A7 (bar)

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A7 was a club in New York City that between 1981 and 1984, was one of the main locations of the New York hardcore scene. The tiny space was located on the southeast corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A in Manhattan's East Village.[1] Although the venue were putting on performances from lesser known New York punk rock and hardcore bands like False Prophets, it became the scene's unofficial headquarters of the scene after Bobby Steele began performing at the venue due to him being banned from CBGB and Max's Kansas City.[2] It also played host to a fertile jazz and reggae scene during the 1980s.[3]

The success of the club led to the owner opening 2+2 club on the intersection of East Houston Street and 2nd Avenue in the summer 1982. This venue was larger and would host performance by bigger performances.[4]

Plaque[edit]

In October 2013, a plaque was hung in the room that used to be A7, now in a bar called Niagra, marking the space's history.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rettman, Tony (2015). NYHC : New York Hardcore 1980-1990. Brooklyn, NY. p. 126. ISBN 9781935950127.
  2. ^ Rettman, Tony (2015). NYHC : New York Hardcore 1980-1990. Brooklyn, NY. p. 127. ISBN 9781935950127.
  3. ^ Rettman, Tony (2015). NYHC : New York Hardcore 1980-1990. Brooklyn, NY. p. 128. ISBN 9781935950127.
  4. ^ Rettman, Tony (2015). NYHC : New York Hardcore 1980-1990. Brooklyn, NY. p. 132. ISBN 9781935950127.
  5. ^ "Controversy Surrounds Punk Plaque Hanging in Niagra" The Village Voice Retrieved November 18, 2013

Coordinates: 40°45′50″N 73°58′54″W / 40.7639°N 73.9817°W / 40.7639; -73.9817