Jazzville Skyline: “…just a little club in the bowery…”

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There’s an old saying about ‘going home again’ (and how ya’ can’t do it), that has stuck in my mind since seeing the new film ‘CBGB’, based on the legendary club in New York…

The film itself focuses mainly on the owner, Hilly Kristal, played wonderfully by Alan Rickman (who pretty much, does a great job in every role he embodies), and the film tells the story of how Hilly started the club with the idea of having Country BlueGrass and Blues (hence the name)…But what it eventually became was a revolution…

It also does (briefly) show how the name ‘punk’ originated, not as a style of music, but as the name of a magazine that started featuring bands that played there, as well as the lifestyle surrounding this landscape across the corner of Bleecker and Bowery…

Way before England took on their own ‘punk’ movement, New York was the epicentre of the genre, with bands like The Ramones and The Dead Boys, appearing at the club, as well as in the movie (portrayed by various actors)…And this is where my ‘personal’ problem lies…Back in the day, I knew this club and these people…and for the most part, the casting is not very good…

Not that the actors aren’t good (so i won’t mention their names here), it’s just that, compared to who they are supposed to be, the choices were off in some cases (like ‘Debbie Harry’ and ‘Genya Ravan’) and hideous in other cases (like ‘Lou Reed’)…And I won’t even get started on the inaccurate timeline of having Patti Smith singing “Because The Night” so early on…

But Patti being there was a necessity, and it was nice that Genya was included…Also a favorite of mine, Annie Golden and The Shirts, who have a brief moment buying the aforementioned ‘punk’ magazine…

But this is Hilly’s story, and the music is just the means to get thru it…and by that way of looking at it, it does give enough flavor for those who may not have had the opportunity to know what it was like first-hand, as well as a few memories for those who would like to try and get home again…

 


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