Synonymous with originality and musical rebellion, CBGB, the historic birthplace of punk, continues to be a dynamic force in influencing music, film, literature, fashion, politics and the aspirations of artists everywhere. Located in New York City’s Bowery, CBGB (whose full name -- CBGB & OMFUG -- stands for Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers) was as raw, rough and unadorned as the neighborhood that surrounded it. Founder Hilly Kristal respected non-conformity and sought out musicians who offered both a uniqueness of sound and non-conformist attitude. The resulting primitive, authentic environment heralded new genres of music -- including punk and art rock -- and opened the door for innovative, new wave artists like the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Misfits, Television, Patti Smith, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Cramps, and Joan Jett, among many others. An iconic cultural time capsule reveling in an unprecedented musical revolution and an extraordinary attitude of individuality, CBGB relentlessly remains a global presence in music and fashion.