Author(s): Hilly Kristal
Hilly Kristal originally intended CBGB & OMFUG to showcase the type of music his venue's notorious letters stand for - Country, Bluegrass, Blues. Little did he know when he opened his club under a flophouse on the Bowery that it would become the birthplace of a new era of music in New York City - Punk.
Hilly Kristal is the founder and owner CBGB & OMFUG. He has contributed an introduction. David Byrne has contributed the afterword. He is co-founder of the musical group Talking Heads, and is also a successful artist with recent exhibitions at Pace/McGill in New York.