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CBGB's (country,bluegrass,blues) - 1970s punk club

GUEST,Charley O'Neill 07 May 09 - 09:08 AM
Wesley S 07 May 09 - 09:17 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 07 May 09 - 10:40 AM
Wesley S 07 May 09 - 11:02 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 07 May 09 - 11:11 AM
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Subject: CBGB's
From: GUEST,Charley O'Neill
Date: 07 May 09 - 09:08 AM

Been doing a bit of reading on the 70's U.S punk scene, of which the club CBGB's plays a massive part. The initials CBGB stands for Country, Bluegrass and Blues. Anyone know if anyone vaguely, or indeed strongly representing the aforementioned genres actually played there at any point ?, or just Ramones, Blondie, Television and their contemporaries


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Subject: RE: CBGB's
From: Wesley S
Date: 07 May 09 - 09:17 AM

I could be wrong but I thought I read that they had a diverse bunch of live acts before the punk thing caught on. But once that started they stuck with it. With safety pins.


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Subject: RE: CBGB's
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 07 May 09 - 10:40 AM

The offical name was CBGB OMFUG - "Country Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers". While it wasn't called "punk" at the start, the club was booking alternative rock bands from the start. I cannot recall any "country" or roots music being offered there since they were successful with the rock music that became "punk".

It was a great club.


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Subject: RE: CBGB's
From: Wesley S
Date: 07 May 09 - 11:02 AM

Since I've never been there I'll trust Ron on this one.


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Subject: RE: CBGB's
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 07 May 09 - 11:11 AM

I think the intent was to make it diverse, but the owner smelled money when bands like Television were bringing in crowds.   At the time, the folk/country/blues crowds had other clubs in the Village to share their music.


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