R.I.P. Lenny's 

An oral history of the crackheads, the Christmas lights, the PBR, the punks, the one-room shack, the strip mall, the graffiti, the noise, the corn dogs, the tornado, the losers, the legend and the end

Black Lips members Jared Swilley (left) and Cole Alexander on stage at the original Lenny’s.

COURTESY OF RANDY CASTELLO

Black Lips members Jared Swilley (left) and Cole Alexander on stage at the original Lenny’s.

The story of its origins rests more on folklore than fact. But even before it came to be known as the CBGB of Atlanta, Lenny's Bar was the very definition of a dive. In its original location at 307 Memorial Ave., it…

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