For five decades, Bleecker Bob’s was one of the last reminders of the Village’s musical roots. It survived the introduction of cassettes and CDs, outlasted nearby punk venue CBGBs, and managed to stay open when Bob had a major stroke and had to entrust the running of the store to his friends.
But the stars are long gone. When the landlord decided to put up the rent in line with other properties in the area, Bleecker Bob’s couldn’t pay. The store closed on April 13, 2013. Its legacy will live on, especially for those who gave up their lives for the records.
Produced by Emily Judem and Hazel Sheffield.
Music: When it Was Our Time by Richard X. Heyman; Businessman by Tuff Darts.