From a story on the last show at CBGB:
“Is this a funeral for punk rock?” a reporter asked Patti Smith. She was conducting a kind of press-conference-slash-sound-check from the stage of CBGB & OMFUG Sunday night. It was the club’s last night.
“That is too much of a fuckin’ stupid question to even answer,” said Ms. Smith.
For an alternate, non-sentimental and non-canonizing look at CBGB, here is the mighty Jon Kincaid on the club closing that really mattered to him. JFK taking on the myth of CBGB! A man who refuses to talk about it as if it is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Now that is punk.