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- Posted on Aug 29th 2007 1:15PM by Gaylord Fields
"I am very sorry that Hilly is gone," Blondie frontwoman Deborah Harry said in a statement. "He was a big help to Blondie and to the New York music scene for many years. His club CBGB's has become a part of New York lore and rock 'n' roll history."
Kristal started CBGB -- whose acronym stood for Country, Bluegrass and Blues, music that would ironically end up unrepresented at CBGB during the heyday of punk -- in 1973. In the 1980's, the venue kept the loud-fast flame burning with its hardcore matinees, which hosted paragons of the genre such as Bad Brains. In recent years, Kristal had struggled to keep the club open, waging a protracted fight with his landlords in the ever-gentrifying and increasingly expensive East Village. Admitting defeat, and weakened by the disease that would eventually take his life, Kristal closed CBGB last year after 33 years in business -- its only current presence being a retail location vending CBGB-related merchandise. Kristal was planning to reopen the club in several locations, including Las Vegas, at the time of his death.