During the second incarnation of Max’s Kansas City (from 1975-1981), Peter Crowley was the man in charge and the person to know. He was the club’s main booker and art director, and without him, Tommy Dean Mills would have completely flushed away the rich memories and tradition that Mickey Ruskin had created from 1965-1974.
Max’s Kansas City recently caught up with Peter Crowley, who has currently relocated to Florida, and he run us through how he made Max’s one of the top rock n’ roll music concert venues in downtown NYC. (It was a long and informative talk, so the interview is broken into three parts – below is Part One)
MAX’S KANSAS CITY: So with you at the helm, Max’s Kansas City officially came to be looked at as the birthplace of punk rock …
Peter Crowley: Well I think if Max’s Kansas City can make a claim to be the birth of punk rock (which of course it really can’t because punk rock predates all of that), but we can trace punk rock’s beginning to The Stooges, (Max’s 1969), Alice Cooper (Max’s 1969), Velvet Underground (1969), so that is pretty much all of Danny Fields’ doing. Therefore for me, going in there in 1975, there was already a history of Max’s being a punk venue, or a music venue, because we were never really a punk music venue – that was just the fashion of the time.