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Hilly Kristal originally intended CBGB & OMFUG to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for - Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know when he opened his club under a flophouse on the Bowery that it would become the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City - Punk. While the letters CBGB ultimately didn't describe the music the club wa Hilly Kristal originally intended CBGB & OMFUG to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for - Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know when he opened his club under a flophouse on the Bowery that it would become the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City - Punk. While the letters CBGB ultimately didn't describe the music the club was renowned for, OMFUG (Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers) still represents what the club provides for all voracious consumers of music. These pages pay homage to a musical and cultural landmark. It is a spectacular photography compilation which features some of the most celebrated artists in musical history and chronicles the last 30 years of rock and roll. It also showcases photographs of famous patrons, including Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg and Jim Jarmusch.


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Hilly Kristal originally intended CBGB & OMFUG to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for - Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know when he opened his club under a flophouse on the Bowery that it would become the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City - Punk. While the letters CBGB ultimately didn't describe the music the club wa Hilly Kristal originally intended CBGB & OMFUG to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for - Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know when he opened his club under a flophouse on the Bowery that it would become the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City - Punk. While the letters CBGB ultimately didn't describe the music the club was renowned for, OMFUG (Other Music for Uplifting Gourmandizers) still represents what the club provides for all voracious consumers of music. These pages pay homage to a musical and cultural landmark. It is a spectacular photography compilation which features some of the most celebrated artists in musical history and chronicles the last 30 years of rock and roll. It also showcases photographs of famous patrons, including Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg and Jim Jarmusch.

30 review for CBGB & OMFUG: Thirty Years from the Home of Underground Rock

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gon Zalo

    Hermoso recorrido en fotos que va retratando año tras año la historia del lugar más emblemático del under. Una joyita.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cicada

    It's a great little nostalgia book, full of photos, and little stories of famous musicians and their first time at said venue, but that's about it. Great as a catalog to remember the venue by. I am interested in seeing the layout of the venue in it's prime, as everyone in the book points out to the 'great sound' it had. I visited the former CBGB's recently (where I bought this book), it is now a clothes shop, but they still kept some original CBGB's things. I was confused whether the stage was ac It's a great little nostalgia book, full of photos, and little stories of famous musicians and their first time at said venue, but that's about it. Great as a catalog to remember the venue by. I am interested in seeing the layout of the venue in it's prime, as everyone in the book points out to the 'great sound' it had. I visited the former CBGB's recently (where I bought this book), it is now a clothes shop, but they still kept some original CBGB's things. I was confused whether the stage was actually on the side of the venue (because to me, that would probably give a rather horrible, crappy sound - especially if the sound is punk music) and this clothing shop kept the stage (or so I think?) So, ideally, a proper book about CBGBs, it's layout, the sound, etc. would've been more fascinating to me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alex Aloise

    My favorite music in the world was born inside CBGBs. I hate that I never made my way there before it closed down. This book is a phenomenal time capsule of that historic venue and the culture it unleashed upon the world.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Victor James

    I think this was an interesting book about how the punk scene was along time ago. I find this book interesting to read because it shows pictures of the bands that used to play there and they had a summary about them. For example the Ramones would play at CBGB.

  5. 4 out of 5

    kkurtz

    people of a certain age will get all warm & fuzzy perusing this book. (& rightly so!) wonderful, gritty photos of pre-legendary musicians from an age long gone. a pure, visual joy for youngsters & oldsters alike.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lei

    Like watching a movie of the club that started. The ramones, the new york dolls, and many more bands.

  7. 4 out of 5

    milton

    good pictorial history of modern music's last great shrine. good pictorial history of modern music's last great shrine.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steve Coscia

    Great pictoral essay of a lost era.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen Sexton-Riley

    Excellent. Sorry I never went there. Sort of.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris Passingham

    it is now a shoe shop

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Great shots, could use a few more stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hillary Marek

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Reschigna

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pauletergeist

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Disneyq

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agung Wicaksana

  17. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hanlon

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margo

  19. 4 out of 5

    Len Vlahos

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fahmi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Courtenay

  22. 4 out of 5

    littlewitch34

  23. 4 out of 5

    Noreen O'Connor

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lorena Medius

  25. 4 out of 5

    TallboyScottShewan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Vacchino

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christine

  30. 5 out of 5

    -c.kulesa

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