CBGB Founder Hilly Kristal Has Died

Hilly Kristal

Hilly Kristal, founder of New York’s legendary punk club CBGB & OMFUG, has died at age 75 from complications due to lung cancer. Hilly closed the CBGB club and gallery last October after a dispute with his landlord and earlier this year I stopped by and shot some photos of the original CBGB and the new CBGB store-only location on St. Marks Place in the East Village.

Here’s more on the death of Hilly from The New York Times and The Village Voice.

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.