Monday, October 07, 2013
CBGB / The Movie: Jarvy says "worth the price of a ticket"
I have been waiting for this movie! WHY???? Because I loved CBGBs, even though I had never stepped a foot inside it, I always wanted to say that I had actually been to CBGBs. WHY???? Because when CBGBs was at it's pinnacle..... a typical calender week would read like.... The Ramones on Wednesday, Blondie on Thursday, Talking Heads on Friday, The Police on Saturday. I mean can you imagine? You would have 5 MAJOR rock and roll acts playing at this little club that had a fire code of like 80 people. And when I say "MAJOR", I mean these were bands that changed the direction of rock and roll.
There was this weird little magazine called "Rock Scene" and it always had stories about CBGBs and the bands that played there. "Rock Scene" was a very strange publication. It was not that easy to find. Usually you have to to buy your copy at a book and magazine store. Rock Scene always had a big portion of the content about the New York City underground rock scene. Which in 1978, "the Underground Rock Scene" became the "Punk Rock Scene". There were great stories about all my favorite bands of the time, like The New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and then a bunch more bands that I had never heard of....and that started with THE RAMONES.
Rock Scene was a black and white picture magazine edited by prominent rock writer Lisa Robinson (later of Vanity Fair) and her husband Richard Robinson (who produced Lou Reed’s first solo record and the Flamin’ Groovies’Teenage Head). They were a well-known power couple in New York rock circles and had easy access to any and every rocker they wanted to meet. Rock Scene was where you could read about superstar acts like Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Queen and Elton John.....BUT WHAT MADE ROCK SCENE GREAT WAS all the new bands that played at CBGBs and Linda Robinson was there every night, taking pictures of and writing about bands like the Ramones, Cherry Vanilla, The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Blondie, The Dictators, Suicide, Talking Heads, Iggy, Kim Fowley, the Dead Boys, Willy DeVille, John Cale, etc.
So the movie isn't a great piece of film-making but it does bring back all the old memories of the late 70.s when rock and roll was re-born in the Bowery of NYC.
JARVY SAYS: THIS MOVIE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION. Just for the music , if nothing else.
It's not "Shawshank Redemption" or anything close. But it is a couple of hours of great music
and some funny fuckin' characters. Check It Out!.