Glory Days

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The Museum of Printing History's "Now Playing Houston: The Liberty Hall Poster Show" features reminders of a lost local treasure. Before it closed in '77, Liberty Hall hosted Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and other notable blues and rock musicians.

"[Playing here] was a turning point in Bruce's career," says former Liberty Hall manager Mike Condary. "[He was] absolutely afraid to come to Texas because of the cowboy image." Condary says it took him three failed attempts before he could book the Boss because he assumed country music was all Houstonians listened to. True, Springsteen wasn't selling many records in the area, but after his first performance at the hall, Condary says, the rest of the nights sold out. Springsteen toasted the venue in "This Hard Land" when he sang "Hey Frank won't ya pack your bags / And meet me tonight down at Liberty Hall." — Dusti Rhodes

To find out how the Printing Museum is bringing Liberty Hall back to life, check out our Night & Day� section, which features some other strange resurrections — including a Korean legend in anime form, an ancient Persian art form with a digital touch and a 1936 scare film reinvented as a musical.

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