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CBGB & OMFUG: Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock

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Hilly Kristal originally intended CBGB & OMFUG to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for - Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know when he opened his club under a flophouse on the Bowery that it would become the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City - Punk. While the letters CBGB ultimately didn't describe the music the clu ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jan 03, 2016 Greta rated it liked it
It's a great little nostalgia book, full of photos, and little stories of famous musicians and their first time at said venue, but that's about it. Great as a catalog to remember the venue by.

I am interested in seeing the layout of the venue in it's prime, as everyone in the book points out to the 'great sound' it had. I visited the former CBGB's recently (where I bought this book), it is now a clothes shop, but they still kept some original CBGB's things. I was confused whether the stage was ac
Jan 24, 2010 Nycdreamin rated it it was amazing
Amazing collection photos from 30 years worth of performances at the hallowed birthplace of punk, Hilly Kristal's little dive bar on the Bowery, CBGB, with an introduction by Hilly himself. Of course all the greats like the Ramones, Television, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Stilettos and Blondie, Suicide, Dead Boys, Sick Fucks and many many more of the regulars from the 70's and 80's are included. Then there are a few surprises as well: Alan Jackson, Rosanne Barr...Vanilla Ice and Shaki ...more
Jen Sexton
Feb 26, 2014 Jen Sexton rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Sorry I never went there. Sort of.
Chris Passingham
Apr 20, 2014 Chris Passingham rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, non-fiction
it is now a shoe shop
Victor James
Jun 06, 2011 Victor James rated it really liked it
I think this was an interesting book about how the punk scene was along time ago. I find this book interesting to read because it shows pictures of the bands that used to play there and they had a summary about them. For example the Ramones would play at CBGB.
Alex Aloise
May 23, 2011 Alex Aloise rated it it was amazing
My favorite music in the world was born inside CBGBs. I hate that I never made my way there before it closed down. This book is a phenomenal time capsule of that historic venue and the culture it unleashed upon the world.
Sep 07, 2007 kkurtz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
people of a certain age will get all warm & fuzzy perusing this book. (& rightly so!) wonderful, gritty photos of pre-legendary musicians from an age long gone. a pure, visual joy for youngsters & oldsters alike.
Dec 31, 2008 Lei rated it it was amazing
Like watching a movie of the club that started. The ramones, the new york dolls, and many more bands.
Feb 13, 2007 milton rated it it was amazing
good pictorial history of modern music's last great shrine.
May 18, 2011 Adam rated it liked it
Great shots, could use a few more stories.
Steve Coscia
Jan 01, 2011 Steve Coscia rated it really liked it
Great pictoral essay of a lost era.
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