looking at 20 years of blogposts and writing about scenes and scenius, and I think, funnily, everybody who's written about this is so eager to emphasize the the group over the role of the individual, that they seem to gloss over the role that "scene managers" play
Pericles' lover Aspasia hosted the house parties that Socrates hung out at
Max Planck hosted the house parties that Einstein hung out at
Andy Warhol arguably bootstrapped a scene "by himself" – I mean, lots of people showed up at his Factory, but it was *his* Factory. Somebody needs to play host to all the weirdos
Brian Eno probably underrates the importance of Brian Eno. He's a prolific producer and collaborator and coined the term "ambient music"
Quincy Jones was similarly a one-man nexus of musical talent, collaboration and so on
And you could say similar things about Miles Davis
"I'll worry about the public. You just play." – Herbie Hancock quoting Miles Davis

Scene restauranteur Elaine Kaufman: would physically fight people and chase away paparazzi from harassing her clientele

> The gatherings in the Stein home "brought together confluences of talent and thinking that would help define modernism in literature and art".

On Catherine Scorsese's Wikipedia page, under "Career" it simply says "Often she cooked meals for cast and crew members of her son's films."

I gotta wonder how many other scene hostesses have had the truth of their influence diminished and relegated

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