Photos That Capture the Heyday of New York City’s Most Iconic Music Venues

Dave Van Ronk was an icon of Greenwich Village coffeehouse folk culture in New York during the 1960s, eventually winning him the nickname, “Mayor of MacDougal Street.” The spirit of the scene was resurrected for Joel and Ethan Coen’s film Inside Llewyn Davis, which hit theaters this weekend. The movie inspired us to take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of New York City’s finest music venues, choosing a few photos that capture the spirit of their heyday. For the completists: we haven’t forgotten your favorites (if the pics didn’t cut it, we didn’t post it). Feel free to wax nostalgic about the nightspots you haunted, below.


Max’s Kansas City

Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, and Tim Buckley holding court at Max’s Kansas City  — a home for the art crowd — in 1968.