Home Uncategorized Don Hill, Owner of Famed West SoHo Rock Club, Passes Away

Word is just getting out that Don Hill, who ran his self-named famed rock club on Spring St. for almost twenty years, died today. There’s a memorial at midnight, 12 am Friday. No official word has come out yet but everyone from Moby to Bebe Buell is spreading the news with great sadness. Don was somewhere, I’d guess, between 65 and 75. He was ageless, though. With the end of CBGB and the Bottom Line and dozens of other clubs, Don Hill’s was the last original rock club. Recently Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny bought in and spruced the place up, but it was still Don Hill’s. All the great and legendary restaurateurs and club owners, from Elaine Kaufman to Don Hill, are disappearing now. We are at the end of not just an era, but maybe an eon. Rock on, Don.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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