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Bleecker Bob’s in Photos: The History of New York’s Most Notorious Record Store

Photo by Jolie Ruben

It was an institution, a rite of passage, a historical landmark, and a great place to kill time at 2 a.m. on a weekend before you passed out on the couch. Bleecker Bob’s helped start one of New York’s greatest bands, was America’s No. 1 punk outpost, and was on the receiving end of solicitous phone calls from Madonna. SPIN’s goes behind the counter of a record shop for the ages, and gets the real story on why the beloved joint had to close its doors. Read the full feature here, and click through for images of the beloved record shop through the years.