CBGB: The End of an Era
After including a CNN piece on the close of punk landmark club CBGB in my round-up yesterday, I decided this end of an era in live music required an individual round-up post of its own.
- Today's elegiac coverage of the last show at CBGB -- a lovely piece by the always-excellent Jon Pereles (you can never tell if he doesn't like the music he's writing about, but when he does like it, the affection shines through). Check the sidebars for a slideshow of photos from last night's show and some assorted vintage shots of The Ramones and Tom Verlaine (ex of Television).
- Interview with Legs McNeil, co-author of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. I recommended this book yesterday, and I want to put a finer point on it today -- this is the essential book to read and to recommend to those seeking to understand where punk (the NYC version of it, at least) came from, why it was important, and why it's still resonant today. There's a reason bands like Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Panic! At the Disco speak so clearly to their passionate audiences -- they understand and deliver the urgent, loud, searing message of punk. Purists can debate the meaning of punk, who's really punk, and who's not ad nauseam, but that's not what matters. Fans know what matters.
- NY Post coverage, including their own oral history of CBGB. Nice.
- Later, that same day...But wait! There's more! EW's PopWatch has two posts about the club's close, here and here. The latter post is from September, 2005, when news of CBGB's close first broke.
- And, finally, you can view some footage of performances at CBGB at YouTube.