on September 5, 2012
I read the single issues of this series, and I loved them. My favorite story, written by the Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic, dealt with writers' block, to which I can totally relate. The art varied in style, but all fit within the spirit of punk and CBGB (most notably Chuck BB's art).
Perhaps the stories in this collection aren't groundbreaking, but they do capture a positive vibe about music and art, and how they can transform a building into something people revere. If you're a fan of indie culture and art, this is worth the purchase price.
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on April 2, 2011
The only thng Jaime Hernandez does in this book is to draw the cover. Since Hernandez is listed as one of the authors, I expected that he would have written or drawn (or both) at least one of the stories.
And that's just one of the many weaknesses of this book. The key question is, why is this collection titled CBGB?
Only one of the stories directly concerns CBGB and its history.
One could argue (unconvincingly) that the stories capture some vague "spirit of punk," but that's debatable at best.
The stories are vague, weak, plotless for the most part.
This is a minor point, but I find it bothersome that most of the artists seem to think that everyone in NYC's mid-70s protopunk scene at CBGBs had tattoos and mohawk haircuts.
Anyway, my beef is that this isn't really ABOUT CBGB. Many of the stories don't really seem to be ABOUT anything, for that matter.
The artwork is nice. But if you are expecting comics about CBGB, you're gonna be disappointed. Heck, if you're especting stories with defined characters, plots, and resolutions, you're gonna be disappointed.
There is very little about this book for the reader to grasp onto.
This is an illustrated haiku, not a comic book. And again, it has little to do with CBGB or the mid-70s NYC punk scene.