Max’s icon Bebe Buell, reminisced with Women’s Wear Daily about some quintessential moments at the historic nightclub during Max’s 50th anniversary concert last Thursday. At the event, Max’s patrons and fans gathered at The Cutting Room in Manhattan for a tribute to the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed. Throughout the night, fans honored the music, lifestyle and culture that lived within the walls of Max’s Kansas City.
Buell described the venue as “their living room” where nights didn’t begin until 11 pm and you’d stay there until the sun rose. Max’s represented a lifestyle where “hip” was or wasn’t and those that were “in” made the Max’s exactly what it was.
“It was just this cool place where everybody wanted to go,” Buell remarked. “Everybody means about 250 people. Absolutely everybody.
Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders recounted the famous “Back Room” and life at Max’s, a concept he says won’t happen again. “Hipness is a commodity now. It was much more transgressive then.”