“Iggy loved it,” LesLee Anderson recalled in a 2012 interview with City Paper. “I remember I was mopping the floor and he was standing against the bar saying, ‘This is a great rock ‘n’ roll bar—this is going to be a rocking night.'”
Iggy would be Iggy Pop, the Stooges frontman and garage rock legend, just one of many luminaries to grace the stage at Marble Bar, the iconic subterranean rock club that reigned supreme during the heydays of punk and new wave during the ’70s and ’80s. (For more on the Marble Bar’s history, read this great Brennen Jensen piece that appeared in City Paper in 2000).
Located beneath the former high-end Congress Hotel, which has since been converted to apartments, the Marble Bar also played host to the likes of Squeeze, X, the Cramps, Sonic Youth and R.E.M.
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