Last updated 11/14/07
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THE DICTATORS REMEMBER HILLY KRISTAL
Handsome Dick Manitoba amended his August piece on Hilly Kristal for Hilly's memorial in October. We reprint it here.
For My Pal, Hilly Kristal....
Hilly Kristal invented something amazing ... Unprecedented, to my knowledge, on God's green earth ... A rock and roll club that lasted & flourished, in the same spot, for over 30 years ... That type of success doesn't just come from just being a good businessman. It comes from someone who loves music ... someone who loves the people involved in the music ... someone who loves what they do.
CBGB'S started in an era when the Bowery was the Bowery! ... No velvet ropes, no "Do You Have A Reservation?" questions, no Apple Martinis ... Just a strip of land on The Rock that included flop houses, Christian missions, and tons of good old fashioned cheap, let's get drunk, gin joints.
What CBGB'S did, was shine a light on this most improbable piece of land, a land not used to the light at all. All of a sudden, limos and famous music industry types were coming down in droves to sign bands outta CB'S.
That's my recollection as a lifelong resident of New York City, of the impact Hilly's club had on the neighborhood.
Yes, by now, music fans all over the world, know of Hilly Kristal's famous Bowery club, and the impact it had on our culture.
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I don't know what life would have been like without CBGB'S, or Hilly.
That's because, for over 30 years, (uninterrupted) I played his club, watched others play his club, and visited Hilly and the staff.
From the early days of punk, in the mid 70's, all the way up to closing time last year, I got a smile (well, a "Hilly smile" anyway, his sort of "clenched grin") whenever I entered CBGB'S and saw him. He liked me. He liked The Dictators. I /We, liked him. There was a special chemistry. A friendship chemistry, that comes from sharing something important in life with another person. It was a person, a time, a place, and an experience that was powerful and symbiotic, between Hilly Kristal, myself, and my band.
That was the thing that comes to mind when I think of Hilly. Let others detail and document what went on in the club, and the great accomplishments. I just want to remember that grin, that feeling of belonging ... that special "second home" vibe, one rarely gets, in life.
In the last coupla' years I used to push my son Jake Koufax in his stroller, and visit the club, whenever I was near The Bowery and Bleecker.
I came through the drug addled 70's, where half of my contemporaries died from overdoses, relatively unscathed, clean & sober. So it was with great pride when I entered CB'S for the first time, with Jake in tow, and said, "Hilly, this is my son, Jake." Hilly was happy for me ... Maybe even proud of me ... It was like that between us. Hilly always made me feel welcome ... I always felt loved, whenever I entered Ceebs, and saw him sitting there.
Another piece of me, another piece of my life died when Hilly died. My story is inseparable from the CBGB story. It is intertwined. It is one.
Bye Hilly, and thank you so very much.
Handsome Dick Manitoba
New York City, October, 2007
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What I Always Loved About Hilly
What I always loved about Hilly: there was no great and powerful OZ behind
the curtain. He was right there sitting behind the desk at the front of the
house, and he'd treat everyone the same ... and the treatment was good. I love
you, Hilly; RIP.
J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson
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J.P. SIGNS WITH SABIAN CYMBALS
J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson is proud to announce his signing with Sabian
cymbals "Because Sound Matters"; huge thanks to Paul Cellucci. For those
keeping score at home, J.P. now endorses Vic Firth sticks, Pearl Drums, Remo
heads, and Sabian cymbals.
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HDM to play with DKT/MC5 at the Azkena Rock Festival on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 1. With Reverend Horton Heat, the Hives, Hoodoo Gurus, Roky Erickson and many more.
MANITOBA'S NEW BOOK: READ ALL ABOUT IT
Handsome Dick Manitoba's new book with Amy Wallace, The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists, won't be out for a few months, but mentions of it are already popping up on the Internet: Google Search. Meanwhile, take a gander at this article in online gossip mag BlackBook Online, written by Maxim editor and former Page Six contributor Chris Wilson. In addition, you can pre-order yours online now through
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T-BOLT GETS THE "W"
Our own J.P. "Thunderbolt" Patterson pitched AFTRA to a 6-2 win over
arch-enemies Irving Plaza in the Central Park Performing Arts league. The
Thunderbolt scattered 4 hits throughout the contest, and both Irving runs
were unearned. The knuckler was dancin'... (4/23)
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NORTON RELEASES "16 FOREVER" SINGLE
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HDM TAKES ON PUNK ROCK BOOK PROJECT
Handsome Dick Manitoba has joined forces with Amy Wallace, co-author of the No. 1 NY Times Bestseller The Book of Lists, to bring you THE OFFICIAL PUNK ROCK BOOK OF LISTS! With illustrations by the great Cliff Mott.
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Ross will play a full set of early Manowar at the Brooklyn Metalfest in June. For more Ross the Boss tour dates, see Ross-the-Boss.com.
ADNY FEATURE IN BASS GUITAR MAG
Andy was featured in the April 2007 issue of Bass Guitar magazine. See page 1 and page 2.
THE THUNDERBOLTS SAY GRACIAS
El supergrupo the Thunderbolts thank all their Spanish fans for a terrific tour. Watch a great video from IndyRock here, plus much more on YouTube: Santiago, Ponferrada and Gijón.