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CBGB Shut Down 15 Years Ago on the Bowery

Posted October 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

Fifteen years ago. This was the night – arguably – that the last breath of punk exhaled on the Bowery. When CBGB concluded its residence at 315 Bowery. And the block could not look any different today. The former venue became, and remains, the upscale John Varvatos boutique; while its old CB’s Gallery space is […]

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‘New York, New Music’ and Old ‘80s Stories from those Who Lived It

Posted July 15, 2021 at 5:08 am

We recently wrote about the new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, “New York, New Music: 1980-1986.” Filled with videos, photographs, and memorabilia, the show documents the period’s cross-pollination of the diverse musical genres exploding at the time. We decided to talk to some of the people who were part of […]

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Revisiting the 1980s ‘New Music’ Scene at Museum of the City of New York

Last modified July 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

Back in the ’80s, how did you find like-minded people who were interested in the same music as you? How did you learn about new music? And how did musicians of different genres learn about other types of music, and find one another? If you were in New York City, it was easy to find […]

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Walter Lure, Guitarist for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Dies at 71

Posted August 24, 2020 at 5:08 am

Walter Lure, rhythm guitarist and last surviving member of punk legends Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, passed away Saturday afternoon after a brief bout with cancer. He was 71. News of his death was first announced by the Starwood Nightclub in Los Angeles. “Walter was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in July 2020, which […]

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Shepard Fairey’s Blondie on the Bowery is Defaced

Posted August 10, 2020 at 5:03 am

Debbie has been defaced. The large-scale mural of Debbie Harry – painted by Shepard Fairey in August 2017 – is now compromised. Taggers recently targeted the image of the Blondie front woman, which sits across the Bowery from the former home of CBGB. The Little Italy Street Art Project commissioned Shepard Fairey for the job […]

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Talking Head Chris Frantz Talks About Life and Music on the Bowery in the 1970s

Posted July 21, 2020 at 5:14 am

Chris Frantz – drummer of seminal art rock band Talking Heads – is out with a new memoir today called Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina. In it, he describes his connection to the Lower East Side, and how it propelled the band to stardom. Aside from the obvious CBGB relationship – […]

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‘Punk’ Docuseries Attempts to Answer All of Your Punk Questions

Last modified March 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Is it punk to create a documentary series about punk? Or is that the antithesis of the spirit itself? While watching the new docu-series Punk on the Epix network, I found myself asking these questions. Was I no longer a happy nonconformist if I actually liked this series? Does punk endure, or are some of […]

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Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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Punk Couple ‘Dennis and Lois’ Dish on their 40-Year Love Affair with Music [INTERVIEW]

Posted November 16, 2018 at 8:49 am

New York couple Dennis and Lois consume concerts at the same frenetic pace as many of the acts they see perform their sets (sometimes they see four shows a week, sometimes it’s brief overnight stint in Manchester). They are the ultimate punk fans, a lifetime music-driven couple. And the best kind of cool – matter […]

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Target and the Tale of Two (Storefront) Tributes

Last modified July 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

Anyone still disgusted by the marketing gimmicks of Target’s new Alphabet City store should head on down to Orchard Street for James and Karla Murray’s “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” photography exhibit to see how a proper homage to the New York City storefront is done. The couple’s storefront-persevering photography exhibition opened just days […]

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