Here is a link to the New York Times obit on Stanley Snadowsky, co-founder of the legendary Greenwich Village night club:
The Bottom Line was open from 1972 through 2004. During the late 70’s heyday of the record business, it was the industry’s premier showcase venue, launching many new artists into the spotlight. Seating about 300, the Bottom Line offered brilliant sound, great food, and an excellent view from just about every seat. It was a place for the industry and the famous (who would be spotted there almost every night), as well as for the serious music fan.
Shows would often sell out fast, but tickets for upcoming shows were usually sold at the club’s box office before they were announced to the public. Whenever you were there, it was a must that you checked out the schedule posted on the ticket window to see what new shows were handwritten at the bottom. This is how Music City Mike got to see one of the famous Bruce Springsteen shows in 1975. If you missed getting tickets and a show was sold-out, there was always a standing room line for every show which meant you could always get in if you got there early enough. This is how I saw Elvis Costello’s New York City debut in 1977. Here’s a photo of me in my study with original posters from each of these shows.
Over the years, I got to see a total of 94 shows at this intimate venue. In addition to Bruce and Elvis, I had the pleasure of seeing Patti Smith, Squeeze, The Police, David Johansen, Joe Jackson, Rockpile (with guest Keith Richards), Lou Reed, Hall & Oates, Carly Simon and Warren Zevon, as well as the only USA performance of the 1979 Be Stiff tour. It was for many years home for David Johansen’s alter-ego, Buster Poindexter, along with his Banshees of Blue–a show he claimed could only play in New York. Here are original posters from a 1978 David Johansen show and the 1979 Be Stiif tour.
With Stanley gone, the speculation that The Bottom Line would return will probably finally be put to rest. It was a place full of many great memories for me and certainly a landmark in music history. I plan on taking you back there with some “retro” stories in the future.
I am always looking for original posters from Bottom Line shows that I attended. This is one I recently acquired from a Rachel Sweet show in 1979.
And this one for a Hall and Oates show.
Here’s some Bottom Line memorabilia from my archives.