CBGB Movie follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its origins as Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ’n roll and punk. Kristal, a fan of Country and Bluegrass dreamed of having a club in the lower Eastside that catered to that kind of music, when he had difficulty booking those bands he turned to other kinds of rock music. Hilly had one demand of the acts he booked, they could only play their own original music. No top 40’s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost.
Filming of CBGB Movie, which will star Alan Rickman as the club’s owner, is expected to start June 25, according to ArtsBeat. Other big names in the film include Sting’s daughter Micky Sumner as Patti Smith, and the drummer from the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, as Iggy Pop. Ashley Greene of “Twilight” fame will play the founder’s daughter (and one of the movie’s producers) Lisa Kristal Burgman.