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The CBGB Awning Sold And Surprising No One, It Was Hella Expensive

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

Punk’s not dead– it’s just super expensive. One of the very few CBGB awnings EVER made was sold at an auction this past weekend, and the prediction that it would cost a dumb amount of money was spot on. How much is a dumb amount of money, you ask? Approximately $30,000.

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CBGB Pops Up on the LES, Via Flood’s Tribute to MCA and Raybeez

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No, it’s not the latest location of CBGB Newark Airport.

Flood, the street artist best known for throwing up damning images of Fat Albert, was back it today, this time slapping up a tribute to CBs at the corner of Ludlow and Stanton. On the left is Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys, a “hero” of Flood’s, and on the right is Raymond “Raybeez” Barbieri from LES hardcore band Warzone, whom Flood described as “the dad of the scene. He really took care of us.” Looking over them is Hilly Kristal. “Thousands of us kids here in New York had nowhere to go or play or anything,” Flood said of Kristal. “This guy gave it to us.”

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From the Factory to Clublandia, Two Exhibitions Will Bring You Back to the Good Ol’ Days

The Last Party exhibition at WhiteBox (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The Last Party exhibition at WhiteBox (Photo: Nicole Disser)

While wandering from gallery to gallery yesterday in the Lower East Side, soaking up a pair of museum-like nostalgia exhibitions focusing on at least one part if not all of a few-decades long span from Warhol’s Factory days through the ’90s club kid scene, I started thinking about a conversation I’d had with one JJ Brine, Satanic gallerist extraordinaire. Before JJ took off for Vanuatu (btw according to his Facebook page, he made it just fine), he explained he was departing indefinitely because he was frustrated with what he understood as New York City’s unusual fixation on the past at the expense of devoting energy to the future. I couldn’t have agreed more, but somehow The Last Party and Michael Alig’s appropriately-titled solo exhibition, Inside / Out succeed in drawing a line, however crooked, between the past and the present and making this nostalgia part of current existence. How? Well, I felt as though I could almost see myself in some of the blurry old party photos and even the creepy clown-like painted odes to various poisons of choice.

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ABC No Rio Co-Founder Recalls a New Era of Hardcore in Exhibit and Screening

Freddy (Photo: Loizos Gatzaris‎)

Freddy Alva (Photo: Loizos Gatzaris‎)

Once upon a time there were things called subcultures, that managed to thrive despite promotion through “social channels” or sponsorships from energy drinks. Since 1980, 156 Rivington Street has been a subculture enclave for activists, artists, counter culturists, and assorted noisemakers, providing a non-profit space to exchange ideas and physically interact. It’s not secret that the hardcore punk scene was once a magnet for such individuals, so when the storied matinee shows at CBGB became too violent in the late-’80s, punk turned off the Bowery to Rivington Street to ABC No Rio.

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Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s John Lydon Giving St. Vitus a Taste Of His New Memoir

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

It’s not often you see Monty Python and John Lydon in the space of a week, but there was Britain’s other living legend at St. Vitus last night, chatting with Pitchfork’s Jenn Pelly about his new autobiography Anger Is an Energy. The book, out this week, tells how a childhood bout with meningitis shaped his personality (“I’m a shy, sensitive kind of fellow,” he insisted to the incredulous crowd at St. Vitus) and then goes on to recount his trailblazing and troublemaking with the Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd., and, of course, his later dalliances with reality tv (that time he showed off his “fried-egg breasts” in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!) and butter commercials (“the most anarchistic thing I’ve ever been presented with”).

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'Screw Off, New York': Kroll Show's 'Too Much Tuna' Guys Have Had Enough

We’re still kicking ourselves for missing Nick Kroll and John Mulaney at the 92nd Street Y last night (we will not be missing Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the Better Call Saul gang ), but at least we got to see their characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in full NYC curmudgeon mode during last night’s episode of Kroll Show.
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Marky Ramone On Life as a Ramone in the E. Village: ‘Everybody Was Psychedelized’

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

(Photo: Frank Mastropolo)

No band is more identified with the East Village than the Ramones. The band’s performances at Hilly Kristal’s CBGB and other neighborhood venues defined punk rock forever. In 2003, the corner of the Bowery and Second Street near CBGB was officially named Joey Ramone Place. Over time, members of the group lived, drank and hung out in the East Village.
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CBGB’s Walls, Cash Register, and Phone Booth Revived For New YouTube Space

(Photo: Angelo Fabara)

(Photos: Angelo Fabara)

When YouTube opened one of its public production facilities in Los Angeles, the head of the project cited CBGBs as the sort of community hub they were trying to create. “We like to say the new Debbie Harry will meet the next Ramones here and a great partnership will be born,” he told FT. Now a fourth YouTube Space has opened in New York with elements of the actual CBGB in place.
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Chris Stein of Blondie: ‘Miley Cyrus at Her Craziest is Not Really Dangerous’

All images by Chris Stein from the book "Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk," and the exhibition of the same name at Somerset House in London, November 5 to January 25.

All images by Chris Stein from the book “Negative: Me, Blondie and The Advent of Punk,” and the exhibition of the same name at Somerset House in London, November 5 to January 25.

Few people personify the downtown New York aesthetic like Chris Stein. As the guitarist of Blondie, he’s helped to define—and defy—what people talk about when they talk about New York. Fortunately for us, he was documenting his adventures in the dangerous old New York, as proven in his book of photographs. These were shown at the Chelsea Hotel in September, and a new show opened yesterday on the other side of the pond at the Somerset House in London.
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Dig These Fossilized Bics, Picks and Drumsticks

(Photos: Claudia Prat, unless noted.)

(Photos: Clàudia Prat, unless noted)

Let’s face it, CBGB is long gone — even if organizers of this month’s CBGB Festival are trying to bring it back in the form of a LES club and, um, a microdistillery. But across the street from its old location, rock and roll can never die — thanks to some ceramic microphones, drumsticks and bottles of Jack.
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