CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal's New York club from its conceit as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk. When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40's, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost. Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Written by
Several shots show the corner of Bleecker Street and the Bowery. The street signs have white letters on a green background. In the 1970s, Manhattan street signs had black letters on a yellow background. See more »
I hope the movie makers read these reviews as lessons to be learned. I guarantee the reason the movie did so poorly was the title. If you have no clue what it means--like me, then you lose a majority of your audience right there. Try a re-release with a new title, with more advertising. Maybe then more people will show up. It's a shame too, when a film flops it should be on merit, not a poorly chosen title. I need more lines to satisfy IMDb's requirements, so I'll just keep typing, but you can stop reading now. Two more lines??? Okay, still typing, stop reading! STill typing--are you still reading? Have you considered that you might be a little OCD? Maybe?
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