Thursday, July 22, 2010

BLANK Generation film: PUNK ROCK AND CBGBS OMFUG


Debbie Harry of Blondie

Blank Generation is a 1976 clip compilation on punk’s birth in New York. Shot by insider Ivan Kral (ex-guitar Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Blondie) and edited with underground filmmaker Amos Poe, this rare gem is packed with legendary rebels in their humble beginnings.

The film includes ultra-rare footage of the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Television and others performing at legendary nightclub CBGB.

This D-I-Y time capsule was filmed by one of punk’s very own - for his personal home movies. It reads like a bunch of friends onstage, because that's what it truly was. Though Kral’s pawnshop camera didn’t record audio, Poe scored band’s demo tapes to create this un-synched 16mm labor of love. Each band’s unique style shines - visually and musically. Historians and filmmakers rely on The Blank Generation for its accuracy. 55 minutes. Not Rated.



The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County presents BLANK GENERATION on Thursday, July 29 at 7:00 PM with live appearance by filmmaker Ivan Kral. This 1976 clip compilation on punk's birth in New York features ultra-rare footage of the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, and more! The first 100 people in the door receive a FREE poster. Tickets 10.00 and 7.00 for Theater Members.


This coming Thursday July 29th The Michigan Theater is screening BLANK GENERATION a film by Ivan Kral shot during the early days of punk rock at the infamous CBGBS club in the Bowery section of NYC. I never got to visit this club. I did go to Studio 54 once on a whim with a car load of hairdressers, but not CB's. I was invited to help promote this event and I have invited everyone in Detroit and the surrounding areas and a few other states. People watching in the foyer is worth the ticket price!

A lot of my Detroit based musician friends have played CBGBS .. Funny when CB's is mentioned the main reaction that comes up is how disgustingly bad the bathrooms were at this bar! A few used the term rat infested hell hole, dive, dump and other descriptions as well.... There was more action going on in those bathrooms than on the stage! LOL

CB's "ladies" room
Scott Morgan played there back in the day with The Rationals and then again with Deniz Tek and Powertrane after John Varvatos converted the club to a men's high fashion boutique. Scott told me today about the ordeal of just getting to the bathrooms and then their appalling condition when you went inside. Dennis Thompson (MC5) told me it was just a rat hole to play in but that was the appeal to the rebellious young bands and their fans.

Official CBGBS Site Timeline Ramones Dead Boys Mink Deville John Cale Television Virtual Tour Richard Hell & the Voidoids

1 comment:

dave moreno .. from astoria .. said...

man i was there when i was about 17 in the early 90's dont even know who was playing just moshing.. etc almost fell on top of this short punk rocker girl.. remember using the bathroom .. and remember going back in the mid 90's to watch my friends band play ..

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