The Velvet Underground’s “Live at Max’s Kansas City”

The Velvet Underground's Live at Max's Kansas City location.

The Velvet Underground’s Live at Max’s Kansas City location.

213 Park Avenue South, New York, NY.

Max’s Kansas City was a restaurant and club that served as a home base for the New York glam scene, which included Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper, the New York Dolls and many more.

The Velvet Underground recorded their live album Live at Max’s Kansas City at the club on August 23, 1970. The album cover would feature the exterior of the club.

The club was also the site of Aerosmith’s first New York City gig and where Columbia Records president, Clive Davis, would later sign the band. Aerosmith would later immortalize the event forever in the song “No Surprize.”

The club closed down in 1974. Max’s II would reopen in 1975 and last till 1981. Today a coffee shop called fraiche Maxx occupies the former location of the club.

Required Listening:

  1. “No Surprize” by Aerosmith
  2. “Sweet Jane” by The Velvet Undergound



Max's Kansas City location, then and now.

Max’s Kansas City location, then and now.

 

The former location of Max's Kansas City in New York.

The former location of Max’s Kansas City in New York.

 

The Velvet Underground's Live at Max's Kansas City.

The Velvet Underground’s Live at Max’s Kansas City.

 

Archive photo of Max's Kansas City.

Archive photo of Max’s Kansas City.

 

Map of the location of Max's Kansas City in New York, NY.

Map of the location of Max’s Kansas City in New York, NY.