The Ramones first play CBGBs
16 August 1974
CBGBs became synonymous with the rise of punk in New York, though owner Hilly Krystal had other plans for the venue's booking policy (Country, Bluegrass and Blues). The club's involvement with punk (or 'street music') began when Television took up a residency in the spring of 1974 (part of the deal was that the band build their own stage). The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads and The Dead Boys followed in their wake; the only rule was that bands play all original material - no covers. Patti Smith played the final gig at CBGBs, in October 2007.