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Founded on the Bowery in New York City by Hilly Kristal in 1973; CBGB was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and new wave bands.
In 1998, Hilly Kristal, founder of CBGB, wrote a brief history of the club. Here it is in its unedited entirety
CBGB is the undisputed birthplace of punk
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