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CBGB's remembered in new film

Punk nostalgists have a treat in store with the planned film about legendary New York club CBGB’s. The club, on the Bowery, played host to all the famous punk bands of the mid 70s, including The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie.

CBGB’s stands for country, bluegrass and blues. Perhaps understandably, that kind of music didn’t always pack in the crowds in edgy New York City. Owner Hilly Kristal allowed the place to become the hangout of the nascent punk scene in Lower Manhattan. Although the club closed in 2006, it remains a place of pilgrimage for punks from all over the globe, and there are plans to reopen in a new location.

CBGB, the film, is being written and directed by Randall Miller. Alan Rickman will play Kristal. Malin Akerman has been cast as Blondie singer Debbie Harry before she became world-famous. The Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will play Iggy Pop.

Other cast members include Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene and Freddy Rodriguez. Rodriguez plays Idaho, a notorious addict who was one of the club’s regular cast of larger-than-life characters.

The New York CBGB festival in July features a variety of bands playing at 30 venues around the city. The organisers hope it will spark enough interest to support the reopening of CBGB’s. One investor, Tim Hayes, told The New York Times, "We're trying to continue the idea of supporting live music, making a lot of noise and being a part of New York City. The festival is one way we can do it. Eventually the club will be another way we can do it."

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