CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal's New York club from its concept 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
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Terry Ork. I manage the band Television.
[Hilly gestures for him to sit down]
Oh. Uh, you just met the guitar players, Richard and Tom, outside.
[Hilly squashes a cockroach]
It's win-win. CBGB gets new customers buying drinks, and we get to play for an audience.
[wiping away the roach remains]
They any good?
They are... raw, man. They're... they're... primitive. They are going to be huge.
I bet they stink. But maybe if they perform... they'll get better.
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Great music history
The historical story line line is very entertaining and interesting. Rickman does a good job as Hilly whom I never heard of before this movie. What a character. The talent that went thru his joint was amazing. A true pioneer ( maybe by accident) of cutting edge rock. You won't be sorry you watched it. Great sound track.
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