Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll"

Max's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and RollMax's Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll by Steven Kasher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


For those who are either too young, or have a total lack of social/art/music history of New York City' finest moments - then the book is for you. For those of you who have been to Max's Kansas City, then this is a family album of sorts. For me, I never been there. But the bar/restaurant/club is sort of like a kids' fantasy of Disneyland if they haven't been there.



Before Facebook, Goodreads (ha ha) - the place to be was Max's. Andy Warhol and company ruled the back room, legendary rock artists performed on its stage, and the decadence (i.e. fun) was going strong from table to table. Looking at this book one realizes that that Max's Kansas City was a place of special moments, and those moments will never come back. The criss-crossing of everything that's great in pop culture met up at that hang-out. Drag artists meets famous visual artists meets punk rock stars meets the down and out meets, etc. A snapshot of underground society meeting uptown folks, where anything seems possible. But of course it could never last forever. At least there is this book to keep the fantasy and memories alive.



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