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Fans try to save rock club CBGB's
CBGB's founder Hilly Kristal and musician Steven Van Zandt
Founder Kristal (left) first intended to host country music at the venue
Fans of New York rock club CBGB's are planning a series of events in a last-ditch bid to save the venue, which helped establish US punk and New Wave.

Blondie, The Ramones and Talking Heads were among bands who found fame after playing at the venue in the 1980s.

It is due to close in September in a dispute with landlord Bowery Residents Committee over rent rises.

Nightly benefit shows at the venue will culminate in a Washington Square Park concert and rally on 31 August.

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CBGB was founded in December 1973 by Hilly Kristal, its initials standing for "country bluegrass blues" - the type of music Kristal originally intended to host at the venue.

He also gave it the surname Omfug, denoting "other music for uplifting gormandizers" - the latter word described by Kristal as "a voracious eater of, in this case, music".

However, it became known as simply CBGB's.

Blondie were among acts helped to success by playing at CBGB's
The small club became legendary in the 1980s after music fans were charged $1 (56p) each to watch little-known bands who went on to become major stars of the US punk and new wave scene.

CBGB's is currently in conflict with its landlord over an increase to the monthly rental cost, which is about $19,000 (10,700), and unpaid rent.

The Bowery Residents Committee also provides shelter for homeless people in the building that houses the club.

Singer "Little" Steven Van Zandt, who has joined the bid to save the club, said CBGB's had offered to pay more rent. The committee declined to comment on Monday.

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