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CBGB Interior Being Reconstructed for NYC Festival’s Keynote Address

Vincent Pezzella

The original walls and sound system from New York City’s historic punk club CBGB are being reconstructed for the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival. The iconic interior will be on display at the Landmark Sunshine Theater on Houston St. in Manhattan when Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and MTV executive Van Toffler deliver the event’s keynote addresses.

Before being evicted by their landlord in 2006, CBGB owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley painstakingly dismantled the interior of the club. “Hilly wanted them to live on,” Staley has said. “He saved them for exactly this type of occasion.”

McKagan will deliver the musicians keynote address at 1PM on Oct. 10. Toffler takes the stage at 4PM, and his speech will deal with the state of the music business, a topic he’s well versed on as the person responsible for all of Viacom’s music services, including MTV, MTV2, CMT, VH1, VH1 Classic, Palladia and CMT Pure.

The CBGB Music and Film Festival 2013 runs Oct. 8-13 in New York City and features hundreds of artists in venues all across Brooklyn and Manhattan. The conference will also include such panelists as Creation Records founder Alan McGee, Pledge Music’s Benjie Rogers and Jeff Jampol from JAM Inc. A series of panel discussions about the film industry will also take place, with a keynote delivered by Magnolia Pictures’ Eamonn Bowles. Head here for more information on the many panels and ticket info.

Opened in 1973, CBGB (which stood for country, bluegrass and blues) was the epicenter of the punk rock and No Wave scenes of the late ‘70s. In the ‘80s, the club was integral part of the hardcore movement that spawned groups like Agnostic Front and Youth of Today.

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