39 years ago today, the Ramones had their first public performance at New York’s CBGB’s. Here they are performing “Blitzkrieg Bop” at the same venue a couple of years later.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.