New ‘CBGB’ film to explore legendary new wave New York club

A new production about the world famous Manhatten club CBGB and the new wave and punk acts which played there is set to come out later this year.

The nme reports that the film, which currently has the imaginative working title ‘CBGB’, will concentrate mainly on the mid 1970’s period when the club’s acts including such phenomenal artists as Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Ramones and Television.

Director Jody Savin (The Drummer, Bottle Shock) reflects: ‘It [the club] was an old-fashioned salon in an awful part of New York where people could fail while they worked to find their voice.’ The club, which closed in 2006, was owned by the late Hilly Kristal; Savin claims that ‘He [Hilly Kristal] provided a voice to the disenfranchised.’ The director goes on to refer to the CBGB story as both ‘heroic and flawed.’

Shooting is set to begin in the autumn, whilst research is already underway. The clubowner's daughter Lisa Kristal Burgman is going to be involved in the making of the film and acts which were part of CBGB’s infamous history are currently being interviewed. We can’t wait to see the results!

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