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Max’s Icon: New York Dolls

Max’s Icon: New York Dolls

“[The Max's Kansas City sound] was all due to the Dolls. I always consider the Dolls to be the grandmothers of punk, because they looked like glam but played like punk. They also came back to the three-minute song after rock had gotten so crazy with bands like Emerson Lake & Palmer 20-minute songs and shit. Rock had gotten so self-indulgent; it needed the Dolls to bring it back.” – Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers

David Johansen and Johnny Thunders on stage at Max’s in 1973

Photo by Bob Gruen