Is there much nostalgia for the punk / New Wave era? It was thirty years ago, a bridge between the grim 70s and boomtown 80s, but it doesn’t seem to loom large in the cultural imagination outside of elderly hipsters and others who have a dim memory of hearing the Sex Pistols for the first time and thinking well, this is different. They can't play but they do seem to be on to something. Now we're going to get a movie about the era and the smelly famous dank bar that started it all:
The birth of punk rock in New York City will be chronicled in a film about the club CBGB and its owner, the late Hilly Kristal, according to the film's producers, one of whom is Kristal's daughter.
Brad Rosenberger, Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Kristal's daughter Lisa Kristal Burgman will produce the film, tentatively titled "CBGB," that will cover the years 1974 to '76 when the Bowery club became a haven for the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television and Patti Smith.
And much, much more. As students of the era must know, it was CBGB & OMFUG, meaning “Country, Blue Grass, Blues, and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers.” The music was available in the rawest form possible - if you listen to the early Television, for example, they’re horrible, and the early Ramones lacked the intricate, delicate sound they would later perfect. Just kidding, they sound like the Ramones.
Kristal, who died in 2007, was a trained violinist who opened CBGB with the intention of booking country, bluegrass and blues bands. Instead he found a new breed of rock acts that he wound up nurturing.
"It was an old-fashioned salon in an awful part of New York where people could fail while they worked to find their voice," Savin told Bllboard.com. "He provided a voice to the disenfranchised. It's a heroic and flawed story."
It’s not a documentary; they’ve already done that. The heirs to the CBGB brand have their own YouTube channel, if you want to revisit the glory years. A tribute: