CBGB tells the story of Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) and his New York club from its conceit as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ‘n’ roll and punk. When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery, he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked: they could only play original music. No top 40′s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by — support the artist at whatever the cost.  Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk, giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police.

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Hilly Kristal Alan Rickman
Merv Ferguson Donal Logue
Lisa Kristal Ashley Greene
Idaho Freddy Rodriguez
Taxi Richard De Klerk
Genya Ravan Stana Katic
Debbie Harry Malin Akerman
Terry Ork Johnny Galecki
Cheetah Chrome Rupert Grint
Stiv Bators Justin Bartha
Patti Smith Mickey Sumner
Joey Ramone Joel David Moore
Iggy Pop Taylor Hawkins
Lou Reed Kyle Gallner
Mary Harron Ahna O’Reilly
John Holmstrom Josh Zuckerman
Mad Mountain Ryan Hurst
Nicky Gant Bradley Whitford





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