CBGB: The Movie

This movie, loosely based on Hilly Kristal and his now-legendary club, premières on Tuesday October 8 at the Sunshine Theater on Houston Street in New York City. Alan Rickman plays Hilly, even to singing a few songs to his acoustic guitar accompaniment.  (Back then, Hilly would often be at reception, feet up on the desk, quietly strumming away.)

Poster for CBGB - The MovieThis production will provoke passionate criticism from those who inhabited the place and who will often just want to see their versions of the memories. An example of positive comes from the New York Daily News:

And a counterbalance from New York’s Village Voice:

And a more balanced report from the New York Times, with lots of facts (thankfully):

Don’t judge the movie by its trailer:

At this point, it is only released in the US.
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We’ll write our own biased review once we’ve seen it.


CBGB at the Stereo Society (selected links)
To the CBGB home page (all links)

To a page about CBGB: The Movie

To the CBGB archive image gallery
To the CBGB close down image gallery

To the 1987 interview with Hilly Kristal
To the interview with lighting manager Cosmo Ohms
To the interview with sound manager and booking agent Charlie Martin
To the interview with long-time front of house BG Hacker
To the interview with CBGB mainstays Tish and Snooky

To a random collection of music from people who played at the club between the mid-70s and early 80s

To Hilly Kristal's home at the Stereo Society
To the interview in the downstairs bar with Hilly Kristal

To the official CBGB website

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