A new John Varatos shop opened on New York’s Bowery this week, not coincidently in the former CBGB building. At the boutique’s opening bash Thursday night, the excellent Vanishing New York reported that one guest spat on protestors, while declaring “I am on the side of New York City fucking rock ‘n’ roll!” The gentleman in question was named by VNY as “an unidentified former member of the Misfits”.
Naturally my curiosity was piqued. Surely Danzig has enough books about evil so he can avoid desperate public scenes like this. And Robo never seemed like the spitting type…..(drum roll)…..Bobby Steele, come on down :
Where were they when CBGB’s needed saving? they were probably bitching about the $9 admission price. Would they dare try to protest NYU, or BRC “ the building’s owners? No. They probably were NYU students “ at least some had that ‘air’ about them “ you know the one “I go to college “ so I’m better than you, because I have a piece of paper that says I’m smart.”
I actually posed this to them: this was gonna become either a Starbucks or a Chase bank “ two multinational corporations that the Left insists are ‘evil’ , and this independent entrepeneur comes along, and from what I can see as only the kindness of his heart, takes the space, preserves what remaining posters and graffiti were left behind, behind glass “ and creates what is essentially a NY RnR Hall Of Fame/Museum. On top of that, he plans on holding one concert/month in the store¦ again, in honor of the history of CBGB. I asked, “what would you rather have”, and the overwhelming cry from the supposedly anti-corporate Liberal Leftists was “STARBUCKS!” “ like the Israelis who were given a choice of who to save from the Cross, and cried “Give us Barabas” “ a criminal, these “progressives” called for the multinational corporation over the DIY guy. You can see how much they ‘care’ for the little guy “ they’ll step all over him, because he threatens the ‘total control’ that the multinationals represent, and that the Left “ as Diego Rivera so eloquently declared “ desires.
They were telling me what “PUNK” is. “It’s not punk”. So, I finally had enough, and said “This is PUNK!” and spit on them
(photo credit : Bob Arihood, The Villager)
6 thoughts on “The Undead’s Bobby Steele Is Very Much Alive, Thank You”
Someone’s bucking for a job folding jeans.
The Israelis who cried “give us Barabas?” Who is he talking about, Nadav Henefeld?
Eric b…. Nice try. Unfortnuately, with multiple disabilities – due to Spina Bifida, Polio – and a fall between moving subway cars – I can only ‘work’ for as long as it takes to play a set. Yet, I’m still ready, willing and able to fight for what I believe in – against Doctor’s orders. You might want to read about how I fought an eviction – singlehandedly, because no one else had the spine to back me up, and told me it was a hopeless cause. Too bad this City has become so L:eft-Wing, Democrat – and Ethnically Cleansed – that our culture is near dead in the name of ‘Multi-culturalism’. Under this Democrat City Council – Rock’nRoll has been relegated to nearly a criminal status. Punk clubs are replaced with Jazz Bistros, Coffe Shops, or banks.
Funy, how the ‘Open-minded’ are so quick to pass judgement on a man who tries to do right, but calls for a ‘fair trial’ for Bin Laden. yeah… you’ve got your priorities straight.
“Punk clubs are replaced with Jazz Bistros, Coffe Shops, or banks.”
Or in the case of 313 Bowery, a place that sells Cheap Trick tees for $250.00.
Talk about conspiracy theories…after all this time, I thought the demise of CBGB could be tied to an increasingly crappy booking policy and increased competition throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Turns out, Hilly was shut down by left-wing Democrats! Under a pair of Republican Mayors, no less.
As far as being open minded is concerned, I don’t know who you think judgement is being passed on. I have no quarrel with Varatos trying to make a buck and I find his co-opting of punk history no more or less offensive than Howard Schultz’ Starbucks hawking an exclusive Dylan CD.
Bobby Steele: still an asshole! If you keep complaining about high rent, why don’t you just sell one of your songs for a Hummer commercial? We know how much you love wasteful spending and selfishness…
You prove the ignorance of the left when you make that kind of comment to guy who, despite living at 1/3 the poverty level, turned down an offer from WALMART to license his image for tote, and messenger bags – after finding they had been making and selling them without his permission… selling 50,000 bags in less than 5 months. The deal would’ve given me about $100,000/year. I don’t license my image for products made under slave-labor in China.
I know one of the great, self-righteous Liberals, Bruce Springsteen, ” champion of the working man” had no problem with giving an exclusive to WALMART…