A movie is being made about the legendary New York club CBGB, which helped give acts like The Ramones, Blondie and The Talking Heads their start.
Filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin are working on a bio of the club, which was opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal, who named it “CBGB and OMFUG” which stood for “Country, BlueGrass, Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers.” The space closed in 2006 over a rent dispute, and Kristal said he would open another incarnation of the club in the future. He died from lung cancer in 2007 before that could happen. The space that used to house CBGB, at 315 Bowery, is now home to a John Varvatos boutique.
Miller and Savin said the movie will focus on CBGB’s story as well as its place in the history of underground music. We’ll let you know when more details are released.