Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB

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Filmmaker Mandy Stein pays tribute to one of the most famous rock and roll clubs ever by speaking with CBGB owner Hilly Kristal as well as a number of famous musicians who built their reputations performing at the legendary rock and roll venue. Originally named "Country Bluegrass Blues" and intended as a place to showcase music of those particular styles, CBGB quickly became a staple of the punk scene thanks to landmark earl performances by such legendary acts as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, and Television. In addition to featuring interviews with Kristal, various bands that performed at the club, employees, and frequent patrons, Stein's affectionate documentary also takes a look at the struggle to keep the club open as the non-profit homeless charity that owned the building fought to have it shut down.

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  • A largely sentimental documentary of the final months of the Valhalla of New York punk clubs and the failed attempts to save it.

    Jun 10, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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