Friday, August 31, 2007

Hilly Kristal Dead at 75

While his club closed it's doors last October and his real contribution was considerably further in the past, it was still a sad day for rock n roll. At least he didn't hang on long enough to destroy his legacy by re-opening CBGB's in Las Vegas though.

Check out the story.

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Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, because you know SOMEONE's gonna reopen it somewhere somehow, maybe even franchise the sucker so you'll have one in your own city...I'm sad he died, but at least he'll be spared the future exploitation of his masterwork

6:45 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

and then I re-read your post and an article handed over to me and it sounded like any future exploitation was part of his personal much for that last comment

9:06 PM  
Blogger bob_vinyl said...

Yeah, I knew he had plans to re-open in Vegas. I'm pretty sure that would have been bad, but you never know. I never did get to see a show there.

9:36 PM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

Bah. His club was a shithole that stopped mattering a very long time ago. Sure, the sound was always good and there were occasionally some unique and talented groups, but it was mainly a room for unsigned bands to parade before the record label execs who would cab down from Midtown.

If you want to celebrate a room that balanced business and art, kick Hilly's crusty ass off the pedestal and put the Knitting Factory up there. Any asshole can make money off of some desperate punk band from Jersey who will bus in 100 of their fans; it takes someone special to make a living from experimentalism in all of its odd colors.

CBGB was dead a long time ago. Maybe now, it can finally rest in peace.

2:53 PM  

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