Vintage photos of music venues in N.J.

The places, large and small, we went to hear great music.

I was on my way to Peddler’s Village this past summer and passed the New Hope Winery on Route 202 … and had a teenage flashback.

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The roadside sign listed all the bands that were appearing that week. A different one each night.

FountainCasinoroute35northaberdeennj.jpgYou couldn’t say “there’s nothing to do” when signs like this were everywhere in New Jersey. 

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There certainly are places you can go nowadays to see live music. There are venues where bands that have achieved success perform along with groups and individuals trying to get their start. But there was a time when signs like the one I saw in Pennsylvania were everywhere.

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It was truly a golden age for music in New Jersey. Most are familiar with the stories of the beginnings of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but for every Bruce there were 200 bands playing just as hard and dreaming just as big.

And we had the opportunity to see them pretty much for free – many of these clubs didn’t even have a cover charge. It was a special time for rock and roll in the Garden State.

Vintage photos of clubs and bands in N.J.

Vintage photos of clubs and music venues in N.J.

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If you didn’t see your favorite music place in this gallery, you’ll likely find it by clicking the links above.

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