In a dazzling tapestry of voices--family, friends, lovers, rivals--the entire meteoric trajectory of Edie Sedgwick's life is brilliantly captured. And so is the Pop Art world of the '60s: the sex, drugs, fashion, music--the mad rush for pleasure and fame. All glitter and flash on the outside, it was hollow and desperate within--like Edie herself, and like her mentor, Andy Warhol. Alternately mesmerizing, tragic, and horrifying, this book shattered many myths about the '60s experience in America.
"This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for."--Norman Mailer
"Through a kaleidoscope of seemingly fragmented voices, patterns form, giving brilliant definition to the very American tragedy of Edie Sedgwick, a woman...not likely to be forgotten after this haunting portrait."--Publishers Weekly
"Extraordinary...a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated."--The New York Times
"An exceptionally seductive biography.... You can't put it down.... It has novelistic excitement."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"What makes this book so unusual, unique almost, is the picture it paints of the New York counterculture. No one has ever done it better."--The Atlanta Journal & Constitution
Jean Stein has worked as an editor for a number of magazines, including The Paris Review and Esquire, when it was under the direction of the near-legendary magazine editor Clay Felker. In the 1960s, she moved to Washington, D.C. where, through her husband, attorney William Vanden Heuvel, she became interested in the political career of Robert F. Kennedy. Following his assassination, she completed her first book, an oral history of his life entitled American Journey. In 1990, she became the editor of the literary journal Grand Street. She has two daughters: Wendy, an actress, and Katrina, the editor-in-chief of The Nation.
Oh I loved this book! I loved Edie the second after I saw that everyone's hype over how special she was was indeed true. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alondra Pineda
An incredible true story of a lost youthful spirit in an illusion world of money, fame wealth and power. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paula Phelan
Edie Sedgewick is one of the most tragic figures I know. Damn Andy Warhol and Damn the Factory.Published 5 months ago by Becky A. Woods
I read this book years ago and remember finding it fascinating. Reading it now I feel so sorry for the kids in the Sedgwick family. They were such a mess. Read morePublished 5 months ago by brn2run
Like any good biography, this was the story of a number of people, and of a generation too. The book starts off with a description of the well-heeled Sedgwick clan. Read morePublished 7 months ago by T. Burrows