The 688 Club
Tucked into a long, narrow space at 688 Spring Street, this hole-in-the-wall was a proving ground for punk, new wave, and alt-rock bands coming out of Atlanta and Athens, showcasing emerging talents such as R.E.M., Pylon, and the Black Crowes, as well as national acts ranging from the Go-Go’s and Siouxsie and the Banshees to the Dead Kennedys and the Ramones. (Iggy Pop famously played there for a week, painting his set list on the cinder block wall, where it stayed for years.) Although the club was open for only a few years (1980–1986), its influence was far-reaching and included the launch of an indie record label that produced local acts such as Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Dash Rip Rock. — Rebecca Burns
This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue.