One of rock n’ roll’s most legendary clubs is getting the big screen treatment, and the first trailer for it has now made its way online. CBGB is the story of Hilly Kristal’s famed CBGB nightclub that vaunted to fame a gamut of punk, rock and blues bands through its history. Starring Alan Rickman as Kristal, the movie is a historical record of the names and acts that came through and made CBGB’s home- including Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and Patty Smith.
While their music is featured, we get to see the Hollywoodized renditions of these noted characters, including Watchmen star Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry, Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone, Mickey Summer as Patti Smith and Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.
Check out the trailer:
This movie is either going to be really good, or really bad. As someone who has seen the fair share of CBGB-related documentaries, it feels as though the true historical legacy of the club and the bands will always be more interesting than a film version. The last one we saw, Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB, was pretty good.
After much fanfare, the club closed its doors in 2006. If you’re wondering what the place is now, here is a photo we snapped in June of 2012 while we were hanging in the bowels of the Bowery. This photo makes us very sad.