In a feeble attempt to combat my constant homesickness, I compile tales of New York City rock & roll landmarks, most of 'em long gone. Moronic musings on various other enthusiasms are also thrown in for good measure.
These are great. Farewell Vanilla Fudge (3/12/70 issue): "Rated H* (*For Heavy)". Didn't the Action House burn down? Wasn't the owner/operator mentioned in Goodfellas? Heavy indeed.
I haven't heard about any fires there, but anything is possible. The building apparently lasted at least until the late '70s, but under different names--first Rockpile, and later Speaks.
You are certainly correct that the building persisted at least through the 1980s.Googlebooks on Phil Basile (owner of the Action House, Rockpile and Speaks) is informative, however. I think he was alleged to have burned down one of his nightclubs (in Wiseguy, the basis for Goodfellas) but I guess it wasn't the Action House.The underbelly of the Action House is considerably more intriguing than most rock venues, but until we have GoogleFederalWiretaps, I don't know to get at it.
basile owned a ton of places like channel 80, rumors, part of my father's place too
Do you know if the yardbirds or led zeppelin ever played there?
do you know if the yardbirds or led zeppelin ever played there?
According to a Yardbirds giglist at chromeoxide dot com, they played there on April 12, 13, and 14, 1968. I couldn't find any reference for Zep, so I'm assuming they didn't.
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