From the RS Vaults: A First Look at the Ramones and Patti Smith Live at CBGBs

August 30, 2007 5:14 PM ET

As a final sendoff to CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, who passed away on Tuesday, we wanted to post a couple of Rolling Stone dispatches from the first bloom of New York punk: Charles M. Young's early profile of the Ramones from 1976, and a review of a blistering Patti Smith live stand at CBs from 1977 by Mark Von Lehmden. (Click here for photos of the Ramones, Smith and more onstage at Kristal's club.)

"The Ramones Are Punks and Will Beat You Up" (August 12, 1976)

"Patti Smith: Love and Anarchy in NYC" (July 28, 1977)

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