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CBGB's Founder Dead At 75

MTV.com reports that Hilly Kristal, the founder of legendary New York punk rock venue CBGB, died on Tuesday from complications from lung cancer at the age of 75.

Kristal, who opened the now-defunct venue in 1973 in the then-gritty Bowery neighborhood in Manhattan, is credited with helping to launch the mid-'70s punk revolution with his championing of bands such as the RAMONES, BLONDIE, TALKING HEADS, TELEVISION and PATTI SMITH. Following a final show in October of 2006, Kristal had discussed plans to take the venue to Las Vegas.

Nu- metal pioneers Korn filmed a small concert at the venue and released it as a bonus DVD as part of their greatest hits package.

CBGB, which opened in December 1973, was officially called CBGB & OMFUG, which stood for "Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers."

Read more at MTV.com.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Acid Rain writes:

Wow RIP man sucks

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2. RememberMetal? writes:

Damn.

CBGB's was instrumental in punk and hardcore and to a lesser extent metal and straight ahead rock acts building name recognition. It's a shame.

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3. Gytrash writes:

A legend passes on. That man was responsible for a good few chapters in the Great Book of Rock!

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4. Jrizzle writes:

That sucks. R.I.P.

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5. FunkMound writes:

What the f***? I'm wearing my CBGB shirt now! God damnit, I killed him!

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6. ZT writes:

RIP Hilly! RIP CBGB's!

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