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by Jim Allen

October 12, 2013

The Real CBGB Soundtrack

by Jim Allen  |  October 12, 2013

Though history-making New York punk birthplace CBGB shut its doors in 2006, the 2013 film of the same name brought the club back into the news, accompanied by a killer soundtrack focusing on the scene's stars (The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Television, Richard Hell, et al). But the CBGB universe was too broad to ever be encompassed by a single album. For every Dead Boys or Dictators there was a Miamis or Nitecaps, who made momentous music that wasn't equally enshrined for posterity. And for all the first-generation '70s punk pioneers, there were just as many hardcore heroes who emerged in the '80s, like Agnostic Front and Bad Brains, not to mention later acts like Living Colour, who forged new sounds on that battered Bowery stage. So here's an opportunity to wander the wider world of vintage CBGB, from punk funk to power pop and beyond. Just try to avoid the restroom.

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