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  1. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  2. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Blondie at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  3. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Hilly Kristal outside of CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  4. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Ian Hunter (right) at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  5. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    Brian Gregory of The Cramps at CBGB.

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  6. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys.

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  7. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Patti Smith outside of CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  8. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  9. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Ramones performing at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  10. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Dead Boys and Divine The Neon Woman at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  11. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys.

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  12. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  13. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys.

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  14. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Jarmusch with Klaus Nomi and Christopher Parker outside of CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  15. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Talking Heads at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  16. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Ramones at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  17. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    Lux Interior of The Cramps.

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  18. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Dictators outside of CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  19. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  20. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Sylvia Reed and Anya Philips outside of CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

  21. Photograph: Ed Waste
    Photograph: Ed Waste

    Lux Interior of The Cramps.

    CBGB photos from 1979 by Ed Waste

  22. Photograph: David Godlis
    Photograph: David Godlis

    Closing time at CBGB.

    Buy David Godlis' book CBGB Photos by GODLIS 1976-1979

See photos of the legendary CBGB in its heyday

These vintage photos of the city’s most famous rock club will make you pine for the scuzzy cool of old New York

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It's simple: CBGB is New York City rock. When former jazz booker Hilly Krystal opened the club in 1973, he christened it with initials that stood for "country, bluegrass, blues," but as any self-respecting local arts connoissuer knows, those genres weren't the ones that ended up making the East Village venue one of the most legendary clubs in the world. To this day, even as a luxury boutique occupies its former space at 315 Bowery, the club is synonymous with the ’70s and ’80s punk movement, in all its many forms, from the arty cool of Television, Talking Heads and Blondie to the scuzzier likes of the Ramones, Suicide and Bad Brains. Below, take a journey back to a time before the heart of the local music scene relocated to Brooklyn, when a grimy club on the Bowery seemed like the center of the rock universe.

These incredible photos come courtesy of two photographers: David Godlis (black and white), who will shortly publish a collection of his classic pictures after a successful Kickstarter campaign, and Ed Waste (color), who has more fantastic work on his Flickr page.
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