CBGB’s and the Birth of U.S. Punk

CBGB’s and the Birth of U.S. Punk

Disc review

When owner Hilly Kristal opened the Country Bluegrass Blues club in New York’s Bowery district in 1973, he never envisioned that the puny stage and dance floor would help launch the revolution that would forever change rock’n'roll. CBGB’s became synonymous with the nascent punk rock movement, and bands like The Ramones, Television, Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Blondie, Richard Hell & The Voidoids would find themselves at the vanguard of Western counterculture. These join 12 other avant garage rock contemporaries on CBGB’s and the Birth of U.S. Punk, which more than lives up to the club’s motto, OMFUG: Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers. Though the sound quality is about what you’d expect, this is still document, primer and essential listening all in one. (Jamie O’Meara)

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