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Max's Kansas City was a nightclub (upstairs) and restaurant (downstairs) between 17th and 18th Streets, on Park Avenue South in New York City. Opened by Mickey Ruskin (1933-1983) in December 1965, it was a hangout for artists and sculptors of the New York School, sculptor John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg and Larry Rivers, whose presence attracted hip celebrities and the jet set, and also a favorite spot of Andy Warhol's entourage. The Velvet Underground played their last shows with Lou Reed at Max's in the summer of 1970. It was homebase for the shortlived Glitter Rock scene that included David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and, of course, Lou Reed. If you wanted to make it in Rock and Roll, you had to play there first. In fact, this was the first place many bands began their careers. Aerosmith played their first New York City gigs there. Bruce Springsteen played his first gigs in New York there. A nightclub (often shortened to club) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Toms Diner, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link goes to calendar). ... The New York School was an informal group of American poets and painters active in 1950s New York City. ... John Chamberlain (born April 16, 1927) is an American sculpture. ... Robert Rauschenberg is a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist known for helping to redefine American art in the 1950s and 60s, providing an alternative to the then-dominant aesthetic of Abstract Expressionism. ... Larry Rivers (1923-August 14, 2002) was a Jewish American musician, artist and actor. ... Categories: Move to Wiktionary | Stub ... Andy Warhol, photographed by Helmut Newton Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American painter, filmmaker, publisher, and a major figure in the Pop Art movement. ... The Velvet Underground (abbreviated as The Velvets or V.U.) were an American rock and roll band of the 1960s and 1970s. ... Lou Reed Lou Reed, born on March 2 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, is an American rock and roll singer-songwriter. ...


In the 1970s, Max's Kansas City became one of the birthplaces of punk rock, featuring bands like Cherry Vanilla, The New York Dolls, Blondie, The Ramones, The Misfits, The Dictators (who were falsely rumoured to have been banned from playing there), Wayne County, The Fleshtones, and Patti Smith, as well as out of town bands in the same vein such as The Runaways, and The Damned. After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious played many of his solo gigs there. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Cherry Vanilla, in the early 1970s worked as Glam rock superstar; David Bowie’s publicist, she had previously performed in Andy Warhol backed play “Pork“, after parting ways with Bowie in the mid 70s, she released two albums of her own. ... The New York Dolls were a glam rock band in the 1970s that prefigured much of what was to come in the punk rock era. ... Blondie is an American rock band that first gained fame in the 1970s and early 1980s. ... The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ... The Misfits canonical skull graphic was lifted from the 1946 television serial, The Crimson Ghost, while the typeface is from the 1950s-60s magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland. ... The Dictators are a proto-punk band from New York City. ... Wayne County is the name of a number of counties in the United States of America, some named for the American Revolutionary War general Anthony Wayne: Wayne County, Georgia Wayne County, Illinois Wayne County, Indiana Wayne County, Iowa Wayne County, Kentucky Wayne County, Michigan (most common references) Wayne County, Missouri... The Fleshtones in New York, NY, 1978. ... Patti Smith is often confused with Patty Smyth - the former lead singer of the band Scandal. ... The Runaways were a seminal all-women band who performed proto-punk heavy metal music in the 1970s. ... This article is about the music group. ... Sex Pistols were, despite their short existence, one of the most influential English punk bands. ... Sid Vicious in a 1978 mugshot related to his arrest for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. ...


Max's Kansas City, slid after pop art had turned punk and closed in the 1980s. The building remains, but is now a deli. Pop art was an artistic movement that emerged in the late 1950s in England and the United States. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...


Further reading

  • Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin, High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City (1998). Mickey Ruskin's widow really knew who was there.

External link

  • Maxskansascity.com

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