“CBGB” is an upcoming music club biopic about the former New York music venue CBGB, which stands for “Country Bluegrass Blues,” ultimately closed in 2006 over a rent dispute, but lives on as the largest music festival in New York City. Alan Rickman leads an all-star cast as Hilly Kristal, the financially unstable entrepreneur who opened the iconic club in 1973.
Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman, Freddy Rodriguez, Donal Logue, Stana Katic, Rupert Grint, Joel David Moore, Ryan Hurst, Johnny Galecki, Ahna O'Reilly, Richard de Klerk, Mickey Sumner, Taylor Hawkins, and Bradley Whitford are among the ensemble cast channeling the prime movers of the era including Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Dead Boys, The Police, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Group, among others.
The film follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its origins as Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ’n roll and punk. Kristal, a fan of Country and Bluegrass dreamed of having a club in the lower Eastside that catered to that kind of music, when he had difficulty booking those bands he turned to other kinds of rock music. Hilly had one demand of the acts he booked, they could only play their own original music. No top 40’s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost.
- via THR