CBGB & OMFUG or ‘Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music for Uplifting Gormandizers’ was where it all began. Originally intended to give a platform for less anarchical genres of music, CBGB’s beginnings were quiet. But then Punk found it.
CBGB was the sanctuary for misfits. Punks. Gormandisers. Or just about anyone else that dared wade through the door. New York’s infamous no-fuss, original-music-only attitude gig venue didn’t care about notoriety. It didn’t care about status. CBGB didn’t even care if you were any good. As long as you felt strongly enough about what you were doing and had a passion for creating and performing music, you got a slot.
‘ORIGINALITY WAS PRIME, TECHNIQUE TOOK SECOND PLACE’ – Hilly Krystal, late Owner and Founder of CBGB
With performances from artists like Blondie, The Cramps and The Ramones, CBGB & OMFUG wasn’t just vital to the punk movement. Its representation of rebellion, anarchy and everything that went against the grain changed the entire music industry.
But then the 90s hit. Rent went up and attendance went down. Hardcore gigs started to get out of hand and complaints from an increasingly more affluent neighbourhood meant less and less bookings. CBGB’s last gig was held in 2006 and saw Patti Smith bid the world’s most famous dive bar one last farewell. But the spirit will live on forever.
Dr. Martens have partnered up with CBGB to relive the mayhem from its heyday in the form of two limited edition 1460 boots. The first is black with CBGB & OMFUG lettering on the vamp and matching laces. And the second is printed from top to bottom with the vibrant, chaotic CBGB graffiti.
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