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CBGB (Country, BlueGrass, and Blues) was a music club at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands like Ramones, Misfits, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Mink DeVille, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, Blondie, The Shirts, and Talking Heads.
In later years, it would mainly become known for Hardcore punk with bands such as U.S. Chaos, Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law, Cro-Mags, Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick of It All, and Youth of Today becoming synonymous with the club. The storefront and large space next door to the club served as the "CBGB Record Canteen" (record shop and cafe) for many years.
Eventually, in the late eighties, the record store was closed and replaced with a second performance space and art gallery, named "CB's 313 Gallery". The gallery went on to showcase many popular bands and singer-songwriters who played in a musical style more akin to acoustic rock, folk, jazz, or experimental music, such as Dadadah, Toshi Reagon, and The Shells, while the original club continued to present mainly hardcore bands and post-punk, metal, and alternative rock acts. (Courtesy cbgb.com)
The Ramones Live at CBGB
CBGB The Movie
The major motion picture CBGB will have its US festival premiere at this year's CBGB Music & Film Festival running October 9 to October 13. Based on the renowned New York club, credited as being the birthplace of American indie & punk, CBGB will kick off this year's festival. The Landmark Sunshine Theater on E. Houston St. will serve as the conference and film festival hub.
Based on the behind-the-scenes story of the beginnings of the US punk movement, CBGB features a talented ensemble cast channeling the prime movers of the era. Starring Alan Rickman (HARRY POTTER, LOVE ACTUALLY) as late CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, the film chronicles the creation of the music landmark and musical movement that spawned Blondie, Television, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Other stars in the film include Malin Akerman (WATCHMEN, THE PROPOSAL) as Debbie Harry of Blondie, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) as Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner (FRANCIS HA) as Patti Smith, Rupert Grint (HARRY POTTER) as Cheetah Chrome of Dead Boys, and Johnny Galecki (THE BIG BANG THEORY) as record exec Terry Ork among many others. Read more.
6. The Grateful Dead play Egypt
Eight years talking about the long, strange trip they’ve been on, the Grateful Dead took it to new levels. On Sept. 14, 1978, they performed the first of three shows at the Sound and Light Theater in the shadow of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.
The decision to go was the brainchild of bassist Phil Lesh. “It sort of became my project because I was one of the first people in the band who was on the trip of playing at places of power,” he said in ‘The Grateful Dead Reader.’ “You know, power that’s been preserved from the ancient world. The pyramids are like the obvious number one choice because no matter what anyone thinks they might be, there is definitely some kind of mojo about the pyramids.”
Lesh worked out the logistics with the Egyptian government and agreed to donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the country’s Department of Antiquities, which preserves Egypt’s ancient wonders.
Naturally, it wouldn’t be a Dead tour if everything ran smoothly. According to Rolling Stone, one of their trucks got bogged down in the sand and had to be pulled out by camels. In addition, an injury to Bill Kreutzmann caused him to drum one-handed throughout the stint.
Although the performances are considered to be uneven, there are still plenty of highlights, including the second live performance of ‘Shakedown Street,’ which had yet to be recorded, and ‘Stella Blue.’ The group also brought on Egyptian oud player Hamza El Din for his song ‘Ollin Arageed,’ and he stayed on for ‘Fire on the Mountain’ which moved into ‘Iko Iko.’
Fans from all over the world traveled to Egypt to catch the band at the historic site, and for the last show on Sept. 16, they witnessed a total lunar eclipse during the concert.
The Dead recorded all three nights with the intention of putting out a live album, but technical problems ruined the tapes from the first date and much of the second. In 2008, they released ‘Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978′ as a two-CD/DVD box set comprised of the best performances of the last two concerts. (Courtesy UltimateClassicRock.com)