Hilly Kristal has died.
Apparently he had lung cancer.
It's sad to me that after fighting for years to save the seminal punk club he founded, CBGB's, and losing that battle, he then lost his life less than a year later.
He was 75 years old.
Here's a performance by the Ramones at CBGB in 1977.
And here's Blondie performing there the same year:
It's lame and depressing how almost all the cool parts of New York City are being swallowed up by rents and landlords and all that gentrifying junk.
The first time I ever went to NYC I was 19 years old and super wide eyed and I dragged my friends to CBGB. I coulda sworn I could still smell Lou Reed and Dee Dee Ramone in the dirt coating the street there in the Bowery. We didn't have fake IDs and we were obviously too young to get in to the club but I went into the shop next door and got a shirt and wore it proudly for about 5 years....until Hot Topic started hawking them and every mall rat across America suddenly had one...Everything rock n roll started to feel even more hollow at that point.