Remembering CBGBs (15*)

Part of: The Grime and the Glamour season

Debbie Harry

A triple bill of films about the prime years of legendary New York punk club CBGBs, which saw Blondie, Talking Heads, Patti Smith and other legendary performers pass through its doors.

CBGBs is the small East Village club that spawned and nurtured American punk and New Wave music in the mid-70s. It closed in 2006 and its building, 315 Bowery, was added to the American National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

This triple bill of films of CBGBs' prime provide a rough-edged, audio-visual record of the club and the burgeoning punk scene. Between them, the films here capture performances and interviews with Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Wayne County, New York Dolls, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Dead Boys and The Heartbreakers.

 

Programme

The Blank Generation
US 1976 Dirs Ivan Kral, Amos Poe 55 min Digital

Soul City
US 1979 Dir M Henry Jones 2 min 16mm

Punking Out
US 1978 Dirs Maggi Carson, Juliusz Kossakowski, Ric Shore 25 min 16mm transferred to DVD

Total running time approximately 82 min

Please note: The Blank Generation is shot on silent 16mm film with the sound recorded separately.

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