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Hilly Kristal’s Long Road to the Bowery and Rock and Roll Legend

Hillel (Hilly) Kristal, founder of legendary rock club CBGB, was born on September 23, 1931 in New York City. His early life, well into adulthood, might not have given any hint of the legendary status he would earn in the …

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Psycho Killer! Qu’est-ce Que C’est? The Talking Heads at CBGB

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne was 23 years old when he and his band took the stage for the first time at the legendary CBGB. It was June 20, 1975, and the Talking Heads – just one year old as …

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Exploring East Village Music Meccas with Building Blocks

This is part of a series of curated tours to help the public explore the buildings and history shared on our recently-launched East Village Building Blocks site — see it here. From 19th-century concert halls to punk palaces of the 1970s, many influential music …

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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 …

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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 …

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Honoring Patti Smith

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the extraordinary Patti Smith accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature on behalf of Bob Dylan in Stockholm, Sweden. In a transcendent performance, Smith was overwhelmed with emotion when she stopped mid-performance only to begin again …

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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 …

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Unrecognizable: Former Village Institutions and what has taken their place

It’s no secret that the Village has changed.  However, due to rising demand for real estate, hyper-gentrification threatens the unique and special fabric of our neighborhoods.  It’s not just small and independent businesses and cultural institutions that are being lost, but …

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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 …

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Happy Birthday, Truman Capote

The writer we know as Truman Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on September 30, 1924 in New Orleans. Although he grew up in the South, he and his family moved to New York in 1933, where he lived until …

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