CBGB , the theatrical film about the heyday of the famed New York City punk-rock club, is playing in select theaters around the U.S. The movie has been getting a mixed reaction from critics as well as from some of the well-known musicians who were a part of the scene that formed around the venue during the 1970s.
One rocker with some negative opinions about the flick is Marky Ramone , who prior to becoming The Ramones ' drummer was a member of fellow CBGB mainstays Richard Hell and the Voidoids .
Marky spoke recently with ABC News Radio and revealed that he wouldn't allow his likeness or image to be used in the movie, because he suspected that the production would not deliver an truthful portrayal of the story of CBGB.
He explained that he was very disappointed with the 2010 film about Joan Jett 's old band The Runaways , and felt that CBGB would be similarly inaccurate.
"I didn't want any part of it and neither did any of the other major players that were around in those days at CBGBs that had helped create punk rock in New York City," he insisted. Ramone also suggested that the movie likely would end being an extension of the exploitation of the CBGB legacy that's been occurring since the closing of the club in 2006 and the death of its owner Hilly Kristal the following year.
"Everybody jumps on the CBGB bandwagon, and now it's a high-end sneaker store," he declared, referencing the John Varvatos clothing store that opened on the site of the venue.
In addition, Marky took issue with the fact that British actors were cast in several key roles, including Alan Rickman as Kristal; Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome , guitarist of the Cleveland-based band The Dead Boys ; and Mickey Sumner , Sting 's daughter, as Patti Smith .
"I have nothing against the English, but what does that have to do with New York City, with New Yorkers?" explained Ramone. "It's like us going to England, and going to one of their clubs when the punk scene started there, and trying to figure out what really happened, you know what I mean?"
Lastly, Ramone said he was concerned that the filmmakers didn't get enough input from musicians who were involved in the CBGB scene and wouldn't bother paying attention to the timeline of events with regard to the club's history.
"You need the major players to be on board to make it accurate, and…also, it has to go year by year by year," he said.
Meanwhile, Marky is carrying on the legacy of The Ramones by playing their music with his own group Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg . The band, which currently features Andrew W.K. as its frontman, performs more than 30 classic Ramones songs. Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg just wrapped up a U.S. tour and will play three shows in the U.K. next week. Find out more information about the group at MarkyRamone.com .
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