Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC

Boston Premiere of Filmmaker Danny Garcia’s Max’s Kansas City Documentary

Sunday, July 17th at 7:30 PM

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“People always talk about, you know, the significance of CBGB’s and how important a club that was. Obviously, it was… But I always liked Max’s.” – Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags)


CBGB is synonymous with NYC punk rock. But, there were in fact two establishments essential to those beginnings. Max’s Kansas City, though it’s renowned in its own right, is the lesser cited venue of the two in that specific context in conversations about the origins of the genre. In the famous “back room” area, characters like William S. Burroughs and Andy Warhol held court regulary with endless entourages comprised of artists, musicians, actors, photographers, writers, socialites, and other hangers-on. Performances by an endless list of future icons like the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Marc Bolan, Suicide, the Ramones, the Heartbreakers, Sid Vicious, the Stray Cats, Blondie were a nightly thing.

Director Danny Garcia (Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking For Johnny, Sad Vacation, Stiv, Rolling Stone) is back with a new feature-length documentary contemplating Max’s Kansas City’s historic importantance to the musical landscape of NYC. Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC is the first documentary of its kind to focus its lens on the legendary landmark with regard to its role in influencing music, writing, art, and all-around creativity and cultural development in the early days of the burgeoning New York punk rock & roll scene of the 1970s.