Hilly Kristal is dead at 75 after a long battle with cancer. He died on Tuesday at Cabrini Hospital, his son, Mark Dana Kristal told the Associated Press.
Here’s Lenny Kaye on Hilly in the Voice in September of 2006
He opened in December 1973. Though he couldn’t have planned it, it was the perfect moment for a new rock joint, especially one that relied on local talent playing original music. This may seem far-fetched for anyone who has lately perused the entertainment pages of this bohemian hometown rag, but turn-of-the-’70s New York had become a hard place to find footing for a band, ever since the glory years of the post-folk Greenwich Village Night Owl scene. Even the Velvet Underground mostly played outside the city of their birth until they provided a summer’s worth of dancing entertainment at Max’s Kansas City in 1970. Most Manhattan clubs only provided a showcase haven for visiting national acts, or were resolutely still flying the folk flag.
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