Alex Chilton at Max's! Thursday, April 21, 1977

New York: Max's Kansas City, 1977. Original flier for a performance by Alex Chilton at the legendary Max's Kansas City on Thursday, April 21, 1977.

Max's Kansas City was nightclub and restaurant at 213 Park Avenue South in New York City. A gathering place for musicians, poets, artists, and politicians in the 1960s and 1970s, the brainchild of New York nightclub entrepreneur Mickey Ruskin.

In its earliest days, Max's was the choice hangout for artists and sculptors of the New York School, whose presence attracted an additional layer of jet set due to its location in the city. It was also a favorite hangout of Andy Warhol and his entourage, who dominated the back room. Another group that held residence were members of the glam rock scene, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Alice Cooper. The Velvet Underground played there regularly, followed in time by Patti Smith, then the New York Dolls, and the earliest bands in the New York punk scene.

Max's closed at the end of 1974 as popularity among the art and glam crowd was in decline. Ed Koch briefly had a campaign office in the building. In 1975 the club reopened and new booker Peter Crowley began having many of the acts that played at CBGBs, making Max's something of an uptown version of that club. It was during this era that No Wave artists and the likes of Chilton (then in his New York residency) frequented the club both as patrons and performers.

Yellow paper stock, 8.5 x 11 inches. Fine.


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