From CBGB to the World: A Downtown Diaspora – A Conversation with Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Julia Gorton, Richard Lloyd and Chris Stamey moderated by David Fricke
SXSW – Austin Convention Center, March 16, 2018
Article and Photography by Jim Chapin
David Fricke, Senior Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine, sat down with some of New York City’s musical pioneers to discuss the impact of CBGB on music history. Members on the panel included Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Drummer and Bassist for Talking Heads), Richard Lloyd (a founding member of Television), Chris Stamey ( Noted producer and founding member of the dB’s), and noted photographer Julia Gorton.
CBGB was a New York City music club located in Manhatten’s East Village and has been called the “Birthplace of NYC’s Rock, Folk & Punk Music.” Seminal NYC bands and musicians including Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, The Ramones, Mink DeVille, and the Talking Heads all performed there regularly.
The main topic of discussion centered around the magic that was the NYC music scene in the late seventies and early eighties. They focused on the fashion and the music that made a tiny dive bar’s influence expand and persist in in ways that persist today? Was this creative shift inevitable or was it a result of the individual creative efforts of the artists themselves that made the difference?