From CBGB to the Roundhouse is the first ever exploration of the role that live venues have played and continue to play in the development of popular music. Casting his eye widely across the globe, Tim Burrows examines the facts, myths and characters behind such legendary venues as the Grande Ballroom Detroit, the Astoria in London and The Cloudlands Ballroom in Brisbane. Interviewing some of the people who were there at the beginning and those that are still around today; musicians, technicians, empresarios and ordinary fans, he paints striking pictures of a variety of popular musical movements including Rock 'n' Roll, Northern Soul, Punk and Grunge. He shows how venues have evolved over the years; some going by the wayside, some that have changed with the times and some that have managed to keep to their original ethos against all the odds. He also looks at contemporary trends in live music - corporate chains, the huge boom in festivals and new projects such as the O2 Arena and analyses how the way we view live music might change in the future.