CBGB Vaults Opened
MVD is donating a portion of sales to the Hilly Kristal Foundation for Musicians and Artists. Hilly Kristal, the famed founder of CBGB, passed away on August 28, 2007 at the age of 75 due to complications from lung cancer. As a singer, songwriter, and musician, he ran CBGB for 33 years until it closed in 2006. He is credited with giving the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, and Television their first gigs. His friendship and partnership with MVD throughout the years has been extremely cherished and will be missed greatly according to Ed Seaman, COO of MVD Entertainment Group.
“Hilly gave new bands an opportunity to work at CBGB, and stuck with that philosophy until the very end. Similarly, in 2002 Hilly gave MVD the opportunity to work with CBGB at a time when MVD was up and coming in the DVD business,” said Seaman.
MVD has released the following CBGB related projects to date: CBGB - Punk From Bowery (which includes an interview with Kristal and his guided tour of CBGB), Bad Brains – Live at CBGB 1982, Dead Boys – Live at CBGB 1977, Vibrators – Live Energized: CBGB 2004, and CroMags - Final Quarrel: Live At CBGB 2001. MVD also has plans to release another classic Dead Boys performance sometime in 2008.