Hilly Kristal, founder of NYC’s CBGB, talks with Caitlin Oleson on September 23, 2005

Listen in: CBGB founder Hilly Kristal talks with Caitlin Oleson
September 23, 2005

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Posted by Barb Luhring

In fall of 2005, seventeen year old Caitlin Oleson – having narrowed her choice of colleges down to two schools in New York City – decided that on her pre-decision visits, she would make a call to try and set up a podcast  interview with Hilly Kristal, the legendary founder of CBGB.

Having found the phone number online, Oleson’s call was answered by Kristal himself and when asked if she could interview him for her podcast his response was, “Sure. What’s a podcast?”

Kristal generously shares the roots and ongoing history of his club, the  struggles with his landlord, and the joys as well as the challenges of ushering countless performers onto the stage of his iconic music venue.

Coming from a family of prolific early podcasters,* Oleson gets off to a nervous start, but goes on to capture an incredible interview ala audio vérité!

This was Hilly Kristal’s first and only known podcast interview. He passed away August 28, 2007.

Having spent his life discovering, nurturing and showcasing new musical talent like The Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Television and more, Kristal’s death left a void in New York City’s music scene.

The full name of his club was CBGB OMFUG  stood for “Country, BlueGrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers.”
(Source: Wikipedia.)

*Barb Luhring – Caitlin’s mom – was honored in January of 2006 at UNC- Chapel Hill’s First PodCaster Con as one of the first female audio podcasters in the country. She has recorded, interviewed, edited and published over 150 audio podcast since 2005

Listen in: CBGB founder Hilly Kristal talks with Caitlin Oleson
September 23, 2005

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