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Who wants to rock next weekend at the inaugural CBGB Festival?

To those among you that say the world doesn’t need any more festivals, be they focused on docs, food, film, music or moshing, I say, “Feh!”

There’s always some new way to combine and create culture and lo and behold, we’re on the eve of the first CBGB festival, a four-day fest that kicks off on July 5th and features a slew of documentaries, films and bands. CBGB is the Manhattan music spot that was the launching dirt hole for musical acts like Blondie, the Ramones and Talking Heads. Why are they featuring documentaries? I’m not sure, but when you check out their lineup, you’ll see that it was smartly curated to rock hard but still carry a tune.

In honor of this festival that honors the bygone CBGB, a place where the Soup Man himself used to let his ears get blown out by subfare hardcore (I missed the CBGB’s golden era of the 70s and early 80s), I invite you to do one of two things: tweet your favorite CBGB moment or tell us what you most look forward to at the CBGB festival. Either way, you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a pair of Music/ Film Combo passes to see any and all shows or films of your choice.

You can enter by leaving your comment below or tweeting it to me at @docsoupman with the hashtag #cbgb. I’ll need to hear from you by Monday July 2, 2012 at 5 PM. Remember — this is a random drawing. To read the official rules, click here. The entry period for this giveaway has closed.

To get you started, here are some of my favorite memories and events I look forward to at the festival.

Ska at CBGB
In the mid-80s, ska was this music that came down from planet Jamaica where English rudeboys ruled and black and white suits were the uniform. I didn’t understand it, but I loved to dance to that frenetic beat. It’s all a blur now, but I think I recall seeing the Connotations, a ska band out of Stuyvesant High School, kill it at CBGB, before an incredible set from The Toasters.

Oh, what shame. I still haven’t seen this much beloved documentary about the divergent paths of two rock bands, the Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the relationship between the bands’ founders. I’ll try to catch it this time around.

Ben Lee: Catch my Disease
I remember when Ben Lee came on the scene but I don’t recall when he disappeared from it. Labeled a “profoundly intimate portrait,” by the rocker himself, I’m just curious about this documentary.

24 Hour Party People and Sid & Nancy
I could chart my adolescence on an arc between New Order and The Sex Pistols, the subjects of these two great fictional films about real life musicians which are both screening at the festival.

What? Fishbone is playing live to finish out the fest?! I have to be there. In tandem with the screening of the great, and kind of sad, documentary about the band, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, the real guys will be taking the stage. But will Dr. Madd Vibe?

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen