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.

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8.Bob at the store's original MacDougal Street location, circa 1970s

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9.Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at Bleecker Bob's

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10.Robert Plant at Bleecker Bob's

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11.Patti Smith's inscription to Bleecker Bob

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14.Bleecker Bob's Johnny Thunders posters

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15.Bleecker Bob with Broadway Al and Lenny Kaye

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16.Bleecker Bob and Debbie Harry

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18.Bob and J.K. at his Upper West Side nursing home

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19.Family photos and J.K.'s iPod in Bob's room

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20.Bleecker Bob at Bleecker Bob's

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21.Bleecker Bob at Bleecker Bob's

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22.Bob and Frank Zappa

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