CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal in 1973 originally as a home for "country, bluegrass and blues" (thus the club's name) and which showcased cutting-edge bands through its closing in 2006. The Talking Heads, The Police, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Blondie, The Dead Boys, Green Day, Soul Asylum, , Everclear, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Black Crowes, The Flaming Lips, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The B-52s, The Runaways, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tool and The Wallflowers are just some of the thousands of bands that played the club and received their big break there over the years. CBGB focuses on the trials and tribulations Kristal faced in shaping the club which ultimately became the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll and punk. The film is packed with the original recordings which have made these bands legends. Supplementing this fantastic soundtrack is an eclectic cast including Alan Rickman (as Hilly Kristal), Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Bradley Whitford and Rupert Grint.