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A Milestone in History Opens July 16

A Milestone in History Opens July 16


A Milestone In History: You Should Have Seen What I’ve Heard opens at Levine Museum of the New South on Saturday, July 16, and will feature a small selection of photographs by Chris Radok (Kodar) and Daniel Coston of the many bands who played the Milestone Club.

The oldest punk club on the East Coast, the Milestone Club opened in 1969 and over the years owners Bill Flowers, Jeff Lowry, Tony Farino, Penny Craver, Neal Harper and Jonathan Hughes, provided a friendly stage and musical home for decades of musicians and loyal patrons. More than 8,000 bands graced the stage and assaulted eardrums through the years, including AntiSeen, Bad Brains, Bo Diddley, Minor Threat, Nirvana, and REM.

In recent years many local music club owners have found themselves faced with difficult decisions due to rising property prices and real estate demands. As a result, some of the city’s favorite music venues have closed their doors: The Room, Fat City, Tremont Music Hall, Tommy’s Pub, Chop Shop and, at the end of this year, The Double Door Inn. The Milestone Club is now facing those same pressures and uncertainty. 

A Milestone In History: You Should Have Seen What I’ve Heard will be on view at Levine Museum July 16 through October 16, 2016. In addition to the photographs, visitors will have the opportunity to contribute a story, favorite memory or photo at the end of the exhibit.

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