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CBGB regulars Ann Magnuson, Susan Hannaford, and Tom Scully took over the running of Club 57, located on St. Mark’s Place, in the spring of 1979. With Magnuson taking the lead role, they introduced an eclectic program that included DJ-ing, the screening of old B-movies, performance art, alternative art shows, and special parties that attracted a crowd of students from the School of Visual Art, among them Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf. The venue’s culture drew heavily on irony and kitsch. As with the Mudd Club, dancing took on a primary position, even though the venue’s roots were in punk....

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