Max’s Kansas City, Punk Thursday Upstairs at Max’s, offset lithograph, 11 x 17 inches, c. late 1970’s.
The second incarnation of Max's Kansas City opened in 1975 under the ownership of Tommy Dean Mills, who initially thought he would make it a discotheque. Peter Crowley, who had been booking the same early punk bands that played at CBGB and Mothers, a gay bar on West 23rd Street, was hired to book bands at Max's.
Under Crowley's guidance the club became one of the birthplaces of punk, regularly featuring bands including Wayne County & the Electric Chairs, Suicide, Johnny Thunder, Lou Reed, Mink Deville, Richard Hell, the New York Dolls, Patti Smith Group, the Ramones, The Mumps, Television, Blondie, the Dictators, the Cramps, Mink DeVille, and Klaus Nomi, as well as out-of-town bands such as the Runaways and the Damned. After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious played all of his US solo gigs there. #maxskansascity #punk #cbgbomfug #sidvicious #johnnythunder #pattismith #newyorkdolls #klausnomi #ramones #mumps #minkdeville