The schmucks of CBGB.

The schmucks of CBGB.

Pop, jazz, and classical.
Oct. 13 2006 7:33 AM

Rock 'n' Roll Schmuck

The legendary New York club CBGB closes upon a legacy including the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Television. And then there's me.

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"If this place ever closes, they should give that backstage wall to the Historical Society."

"That won't happen," she said.


I was about to protest—conservators can move Roman frescoes, why not Manhattan drywall?—but then I realized that maybe she meant that the closure would never happen. And for a long time, longer than thousands of half-employed musicians could have ever guessed, it seemed to be true.

Paul Collins teaches creative writing at Portland State University, and his latest book is The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars. Follow him on Twitter.

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