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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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Greta
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
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Nycdreamin
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
Excellent. Sorry I never went there. Sort of.
Chris Passingham
it is now a shoe shop
Victor James
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
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.
kkurtz
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.
Lei
Like watching a movie of the club that started. The ramones, the new york dolls, and many more bands.
milton
good pictorial history of modern music's last great shrine.
Adam
Great shots, could use a few more stories.
Steve Coscia
Great pictoral essay of a lost era.
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