The stench of romance

October 17, 2006 § Leave a comment

Patti Smith said of the closing of CBGB:

It’s a symptom of the empty new prosperity of our city.

Of course she’s right, and at the same time she’s not.

One could argue that CBGB has been a museum piece for at least twenty years. That Hilly Kristal plans to move the club, toilets and all, to Las Vegas only bolsters the argument.

Still, Smith perfectly captures the meaning we want the event to have. We want it to be a funeral for a city we loved, or, better, for an idea of a city we loved.

Admittedly, it’s hard to love this new city, the prosperous city, which is, really, all cities. You can’t quite shake the feeling that they’re out of your league.

Fifty bucks says they’ll turn the place into condos.

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