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The Bottom Line Archive contains over 1000 shows recorded during the club's 30-year run, from 1974-2004. These historic recordings capture a rare glimpse at the richness of New York's and the world's musical culture.

It is our intention to make as many of these incredibly diverse performances available as possible, provided that the rights are available and and the sound and performance meet the level you have come to expect from The Bottom Line. We have mastered these recordings for the highest sound quality possible at New York's famed Magic Shop, which specializes in restoration and sonic upgrades of historic material.

We hope you will find one of your favorite shows here, and that you will enjoy the music just as much as when you were at the club, sitting at your favorite table.

For lots more info and behind the scenes stories about the archive, check out the interview with co-owner Allan Pepper and series producer Gregg Bendian.

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Remembering the Bottom Line: Albums Recapture NYC Club's Storied Heyday

'The Bottom Line Archive' series spotlights everyone from Janis Ian to Joey Ramone

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Located at 15 West 4th St., The Bottom Line was a prominent music venue opened by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky in February 1974. Bruce Springsteen played there on the Born To Run tour, among other gigs. Lou Reed recorded his Live: Take No Prisoners album there. Harry Chapin chose to play there for his celebrated 2,000th concert. Prince, Hall & Oates, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, The Ramones, Miles Davis, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel and Cheech & Chong are among the other legends that played at The Bottom Line. Read more here

The New York Times: The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn on His Special Bond With Pete Seeger

In 1994, Mr. Seeger and Roger McGuinn, the Byrds’ frontman, solidified their musical bond in a concert at the Bottom Line in New York. It was the only show they played together. The two collaborated on hits including “If I Had a Hammer” and “Bells of Rhymney” at the performance, which will now be released as part of the Bottom Line archive series. The two-disc recording, “Pete Seeger & Roger McGuinn: Live at the Bottom Line,” will be available on Oct. 30.

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Three All-New Historic Releases from THE BOTTOM LINE ARCHIVE SERIES

Three All-New Historic Releases from




Pete Seeger & Roger McGuinn in Their ONLY Performance TogetherPlus Doc Watson and Tony Orlando 


Set for Release October 30 – Pete Seeger & Roger McGuinn (1994), Doc Watson (2002) and

Tony Orlando (2001)


All Performances Recorded LIVE at The Bottom Line Cabaret  


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Elmore Magazine EXCLUSIVE: Check Out Perhaps The Definitive Version Of Janis Ian’s “Society’s Child”

Legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian has a long history with the equally legendary Greenwich Village venue, The Bottom Line. From attending the club’s opening night to drinking champagne backstage with Joan Baez to having her mother (confined to a wheelchair due to MS, yet always given a special spot up front by the club’s generous owner, Allan Pepper) attend all her shows there, Ian always felt right at home at The Bottom Line.

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