From 1965-1982, Max’s Kansas City held court in New York City as a social club and melting pot for the creative world’s most talented and revolutionary personalities. Now considered one of New York’s most important cultural landmarks, Max’s played host to and launched the careers of countless stars in art, music, and fashion…think Andy Warhol, the B-52s, Betsey Johnson, The Velvet Underground, Devo, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith John Chamberlain, Robert Raushenberg and so many more…
Considered the birthplace of punk, glam-rock and pop art the space was also where some of rock’s most raw and iconic moments took place. In 2010, the 45th anniversary of Max’s opening marked the re-emergence of the NYC-based Max’s Kansas City Company-signaling the rebirth of this iconic brand. The Company picks up where the original venue left off, serving as the voice of authority on avant-culture and creating experiences that foster an exclusive atmosphere of downtown chic and creativity.
Through its actual and virtual venues, The Max’s Kansas City Company creates festivals and shows dedicated to art, music, and fashion; curates upscale concert and fashion events; and advises like-minded companies on fostering its unique, iconoclastic aesthetic. The Company is advised by a diverse group of Curators, including influential artists, fashion designers, and musicians.
The Max’s Kansas City website and blog keeps the spirit of Max’s alive in the digital space. Max’s also introduced an exclusive a private event venue in the basement of the former CBGB’s. In 2011, Max’s also published a critically acclaimed comprehensive photography book telling the story of the legendary venue through an array of captivating interviews and arresting images.
The History of Max’s Kansas City
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