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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins In 'Cbgb'


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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will play rock icon Iggy Pop in the upcoming rock 'n' roll film 'CBGB'.

The film is a look at New York's punk rock music scene and is centred on CBGB, the seminal club which closed in 2008 where acts such as Talking Heads, Ramones and Television got their start.

The story revolves around owner Hilly Kristal and his efforts to turn a tiny club into a groundbreaking rock 'n' roll venue where the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers played.

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Ramones Movie Gets Green Light


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Former Everybody Loves Raymond executive producer RORY ROSEGARTEN has secured the rights to a feature film about punk rock band the Ramones.
Rosegarten has optioned I SLEPT WITH JOEY RAMONE, the authorised biography of the lead singer written by his brother MICKEY LEIGH and punk rock chronicler Legs McNeil.
Rosegarten has also negotiated a deal with the late rocker's mother CHARLOTTE LESHER, who is the executor of Ramone's estate, to give him access to the band's back catalogue.

Punk: Attitude Review


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At the start of Don Letts' excellent new documentary Punk: Attitude, ex-Black Flag-er and perennial curmudgeon Henry Rollins explains punk as being in essence one guy looking at the world he's living in and saying "Fuck this." A pithy summation of the movement, to be sure, and also quite a smart one, as this is one of the few films about the birth, death, and pseudo-revival of punk rock to actually acknowledge the genre's limitations (you can only say "Fuck this" while playing 90-second songs for so long), while simultaneously reveling in another trip down the antiestablishment memory road.

Most of the literature and documentaries on punk tend to start out in the same place, talking about how in the mid-1970s music had become this bloated, big-business monster, with pretentious arena rock bands playing 20-minute solos and so on - and then came The Ramones to shatter all that. Letts - a former producer and icon in the scene, as well as director of the authoritative documentary on The Clash, Westway to the World - digs deeper than that, going back to the 1960s and early '70s, finding the root of the coming musical uprising not just in expected places like The Velvet Underground, MC5, and Iggy Pop, but also in the jaggedly poppy sounds of many now mostly forgotten garage bands (whose sound is still inspiring post-punkers like The Hives). In describing the ascent of punk later in the '70s, Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra talks about how just about every smaller town and city had one guy who was into The Stooges and The Velvet Underground who then moved to the bigger cities, met up with all the other like-minded small-town new arrivals, and started bands.

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Porn Stars Dish Dirt On Celebrity Admirers


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Tony Curtis and Warren Beatty enjoyed numerous flings with porn stars, according to a new book which exposes the secrets of America's sex trade.

In Legs McNeil's THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD: THE UNCENSORED ORAL HISTORY OF THE PORN FILM INDUSTRY, X-rated actresses JENNIFER OSBOURNE and PETER PAVIA claim mainstream Hollywood stars regularly relied on their porn contemporaries for sexual relief.

Former-adult entertainer RHONDA JO PETTY reveals her alleged affair with TONY CURTIS was sparked when he started appearing at adult film sets and parties she was attending.

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