CBGB may be gone, but it's not forgotten.
The New York punk Mecca—now a John Varvatos store selling $3,000 leather jackets while its insignia is immortalized on t-shirts available at a mall near you—helped launch the careers of the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and Patti Smith, among many others. Now it's the "star" of an upcoming biopic (can bars get biopics?) starring Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) of Harry Potter fame.
The first trailer for CBGB shows us Rickman as disheveled club owner Hilly Kristal, the unlikely hero who transformed a struggling country & bluegrass bar into the cradle of punk culture.
Fellow Potter star Grint plays the Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome, Twilight's Ashely Green plays Kristal's exasperated daughter and Childrens Hospital/Watchmen actress Malin Akerman has the imposing honor of bringing the Queen of Cool Debbie Harry to screen.
The two-minute teaser is full of goofy one-liners and plenty of shots of the venue's bathroom, which was so famously disgusting that New York's Met Museum recently put it on display. In short, CBGB might not be the hardcore punk film purists would prefer, but it looks like an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours.
Check out the soundtrack below, full of punk & proto-punk classics and even a song recorded by the late Kristal himself.
CBGB Soundtrack Track List
Life During Wartime – Talking Heads
Kick Out the Jams (Uncensored Version) – MC5
Chatterbox – New York Dolls
Careful – Television
Blank Generation – Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Slow Death – Flamin’ Groovies
I Can’t Stand It – The Velvet Underground
Out of Control – Wayne County & The Electric Chairs
Psychotic Reaction – The Count Five
All For the Love of Rock ’n’ Roll (Live) – Tuff Darts
All By Myself – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
California Sun (Original Demo) – The Dictators
Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth – Dead Boys
I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up) – Joey Ramone
Get Outta My Way – The Laughing Dogs
Sunday Girl (2013 Version) – Blondie
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Sonic Reducer – Dead Boys
Roxanne – The Police
Birds and the Bees – Hilly Kristal