The best bands that played CBGB in the mid-1970s -- the ones with ­pizzazz, songs, looks and ­ambition -- were ­corralled by major labels. Now that New York's Bowery is no longer a ­moonlit sewer, a few of those groups have been celebrated with career-spanning box sets. But they were the 1 percent; the ­others got Terry Ork, a ­gregarious bookstore manager who founded an eponymous label in 1975 to release Television's first single.

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