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Max’s Mention: Rolling Stone

Max’s Mention: Rolling Stone

When Punk Met Glam at Max’s Kansas City

Booker Peter Crowley, performer Jayne County and others recall the glory days of CBGB’s rival haunt, captured on a newly reissued compilation.

In the New York punk scene of the mid-Seventies, it was important to pick a side. “Some people were Max’s people, some were CBGB people,” explains transgender proto-punker Jayne County.

Whereas East Village landmark CBGB famously launched the careers of the Ramones, Talking Heads and Television, Max’s – located roughly a mile uptown at 213 Park Avenue South – was home to a freer, often campier strain of punk that was more Rocky Horror than Marquee Moon.

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