CBGB was a New York club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan’s East Village. The letters CBGB originally stood for“Country, Blue Grass, and Blues,” but the former biker bar came to be a famous venue for punk rock and new wave bands. The venue has a lot to brag about having given bands like the Beastie Boys, the Misfits, Blondie, and the Ramones their big break. Bands appreciated the easygoing nature of CBGB. The two rules were that any band playing must move its own equipment and play mostly original songs — cover bands were not welcome.
In 2005 a controversy over rent took down the iconic location and its owners. The landlord claimed back rent was due to the tune of $90,000. An agreement was reached in which CBGB would leave by September, 2006. Referring to the move, club owner Hilly Kristal said they would take everything including the urinals. The famous awning reading“CBGB OMFUG” is immortalized on this shirt, and when you wear it, you’re paying homage to one of the greatest venues of rock n’ roll. Needless to say: rock it responsibly.
“CBGB & OMFUG” logo centered.
Text:“CBGB & OMFUG: King of Underground Rock”
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