Saturday, September 1, 2007

CBGB Founder, Hilly Kristal, Dies

As you may have already read, Hilly Kristal, the founder of the famous NY club CBGB passed away this week due to complications with lung cancer. CBGB is often considered the birthplace of punk and it is difficult to deny its importance in rock history. Originally intended as a club for bluegrass, country and blues, Kristal opened his doors to the loud, messy bands of the neighborhood and provided a home for the Ramones, Television, the Talking Heads, Blondie, and more. Forced to close, the club held its final show in October of last year.

Brooklyn Vegan has some great pics from outside CBGB.

Here are a couple live Television tracks recorded at CBGB in 1975. Turn 'em up real loud and pretend you're there.
Television - Hard On Love (Live @ CBGB 08/21/1975)
Televsion - See No Evil (Live @ CBGB 12/07/1975)

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