70s CBGB's St Mark's Fire Benefit t-shirt Medium

Chest 19.5 in.

Length 21 in.

Content: Feels like cotton blend

Tag Brand: Blank

This incredible t-shirt is from the benefit concert which took place at the legendary New York punk club C.B.G.B.'s for the 1978 fire at St. Mark's Church In the Bowery. The 1978 fire threatened to permanently destroy the historic church, which was the home of the Poetry Project. This benefit event included both legendary poets and Punk artists. One poster for the event listed artists as follows: Allen Ginsberg, Lou Reed, Tom Carey Band, The Erasers, John Giorno, John Ashbery, Peter Orlovsky, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Anne Waldman, The B Girls, Ted Berrigan, Rene Rieard, The Student Teachers, Andre Voznesensky, Nervus Rex, Ron Padgett, Rudies, Maureen Owen and Son. 

C.B.G.B's was a legendary underground venue for hardcore punk, post punk, metal and alternative rock. C.B.G.B., short for Country, Blue Grass, Blues was converted from a biker bar to a venue for music concerts by Hilly Kristal. Though his initial vision was for just Country, Blue Grass and Blues, Kristal's venue quickly turned into a popular place for punk and new wave concerts. The bar hosted some of the first concerts ever played by the Ramones as well as such iconic acts as Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Talking Heads.

CBGB's evolution into a legendary punk rock venue began around 1973. The collapse of the Mercer Arts Center left unsigned bands few options around New York City to play original music. Locals, Bill Page and Rusty McKenna convinced Kristal to let them book concerts and Mercer refugees such as Suicide, The Fast, and Jayne County began playing at CBGB. The club developed two rules, bands must move their own equipment and they must play mostly original songs, so no cover bands. Artists outside of New York took interest and The Damned played there in 1977, marking the first time a British punk band played in America. The venue became famous for hosting groups such as the Misfits, the Dead Boys, the Dictators, the Fleshtones, the Cramps, the B-52s, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

Fits like a modern unisex adult medium. This shirt is short, please check measurement.


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