Legendary New York Guitar Shop Carmine Street Guitars Is Getting Its Own Documentary

By August 6, 2018Guitars, News

This September at the Venice Film Festival, a new Ron Mann-directed documentary about the legendary New York City guitar store Carmine Street Guitars will be premiered.

Simply titled Carmine Street Guitars, the new doco will follow the week in a life of guitar maker Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej.

A new Ron Mann-directed documentary on the legendary Carmine Street Guitars is set to feature appearances from Lenny Kaye, Kirk Douglas, Nels Cline, and heaps of others.

Kelly crafts guitars out of wood salvaged from old NYC buildings and has previously used parts from such iconic establishments as the Chelsea Hotel and Chumley’s pub. Located at 42 Carmine St. Manhattan, the store has sold guitars to everyone from Lou Reed to Bob Dylan.

The new documentary is set to feature such names as Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Band, Kirk Douglas of The Roots, Nels Cline of Wilco, Jamie Hince of The Kills, and Bill Frisell among many others.

The documentary will explore the store’s resilience in the face of commerce-driven gentrification in New Yor, the magic of wood and of music, and the interaction of people.

“Marc Ribot says Rick’s shop is about community,” Mann tells Variety. “I always likened Carmine Street Guitars to a small town post office at a turn of the 20th century,”  “Ultimately, I felt it was something that needed to be captured… before it just all slips away.”

[via Variety]

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