Sure, there’s a lot on the Internet that is utter nonsense and sometimes even psychologically damaging, but then there are little gems like this: Virtual Tour of CBGBs.
Let the Flash load (it’s slow) because it’s so worth it. Get a 360 degree panoramic view of the legendary punk bar. Zoom in on graffiti. See Hilly sitting in his office chair. Walk around the stage, soundboard, and backstage areas. You’ll recognize the images as an updated version of this but the functionality is much better and gives you a more personal look at the club than you likely could have had when it was open.
CBGBs closed on October 15, 2006 after 33 years as THE punk club in New York (if not all of America) and is now a storefront for high-end men’s fashion designer John Varvatos.
This is a real service and such great use of technology. Check it out.
I’ve been to CBGBs plenty of times. Hell, I’ve even played there three times. The place hasn’t been attracting big name bands for years, but since they lost their lease all the bands that cut their teeth at the club have been coming out in droves to show their love and respect for Hilly Krystal and the little club he opened 33 years ago.
Tickets for this last show sold out in 8 minutes on October 1, and I didn’t have one. I figured I’d stay home and listen to the live satellite radio broadcast and enjoy it that way, but this past week as the end came closer I thought I should go and attempt to bullshit my way into the show.
I got to CBGBs on Sunday at five o’clock pm and there were 30 people in line already. Doors were scheduled to open at 8. There were dozens of news trucks, camera crews and press in front of the club. Patti arrived around 6 and everyone broke into applause. I didn’t know she was so tiny. She came out a while later taking photos of the front of the club as the press swarmed around her and she answered their questions. It seemed everyone has a camera these days and wanted their picture taken in front of the club. I did it too.
GLONO alum Stacey K. Anderson files a report for the Metro Times on Detroit noise machine the Hard Lessons’ gig in the final days of CBGB.
Among the gems that illustrate why we loved Stacey from first glance:
“Detroit? Sorry, never been there. I imagine it’s a magical, overcast place where everyone grouses about the auto industry, apologizes for Michael Moore and tolerates Canadians for drug-related purposes.”
“CBGB may change locations, but it won’t go anywhere if promising bands like this keep appearing, inspired by the collective force of its past.
Wow. This is pretty great. The hilariously named AOL Music Indie Blog is streaming the new Bad Brains Live at CBGB 1982 DVD in its entirety. Not sure how long they keep these things up there, so get it while you can…
Downer at the Rock and Roll Club by Lenny Kaye: “Lumped together as punk, a sensibility not yet stylized into Ramonic thrum-and-drang and exported to an England skilled at packaging youth subculture, the various bands of CBGB’s first generation brought a fresh sensibility to a rock and roll that, as always, needed to be reminded why it began in the first place.”