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  • Happy Birthday, Debbie Harry

    Deborah Harry, lead singer of the seminal punk and new wave band Blondie, was born July 1, 1945.  Both she as an artist and the group Blondie grew out of the ferment of the downtown scene of  the Village and East Village in the 1970’s. […]

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  • A History of the East Village in 10 Objects

    The following is an updated re-posting originally authored by Dana Schulz. As May is Lower East Side History Month, we at GVSHP thought it would be nice to revisit a post from 2012 which gives a nod to ‘A History of the World in 100 […]

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  • April 23, 1976: Ramones Debut Album Released; Music Changed Forever

    On April 23, 1976, the Ramones self-titled debut album was released, changing the face of music forever. Clocking in at just 29 minutes, ‘The Ramones’ was the absolute antithesis of the bloated, album-oriented, arena rock of the era. It was quick, it was simple, and […]

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  • The Ramones’ First Performance

    On March 30, 1974, the Ramones played their very first public performance. The Ramones are of course considered the inventors of punk rock, as well as the ultimate downtown band and the embodiment of the CBGB’s scene. The Ramones’ lightning-fast performances rarely lasted more than a […]

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  • This Day in 1979: The Talking Heads’ ‘Life During Wartime’ is released

    On this day in 1979, The Talking Heads released their single ‘Life During Wartime‘ from the album Fear of Music.  The song not only went on the be a classic of the band’s, the era, and the genre, but perhaps no song better captured the […]

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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat and the East Village art scene of the 1980’s

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life and work are synonymous with the East Village/NoHo art scene of the 1980’s.  From his early years as a burgeoning young artist while studying at City-as-School, a progressive high school GVSHP proposed for historic district designation which operates on the principles of John Dewey’s […]

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  • Happy Birthday Combat Rock and Joey Ramone

    We have two great birthdays in the world of punk to mark.  The two celebrants straddle the East and West Village, and both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • The Ramones’ First Public Performances

    The Ramones sprung onto the scene in mid-1974, revolutionizing rock music and performance by reinjecting energy, simplicity, and humor into a genre which had become increasingly serious, self-important, and bloated.  In the midst of presidential scandals and resignations, urban decay, and disintegrating social fabric, the […]

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  • Remembering CBGB’s

    CBGB’s, the legendary rock club on the Bowery and Bleecker closed its doors on October 15, 2006, due to lease issues, 33 years after it opened. The last evening at CBGB’s featured a headline set by Patti Smith, an unforgettable evening outlined by one fan […]

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  • A Genius of Music and Art

    Thirty years ago this month, in September 1981, the infectious and other-worldly sound of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” was unleashed upon the world.  The song became a club hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the thirty years since its synthetic […]

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