CBGB (film)

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Promotional poster of the film with the tagline: "50,000 Bands and One Disgusting Bathroom"
Directed by Randall Miller
Produced by
  • Randall Miller
  • Jody Savin
  • Brad Rosenberger
Screenplay by
  • Randall Miller
  • Jody Savin
Cinematography Mike Ozier
Edited by Dan O'Brien
Unclaimed Freight Productions
Release date(s)
  • September 5, 2013 (2013-09-05) (VOD premiere)
  • October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) (United States)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $40,400[1]

CBGB is a 2013 American historical film about the former New York music venue CBGB.[2] It follows the story of Hilly Kristal's New York club from its concept as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock'n'roll and punk.[3]


CBGB premiered on DirecTV's video on demand platform "DirecTV Cinema" on September 5, 2013, and was available through October 2, 2013, in standard and high-definition formats (including "Yekra", an all-new independent film streaming and social distribution site).[4][5] Following a national release in select theaters beginning October 4, 2013, it was shown at various times throughout the CBGB Music & Film Festival in New York City from October 9 through October 13, 2013.[6][7] The DVD and Blu-ray were scheduled for release on December 31, 2013.[8]



CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 8, 2013 (2013-10-08)
Length 1:03:59
Label Omnivore Recordings, Universal
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]

The soundtrack was released on October 8, 2013. It is available on CD, Vinyl and as a digital download.[11][12] The first pressing Omnivore released of the soundtrack is a 2xLP on translucent pink vinyl. Rhino released a deluxe digital version with additional tracks on the same day.[13][14]

CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Standard edition[11]
No. Title Performed by Length
1. "Life During Wartime"   Talking Heads 3:41
2. "Kick Out The Jams" (Uncensored Version) MC5 2:52
3. "Chatterbox"   New York Dolls 2:26
4. "Careful"   Television 3:17
5. "Blank Generation"   Richard Hell and the Voidoids 2:44
6. "Slow Death"   Flamin' Groovies 4:23
7. "I Can't Stand It"   The Velvet Underground 3:21
8. "Out Of Control (the featured track from the album)"   Wayne County & the Electric Chairs 3:53
9. "Psychotic Reaction"   Count Five 3:07
10. "All For The Love Of Rock 'n' Roll"   Tuff Darts 3:25
11. "All By Myself"   The Heartbreakers 2:52
12. "California Sun" (Original DEMO) The Dictators 3:04
13. "Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth"   Dead Boys 2:07
14. "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)"   Joey Ramone 3:42
15. "Get Outta My Way"   The Laughing Dogs 2:47
16. "Sunday Girl" (2013 Version) Blondie 3:03
17. "I Wanna Be Your Dog"   The Stooges 3:11
18. "Sonic Reducer"   Dead Boys 3:06
19. "Roxanne"   The Police 3:12
20. "Birds And The Bees"   Hilly Kristal 3:59
Total length:


Box office[edit]

CBGB made its theatrical premiere on October 4, 2013 and grossed $3,909 at the box office its opening weekend from one theater. The film then began its wide release in select theaters October 4, 2013.[1] The total U.S. theatrical gross for the film was $40,400.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has been panned by a number of critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 30, based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable" feedback.[15] Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 9% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 34 reviews, with an average score of 3.4/10.[16]

Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times called it "merely a mess of caricatures."[17] Likewise, Brian McManus of The Village Voice writes: "CBGB's biggest problem is that it's taken such electrifying source material and done absolutely zilch with it."[18]


  1. ^ a b c "CBGB (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "CBGB, New Film Tells the History of New York City’s Legendary Club". http://laughingsquid.com. April 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1786751/
  4. ^ "‘CBGB’ To Premiere On DirecTV Cinema". Deadline.com. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "CBGB the Movie (CBGBtheMovie) on Twitter". Twitter. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "CBGB The Movie". Facebook. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "CBGB Music & Film Festival Sets 'CBGB', the Movie as Opening Night Premiere". Broadwayworld.com. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "CBGB: Movies". Amazon.com. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ CBGB (film) at AllMusic
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (October 7, 2013). "CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Amazon.com: CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Amazon.com: CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition) [Explicit]: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Gallo, Phil (August 2, 2013). "Omnivore, Rhino to Release 'CBGB' Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Now Available: CBGB - rhino.com". Rhino. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/movie/cbgb CBGB Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  16. ^ "CBGB – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ Abele, Robert (October 3, 2013). "Review: 'CBGB' caricatures rather than characterizes New York punks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ McManus, Brian. "CBGB". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 

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