The McKenzie Tapes is a collection of live audio recordings from some of New York City-area most prominent music venues of the 1980s and 1990s.
The collection itself was recorded by David McKenzie, a Kearny, NJ-native and former Maxwell's employee (that's him pictured above!). It spans mostly from 1985 to 1993, and includes shows played not only at Maxwell's, but also The Ritz, Irving Plaza, City Gardens, and more.
David generously sent his tapes to me (Tom) in hopes of getting them archived online. I'm looking forward to sharing all this great music over the course of 2018.
In addition, many of the tapes contained within The McKenzie Tapes collection were made by the late John Reinert. John was a prolific taper of shows at Maxwell’s and other New York City venues from the 1980s up until his passing. He frequently traded with other tapers, including Dave, and is remembered fondly by his friends and peers. John had a very distinct way of labeling his tapes, which you can see below. He loved live music and is greatly missed!