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Burning Down the House, Put Up Some Bathroom Doors

The Tribeca opening of Burning Down The House: The Story of Cbgb had a somber tone, and it wasn't just for the closing of the historic venue. Director Mandy Stein dedicated the film to her mother, the Ramones' manager for years, Linda Stein, as she explained that the April 24 screening, "would have been her birthday today." Linda was murdered October 30, 2007, in her home.

The film begins with The Talking Heads song for which the film is named and features commentaries from Jim Jarmusch, Agnostic Front, Jesus Lizard, Henry Rollins, the founder of Punk Magazine Thurston Moore, Sting, and Michael Bloomberg—and a typically eclectic assortment of others. It combined recorded sets by The Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, and The Talking Heads, with discussion of the dangers of the Bowery and the Hell's Angel, how Hilly Kristal tried to save his historic bar, and the deperate attempt to move to Las Vegas.
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