The Bottom Line

Manhattan – Greenwich Village

The Bottom Line

15 W 4th St (at Mercer St.)
Manhattan, NY 10012

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Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky opened their 400-seat club, The Bottom Line, on February 12, 1974, with two shows headlined by Dr. John. Neither a dance club nor a hipster lounge, "The Bottom Line put musicians in front of audiences who came for no other reason than to pay attention to the music," wrote Jon Pareles in The New York Times. The Cars, The Police, Dire Straits, Devo, Elvis Costello and the Attractions and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers all played The Bottom Line early in their careers. In August 1975, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played 10 shows over five nights to launch Springsteen's career-making album, Born to Run. The Bottom Line presented major artists in every non-classical genre, including country (Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton), jazz (Bill Evans, Charles Mingus), folk (Joan Baez, David Bromberg) and blues (Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan). After Snadowsky moved to Las Vegas in 1992, Pepper continued to operate The Bottom Line. Later, he engaged in protracted but ultimately unsuccessful lease negotiations with the club's landlord, New York University. The last show was a various-artists tribute to Woody Guthrie on January 10, 2004; The Bottom Line closed January 22, less than one month shy of its 30th anniversary. The building now houses NYU classrooms.

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