A Punk Landmark: CBGB

Where the Punk Scene broke out in New York City

CBGB exterior, Google images

By the early seventies, as punk and underground rock crashed New York City’s music scene, a local bar opened for business somewhere in downtown Manhattan.

CBGB & OMFG- which stood for country, bluegrass, blues & other music for uplifting gormandizers– was founded in 1973 by a man named Hilly Kristal. As a music fan, he wanted to open a bar where people could enjoy live music and good company. Kristal booked music groups for cheap gigs and, in time, his bar became one of the central hubs for punk music.

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