Binky Philips: Another Excerpt: I "Discover" CBGB and Open for The Ramones, May, 1975
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Here's another excerpt from my eBook on Rhino, My Life in the Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was. It's doozy, too... in which my band, The Planets, is initiated into the brave new world of CBGB in the early Spring of 1975.
Here we go...
So, now, it was early December, 1974. The Planets had been thrown out of Coventry, the only club that would book us (one of the bouncers took offense when I tried to clock him with a mic stand in front of the whole audience). We basically had nowhere to perform. Now what?
One night, I was in a cab with two of the other Planets. It was about midnight. We'd wrapped up our rehearsal about 15 minutes earlier, pooled our money, and hence, the taxi instead of the subway.
We were sitting at a red light on the Bowery at Bleeker St.
Directly across from me was a quaint but spanking new snow-white half-circle awning with old carny-style lettering in red and black. "CBGB". Without thinking, I blurted out, "Look guys, a place w
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