max's kansa

Max’s Kansas City, 213 Park Avenue South, New York City.

From the mid-60s to the early 70s, it was thronged with painters, sculptors, and Zeus-browed critics, its in-crowd back room becoming the banquet spot for Andy Warhol and his apostles from the Factory. (Warhol’s flagship band, the Velvet Underground, recorded a live album there.) This gave way to the thundering hooves of glitter-rockers such as the New York Dolls in their platform wedges and lipstick pouts. Max’s closed in 1974 and reopened in 1975 under new management and became the North Pole of the punk/New Wave movement to CBGB’s southern pole on the Bowery. 

During the second incarnation of Max’s Kansas City (from 1975-1981), Peter Crowley was the man in charge and the person to know. He was the club’s main booker and art director, and without him, Tommy Dean Mills would have completely flushed away the rich memories and tradition that Mickey Ruskin had created from 1965-1974.