to Krystal “Television” was to become the US founders of the art punk and post-punk scene.



SOURCE:CBGB Photo ©Spencer Drate
http://www.cbgb.com/shrine/shriners/hillykristal.htm


CBGBs soon became a testing ground for other new groups like the Stillettoes/Blondie, the Ramones, the Dictators, the Heartbreakers, Suicide, Rocket From the Tombs/Peru Ubu, the Dead Boys, Blondie and the Talking Heads. When CBGBs hosted the first of its festivals of unsigned bands in July 1975, The Ramones drew the attention of The New York Times, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, The Aquarian, The SoHo Weekly News, and the NME and Melody Maker from England. CBGBs was on the map.




32 years later the club closed down (October 13, 2006). The same day this (above) photograph was taken. RIP - CBGBs. Long live the BOWERY!