‘CBGB – The Film’ – Promo trailer released online

‘CBGB – The Film’ – Promo trailer released online

“CBGB” is a forthcoming US produced historical film about the legendary Bleeker Street, New York venue CBGB, initially as the acronym implies the music played was Country, Bluegrass and Blues, though the venue went onto to become the birthplace of the US punk movement.

A promo trailer has just appeared online, you can view it below.

The film follows the story of CBGB owner Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its initial roots as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of US underground rock ‘n roll which evolved into punk. CBGB was founded in December 1973, on the site of Kristal’s earlier bar, Hilly’s on the Bowery, which he ran from 1969 to 1972

Bands that were linked to the club include the likes of the Ramones, The Police, Misfits, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Mink DeVille, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, The B-52’s, Blondie, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Shirts, and Talking Heads.


The club closed in October 2006. The final concert was performed by Patti Smith on October 15th

CBGB Fashions (the CBGB store, wholesale department, and online store) stayed open until October 31 at 315 Bowery. On November 1, 2006, CBGB Fashions moved to 19-23 St. Mark’s Place, but it subsequently closed in the summer of 2008.

The cast for this film is as follows:

Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal
Ashley Greene as Lisa Kristal
Malin Åkerman as Debbie Harry
Freddy Rodriguez as Idaho
Stana Katic as Genya Ravan
Richard de Klerk as Taxi
Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome
Justin Bartha as Stiv Bators
Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone
Johnny Galecki as Terry Ork
Donal Logue as Merv Ferguson
Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop
Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith

CBGB Radio launched on the iheartradio platform in 2010 and a music festival in 2012.

In 2012, CBGB was reborn as the largest music festival in New York City. The CBGB Festival produced large free concerts in Times Square and Central Park on July 7, 2012. They also showcased hundreds of bands in venues across the city. The festival premiered dozens of rock-n-roll movies in venues around Manhattan.

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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