Ten years ago this Saturday– on Oct. 15, 2006– CBGB shut its doors after one last show by Patti Smith. To mark the anniversary, you could buy a $98 CBGB t-shirt at John Varvatos or hit the CBGB food stand at Newark airport. Or you could click through these photos taken by some of the folks who documented the club during its heyday.
Emily Armstrong and Pat Ivers shot some 82 bands at 112 performances in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Their Nightclubbing archive, featured on Bedford + Bowery, includes more than two dozen on-camera interviews and a remarkable assortment of music videos, video DJ reels, thousands of photographs and hundreds of pages of ephemera chronicling the local punk and no-wave scene.
Marc H. Miller, along with Bettie Ringma, were the ultimate fans: Bettie snagged photos with musicians like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the Dead Boys for what became the art project “Bettie Visits CBGB.” Whether you’re still mourning the loss or you weren’t even alive when Hilly Kristal opened the club in 1973, you’ll enjoy these photos of some of the legends who emerged from the club.