Max's Kansas City

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The building in 2008

Max's Kansas City was a night club and restaurant that existed from 1965 to 1981. The establishment was located at 213 Park Avenue South, between 17th and 18th Streets in the Downtown Manhattan area of New York City . Max’s , as it was shortened, became known internationally through the large number of prominent artists who frequented and performed there.


Which opened Max's Kansas City by Mickey Ruskin in December 1965. Quickly it became a popular meeting place for artists of the New York School as John Chamberlain , Robert Rauschenberg and Larry Rivers , of which many celebrities and New York's jet set , especially also Andy Warhol and his artist friends were guests.

The Velvet Underground had their last appearance here in the summer of 1970 with Lou Reed . The Max’s became a fixture on the short-lived New York glam rock scene with its protagonists David Bowie , Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen made their first appearances here in New York City, as did Bob Marley early in his career in 1973.

When punk replaced glam in the mid-1970s , bands such as Cherry Vanilla , New York Dolls , Blondie , The Cramps , the Ramones , the Misfits , The Dictators , Wayne County & The Electric Chairs , The Fleshtones and Patti Smith used performances at Max’s as a stepping stone for their careers. Foreign bands like The Runaways and The Damned were also on stage here. After the Sex Pistols broke up , Sid Vicious made many of his solo appearances at Max's Kansas City .

Max's Kansas City lost its popularity and closed in December 1974, but reopened in 1975 under new management. It was finally closed in 1981. The building still exists and now houses a grocery store after being used as a Burger King branch for several years .

Photo exhibition


  • Yvonne Sewall-Ruskin: High on Rebellion Kansas City: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City . Thunder's Mouth Press, 1998, ISBN 1-56025-183-2 .
  • Max's Kansas City. Art, Glamor, Rock and Roll, Abrams Image, New York 2010 ISBN 978-0-8109-9597-0

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung from September 26, 2010, page 63: Memories of the coolest pub in the world

Coordinates: 40 ° 44 ′ 11.7 "  N , 73 ° 59 ′ 19.4"  W.