1974. Item #4594
New York: 1974. 8 1/2 x 11” flyer, offset printed on recto only.
The Townhouse Theatre was a small commercial for-rent venue in New york City at West 44th
Street between 6th and 7th, just off Times Square. It is almost completely forgotten today, but the
odd space, usually rented for business meetings, was central to the birth of the New York punk
scene. The Fast was perhaps the first band to rent the venue for their own glam shows, which
included Suicide on more than one occasion. It was after the members of Television went to see
Suicide and The Fast play at the venue that they were inspired to rent it for their inaugural gig, on
March 2, 1974, playing in front of televisions, almost a full month before their first show at CBGB’s.
Single vertical fold line, and staple holes to left and right margins, else clean and near fine.
Now Go Start a Band.