CBGB Movie Premiere: Rock Legends, Hollywood Stars Hit NYC’s Lower East Side – Exclusive Photos
New York City’s Lower East Side was abuzz last night (Oct. 8), and not with the usual gig-going crowd or hipsters ready to bar-hop. Instead, it was filled with figures from the Bowery’s music past, as ‘CBGB,’ the movie based on the legendary punk club, premiered at the Sunshine Cinema.
From rockers like Cheetah Chrome and Duff McKagan to A-list stars like Alan Rickman and Ashley Greene — who play CBs founder Hilly Kristal and his daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, in the film — there was an air about Houston Street that just screamed punk. A number of film’s other stars gave their best rocker poses on the red carpet, including Freddy Rodriguez (Idaho), Stana Katic (Genya Ravan) and Keene McRae (young Sting).
While it was a star-studded event, as well as the kick-off to this year’s CBGB Festival, there was one woman everyone wanted to talk to: Lisa Kristal Burgman, who attended the premiere with her son, Adam.
“I’m co-producing, which everybody thinks [means] I make decisions,” Burgman told Diffuser.fm on the red carpet last night. “I make no decisions in this movie. It means I got to introduce them to everybody. I got to find all the old articles we had that we saved from ’73, ’75, ’76 and ’77; getting all the old videos we had put on VHS tape and putting it onto DVDs, arranging [the film crew] to talk to people. That’s what I did. So I was in for the first draft and second and the third and the fourth, and I got to see it filmed.”
“It was great seeing it before the finished project, because it showed the kind of person my father was — not, as somebody said, a poor money manager, but that he didn’t care about money for himself,” she added. “The whole point was to help the bands and the music. And that’s what he lived for.”
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