Sometime in 1974, a bunch of long-haired, leather-jacketed punks walked into an upstart club in New York’s Bowery looking to play some music. The club at 315 Bowery was supposed to be country, blues, and bluegrass joint. Nobody had heard of the leather-jacketed punks.
But when the Ramones shouted that first “1-2-3-4!” at CBGB on August 16, 1974, it signaled the beginning of a new era—sweaty, cigarette-smoke-filled, and impossibly loud—that changed history of punk rock forever.
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