A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 09, 2023
Big Apple (club in Munich, Germany, 1963-1975)

A rock club called “Big Apple” was popular at 25 Leopoldstrasses, in the Schwabing section of Munich, Bavaria, Germany, from 1963 until 1975. Jimi Hendrix played there in 1966 and 1967, and Deep Purple played there in 1970.
 
“Big Apple” was also the name of a disco in Berlin.
 
         
Wikipedia: Schwabing 
Schwabing is a borough in the northern part of Munich, the capital of the German state of Bavaria. It is part of the city borough 4 (Schwabing-West) and the city borough 12 (Schwabing-Freimann). The population of Schwabing is estimated about 100.000, making it one of the largest districts of Munich. The main boulevard is Leopoldstraße.
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Famous 60s and 70s Scene
In the 1960s and 1970s Schwabing became a hotspot for the flower power and 1968 movements as well as an internationally renowned party district with legendary clubs such as Big Apple, PN, Domicile, Hot Club, Piper Club, Tiffany, Germany’s first large-scale discotheque Blow Up and the underwater nightclub Yellow Submarine, as well as many bars such as Schwabinger 7, Drugstore and Schwabinger Podium.
 
Sub-Bavaria: Big Apple (Munich)
The Big Apple was founded in 1963 by a Berliner as a counterpart to the Berlin discotheque of the same name and, together with the PN , formed the center of southern German beat and rock culture in the so-called “Schwabinger Eck”.
 
One of the first DJs was Jürgen Herrmann , who later became a presenter at Bayern 3. In the beginning, true to the guidelines of the parent discotheque in Berlin, it was mainly soul and other black music that was played. When the Beatles released “A Hard Days Night” in the cinemas, all of a sudden only beat was in demand here in Munich, while in Berlin soul was still the number one.
 
In the 1970s, the Big Apple became a celebrity disco.
 
outdooractive
Former Big Apple
Leopoldtraße 25
80802 München
he “Big Apple” has been a famous club on Leopoldstraße, which attracted people from all over the world from 1963 to 1975.
What would the wild 60s have been without the “Big Apple”? When the doors of the Big Apple opened in 1963, mainly soul music was played here. But in the course of time the cellar became the location of several concerts, with the highlight in 1966 when Jimi Hendrix gave his first concert in Germany here. Other celebrities such as The Animals, the Yardbirds and the Spencer Davis Group also played here. In the 70s the “Big Apple” became a celebrity disco and today you can find the “Mint Club” here
Author
Laura Machon
Update: June 26, 2020
 
Concert Archives
Big Apple Club Concert History
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
3 Concerts
 
Pasinger Fabrik
(Photo caption.—ed.)
Eingang vom Big Apple Club 1965
   
Bridgeman Images 
Nightlife in Schwabing, 1971 (b/w photo)
(“Big Apple” is shown.—ed.)
 
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Anja Schauberger
11 crazy clubs in Munich that made history
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5. Big Apple - Uschi Obermaier’s favorite place
Also on Leopoldstrasse, the Big Apple dance hall opened in the Swinging Sixties around 1963 – a “basement bar with a bonanza look”. At first only soul music was played here, later the stage in the middle of the bar was also used for concerts. The big highlight is the Jimi Hendrix concert in 1966 – his first ever concert in Germany! And Uschi Obermaier wrote in her book High Times. My wild life about the club closing in 1975: “If I wasn’t in the Big Apple for a night, I thought I’d missed the course of the world.”
 
Newspapers.com
3 September 1966, Napa (CA) Register, “Adventurous Persons Love Munich” by Lee Davidson, pg. 3-!, col. 1:
A good place to meet the opposite sex is The Big Apple on Leopoldstrasse, which is fairly inexpensive and has a live rock-and-roll band.
     
X/Twitter
Dominique Hornig
@DominiqueHornig
Als Jimi Hendrix in Muenchen spielte
Es gibt keine Filmaufnahmen von jenem Nachmittag im Big Apple Club in der Leopoldstraße in Schwabing, und es würde auch nur wenige Fotos geben….
#JimiHendrix #Muenchen #BigAppleClub #Leopoldstraße #Schwabing
Translated from German by Google
When Jimi Hendrix played in Munich
There is no footage of that afternoon at the Big Apple Club on Leopoldstrasse in Schwabing, and there would be few photos either….
#JimiHendrix #Muenchen #BigAppleClub #Leopoldstraße #Schwabing
abendzeitung-muenchen.de
Die 60er: Schwabings wilde Jahre in wilden Fotos
Eine Ausstellung in der Pasinger Fabrik zeigt die Beat-Konzerte und Partys der 60er – eine Ära in Schwarz-Weiß und Farbe. Ulrich Handls Fotos zeigen eine andere Welt: mit Weltstars, Witz und gewagten…
7:22 AM · Feb 3, 2020
 
X/Twitter
🇺🇦 𝑴𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏 𝑺.
@mschwinn
#München: Schwabings wilde Jahre - Big Apple, PN-Hithouse oder Blow, die heiligen Tempel des “Beat in Schwabing” in den 60er-Jahren - Fotograf Ulrich Handl zeigt Fotos aus den legendären #Münchner Beat-Clubs der 60er-Jahre #Schwabing @martinschaeffn2 https://bit.ly/2SwIi9W
Translated from German by Google
#München : Schwabing’s wild years - Big Apple, PN hithouse or Blow, the sacred temples of “Beat in Schwabing” in the 1960s - photographer Ulrich Handl shows photos from the legendary #Münchner beat clubs of the 1960s #Schwabing @martinschaeffn2
12:22 AM · Feb 17, 2020
 
X/Twitter
Huey K. Bridgeforth
@hkb73·May 19
BIG APPLE - MUNICH GERMANY - MAY 16TH 1967 (2 SHOWS)
 
Huey K. Bridgeforth
@hkb73·May 19
BIG APPLE - MUNICH GERMANY - MAY 16TH 1967 (2 SHOWS)
 
Huey K. Bridgeforth
@hkb73
BIG APPLE - MUNICH GERMANY - MAY 16TH 1967 (2 SHOWS)
(Photos are shown of ‘Big Apple” and Jimi Hendrix.—ed.)
10:10 AM · May 19, 2023

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