Punk Rock Movie Night
Come early to hear live music at Eden Bar from 6:30-9:30PM, courtesy of Performing Arts Matter!
Join us for a night of Punk Rock history featuring: “Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC” about the formation of the NYC Punk Rock scene at legendary New York City nightclub Max’s Kansas City. And, a special bonus short film; “Sid: The Final Curtain” about the last live performance of the Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious featuring rare live footage and exclusive interviews from those who witnessed it.
“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.
80 MIN, 2022, Not Rated, Directed by Danny Garcia
"Make every effort to see Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC; full of grainy amazing archival footage, interviews with a host of Max’s musicians, managers, survivors; it's a vibrant oral history, a raw inside slice of punk nostalgia & punk history. The film is full of priceless anecdotes."- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"Nightclubbing" takes you inside the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll that went down at Max’s Kansas City in the nascent thrashing of the punk-rock movement with NYC-bred acts such as the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls and the Ramones.-Chuck Arnold, New York Post
“Max’s was legendary for the music, the drugs, the fights, the scuzziness, the excitement, the horrific lavatories. The great rival club CBGBs outlived it by decades but Max’s seems to have as great a place in the Valhalla of music memory.”– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian