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Nightclubbing - The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC + Sid: The Final Curtain (Cert TBC)

Directed by: Danny Garcia
Spain/English (2022)
Monday 22 August 8:30pm - Thursday 25 August 2022 5:05pm
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    1 hour and 40 minutes
    Order: Sid: The Final Curtain – 20m + Nightclubbing – 80m

    Recommended Age:
    Cert TBC

    Join us for this punk double bill recounting the story of Max’s Kansas City, one of the most renowned NYC clubs of the ‘60s and 70s. 

    Nightclubbing:  The Birth Of Punk Rock In NYC is the first-ever documentary about the renowned New York City nightclub Max's Kansas City (1965-1981) which had an indelible impact on the worlds of music, fashion, art, culture and the creation of the city’s punk rock scene. 

    As legendary singer and Max’s veteran Alice Cooper — who signed his contract with Warner Bros. Records at the club — says, "A million ideas were launched back there." He’s referring to Max's Kansas City’s famous back room, where Andy Warhol held court and artists, actors, filmmakers, models, writers, assorted criminals and countless musicians — from Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground to David Bowie and the New York Dolls — made an indelible mark on music and the world. Max’s was also an early safe haven for the city’s LGBTQ crowd including Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis and presided over by transsexual DJ Wayne/Jayne County. 

    Max’s is where David Bowie first met Iggy Pop — who ended up bloody and being taken to the hospital (by Alice Cooper) after a particularly lively performance. It’s 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 waitressed; where the fledgling Beastie Boys first fought for their right to party; where Madonna first got an early taste of the city’s nightclub scene. Sex and drugs weren’t only commonplace in the bathrooms, but in the entire club. 

    And it’s all covered in Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC with unique archival footage and exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Jayne County, Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, long-time music journalist/Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, late New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, Warhol superstars Penny Arcade and Ruby Lynn Reyner, Suicide’s Alan Vega, Bad Brains H.R. and Dr. Know, Twisted Sister’s Jay Jay French, Blondie’s Frank Infante, the Dead Boys’ Jimmy Zero, Stiv Bators’ girlfriend Cynthia Ross, Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh, and a who’s who of New York’s rock scene of the time.

    The film features rare footage of Iggy & The Stooges, New York Dolls, Sid Vicious and Wayne/Jayne County as well as classic footage from Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers. 

    Preceded by: 

    Sid: The Final Curtain, a new exclusive short film documenting the final live performance of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious at Max's Kansas City in September 1978 featuring rare live footage and exclusive interviews from those who witnessed it.


    “A lively, loving docu-tribute to the New York punk scene”
    Total Film
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