On October 10, Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, LOADED) delivered the CBGB 2013 music festival keynote at the CBGB Music & Film Festival Conference which was held at Lower Manhattan's Landmark Sunshine Theater with performances at venues throughout New York City and Brooklyn.A short clip of McKagan's speech can be seen below. Leading the charge of rock music since the '80s, McKagan continues to be a potent and venerable noisemaker in the industry. A multi-faceted artist today, when McKagan isn't shredding on the stage, he effortlessly morphs into a journalist (SeattleWeekly.com, Playboy.com, ESPN.com), an actor ("Dead Pool", "Sliders"), or a producer (biographical documentary "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)"). Outside of the arts, he founded Meridian Rock, a wealth management firm aimed at musicians to help educate them about their finances. His versatility and his impact are the epitome of what it means to be an artist today. An abbreviation for "Country, BlueGrass, and Blues", CBGB holds a very important place in rock 'n' roll history when it began its auspicious origin as a music club on The Bowery in New York City's East Village. Founded by the late Hilly Kristal in 1973, CBGB became a hotbed for American punk and new music with bands like RAMONES, B-52S, TALKING HEADS, TELEVISION, BLONDIE, THE PATTI SMITH GROUP and THE DEAD BOYS.
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