CBGB, New York – legendary birthplace of punk-rock

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Blondie’s Chris Stein and Debbie Harry pictured with Ramones cohort Arturo Vega (left) in 1978, at a benefit gig to raise money for Dead Boys drummer Johnny Blitz, who was badly hurt in hospital. The pictures in this gallery are all taken from a new exhibition, ‘Budweiser Presents CBGB: The Home Of Underground Rock’, which opens today (June 4) at Proud Camden. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk

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Joey Ramone onstage at CBGB, 1977. Founded in 1973, Manhattan club CBGB became a crucible for the burgeoning punk rock movement, hosting early gigs by Television, The Ramones, Misfits and the Patti Smith Group. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk

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Lux Interior of The Cramps, onstage at CBGB in 1977. The club has been credited with spawning not just one, but two musical movements. After its punk-rock heyday, in the 80s CBGB became the epicentre of hardcore, hosting gigs by such influential bands as Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuits and Youth Of Today. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk


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Club owner Hilly Kristal, pictured outside CBGB, 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street, Manhattan, 1976. Here you can see the club’s original, iconic canapé, which subsequently got stolen and was replaced with a replica. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk


The Jam’s Paul Weller, pictured backstage before a gig in 1977. CBGB’s dressing room was tiny, measuring just 6 by 9 ft. By this point, CBGB’s reputation was spreading and it was able to host, not just New York bands, but up-and-coming UK acts such as The Police and The Jam. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk


Television onstage in 1977, breaking in a new stage and a new sound system especially designed for the room. Television are closely identified with CBGB – since 1974 they had had a long-running Sunday night residency at the club. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk

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The Velvet Underground’s John Cale and Lou Reed, with punk-rock journalist Lisa Robinson and (far right) Alan Lanier of Blue Oyster Cult, backstage in 1977. The club’s reputation ensured it was a hang-out for bands, as well as a place to watch live music. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk


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Paul Simon back stage with Television’s Richard Lloyd, Fred Smith and Tom Verlaine, 1977.  Paul Simon was a frequent visitor to the club, despite being not remotely punk-rock. CBGB was a magnet for ’70s scenesters – Mick Jagger, Allan Ginsberg and Andy Warhol all visited at various times. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk


The Ramones onstage in 1977, shortly before the release of their third album ‘Rocket To Russia’ (produced by Jon Bon Jovi’s cousin, fact fans). The band were still almost unknown outside New York. CBGB was almost unique in booking bands to play original material, regardless of how much of a following they had. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk


UK punks The Damned, onstage at CBGB in 1977. CBGB was forced to close in 2006 after a long-running dispute between club owner Holly Kristal and his landlord. At the time of his cancer-related death in 2007, Kristal was still hoping to re-open CBGB in Las Vegas. “All I
have to do is get a little more money,” he said at the time. “Everything takes a lot of
money.” Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk

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Andy Warhol in the crowd for a Television gig, 1976. The images in this gallery are all taken from a new exhibition, ‘Budweiser Presents CBGB: The Home Of Underground Rock’, which opens today (June 4) at Proud Camden. Photo: Lisa J. Kristal/www.proud.co.uk