“Nightclubbbing,” the first documentary about the legendary New York nightclub Max’s Kansas City, which from 1965 to 1981 was a focus for the city’s rock, glam, punk and new wave scenes, heralded a series of screenings around the world. in July and August.
The film – whose full title is “Nightclub: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC” – will screen alongside another Chip Baker Films documentary, “Sid: The Final Curtain,” which is a short documentary about the late Sex Pistols. bassist Sid Vicious’ last show, which took place at Max’s.
“Nightclubing” is the sixth musical documentary by Spanish filmmaker Danny Garcia (others include “The Rise and Fall of The Clash” and “Rolling Stone: The Life and Death of Brian Jones” about the group’s founder and original leader). It premiered at the Dock of the Bay Film Festival in San Sebastián, Spain, last month and won the Judges’ Special Mention award.
The full show schedule appears below.
Legendary singer and Kansas City Max’s veteran Alice Cooper – who signed her deal with Warner Bros. Records at the club – says, “A million ideas were thrown in the back”. He’s referring to the club’s infamous back room, where Andy Warhol was the court and artists ranging from Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground to David Bowie and the New York Dolls have left their mark.
Max’s is where Bowie first met Iggy Pop – who ended up bleeding and being rushed to the hospital (by Alice Cooper) after a particularly lively performance. It’s where the Velvet Underground played their last shows in the summer of 1970, and where Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious played his last shows, backed by members of the New York Dolls and the Clash. It’s where Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen were signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis; where Bob Marley and the Wailers played their first American shows; where Debbie Harry was a waitress; where Bowie saw Springsteen opening for another artist in 1972 and became such a fan that he covered three of his songs; where the Beastie Boys first fought for the right to party; where Madonna got an early taste of the city’s nightlife scene.
Over the years, the club’s clientele has included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Jim Morrison, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Joan Baez, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Janis Joplin, Nancy Sinatra, John Cale, Brian Jones, Todd Rundgren, Sid Vicious, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jane Fonda, Warren Beatty, Divine, Jack Nicolson, Dennis Hopper, Al Pacino, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick, Mel Brooks, John Waters, Twiggy , Halston, Bianca Jagger, Betsey Johnson, Williams, William S. Burroughs, Sam Sheppard, Timothy Leary, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz and even New York Mayor Ed Koch.
Max’s was also a safe haven for the city’s LGBTQ crowd, including Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis and chaired by transgender DJ Wayne/Jayne County.
It’s all covered in “Nightclub: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC,” with archival footage and exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Jayne County, Billy Idol, longtime music journalist/Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, the late New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, Warhol superstars Penny Arcade and Ruby Lynn Reyner, Alan Vega of Suicide, Bad Brains HR and Dr. Know, D Generation’s Jesse Malin, Blondie’s Frank Infante, Dead Boys’ Jimmy Zero, founder of Punk Magazine and Ramones album cover illustrator, John Holmstrom and many more.
The film features rare footage of Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Sid Vicious and Wayne/Jayne County, as well as classic footage of Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.
Also on the project is “Sid: The Final Curtain”, a short film documenting Vicious’s last live performance at Max’s Kansas City in September 1978, featuring rare live footage and interviews with those who witnessed it.
“Nightclub: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC” and “Sid: The Final Curtain” theatrical film screening schedule for 2022:
Saturday 9th July – Mockingbird Cinema -Birmingham UK
Sunday, July 17 – Regent Theater – Arlington, Mass. (Boston area)
Wednesday, July 20 – Joe’s Pub – New York
Thursday, July 21 – Colony Theater – Woodstock, NY
Sunday, July 24 – The Black Cat – Washington DC
Wednesday, July 27 – Texas Theater – Dallas, TX
Wednesday, July 27 – Metropol – Dusseldorf, Germany
Thursday, July 28 – The Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Saturday, July 30 – Ray of Light – Berlin, Germany
Sunday, July 31 – The Balboa Theater – San Francisco
Wednesday, August 10 – Trylon – Minneapolis MN
Monday, August 15 – Paradise Theater – Toronto, Canada
Thursday, August 18 – Philly Mocha – Philadelphia, PA
Monday, August 22 – Hollywood Theater – Portland, OR
Tuesday, August 23 – Theater @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Thursday, August 25 – Roverstad – Oslo, Norway
Thursday, August 25 – Violet Crown Theater – Austin TX Thursday, August 25 – Violet Crown Theater – Santa Fe NM Thursday, August 25 – Violet Crown Theater – Charlottesville VA
More exhibits to be announced.