Loyal readers might remember me waxing rhapsodic here a few times about the fabled Blitz Benefit at CBGB in 1978. I didn’t attend the Blitz Benefit, mind you, as I was all of eleven years old at the time, but being a student of NYC rock lore, its significance isn’t lost on me (beyond my blather, you can read a more official account here, although Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain’s oral history, “Please Kill Me” probably handles it best). It’s the stuff of legend.
In any case, you may remember me sounding off on this old post from 2011 about how cool I thought it was that no one had ever reproduced the Blitz Benefit t-shirt, lovingly designed by Arturo Vega, the visual mastermind behind the Ramones. To this day, you can prize yourself a CBGB t-shirt virtually anywhere, but if you wanted a Blitz Benefit shirt, you either had to have been there, or pay literally thousands of dollars for one on eBay.
Well, scratch that. Via the churlishly named Altamont Records (“Hard to Find Rare T-shirts and Collectibles”), you can now buy yourself a Blitz Benefit t-shirt knockoff (albeit not in its original black, for some reason). No, I’m not buying one for myself. You can even buy a Blitz Benefit baby onesie.