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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078671364X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786713646
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"I always feel that my words are coming from behind me, not from me"—this expertly chosen and edited first collection of interviews with inarguably the most influential artist of his and our time shows that for Warhol (1928–1987) the interview was an art form like any other. Again and again, with a variety of interlocutors ranging from the innocent to the fake (as when poet Gerard Malanga asks deliberately loaded questions) to the actively hostile, Warhol expertly controls the situation. But Warhol's judolike feints, in which questioners, tipped over by the weight of their preconceptions, are left clutching at thin air, are less about concealing anything than they are about adding intrigue and tension—entertainment value, if you will—to an inherently absurd and artificial situation. Goldsmith, a conceptual artist, poet and radio host, contributes vividly written general and individual introductions that set up each piece perfectly. In gathering this book, he has performed a service not only for Warhol scholars but for anyone interested in the bewildering transformations of American culture, where "everyone and everything is interesting."
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From Booklist

Warhol was fascinated by every aspect of celebrityhood, including the ubiquitous celebrity interview. For Warhol, interviews were performances, sly assaults on pretension and verisimilitude. So intrigued was he with the curious tension between the potential for revelation in interviews versus the predictable format, he started the magazine Interview. And, a celebrity himself, he often granted interviews and proved to be a challenging subject. Writer and radio host Goldsmith now presents the first collection of Warhol interviews, some never before published and all hilarious, arch, and indicative of Warhol's peculiarly prescient and pervasive genius. Over the course of three decades, Warhol toyed with his interlocutors, vamping and evading, and concealing shrewd social and aesthetic insights within seemingly insipid remarks. Warhol was, indeed, a mirror, a spinning disco ball reflecting the superficiality and pathos of human existence, and Goldsmith's meticulous and arresting collection, brilliantly introduced by Reva Wolf, is a key addition to the Warhol canon. Donna Seaman
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Zendicant Penguin on October 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
First off, you will buy this book because you are a fan of Warhol and frankly you should buy it because it contains a lot of great stuff. I was super excited when I opened this book because I get a kick out of the thought that Warhol was often gently mocking (well, taunting certainly) us with his obtuse and oblique responses to his media questioners. The problem with not actually being able to see Warhol give these interviews is that it is impossible to know how much actually came from his own lips and how much was created to fit the agenda of the person writing or giving the interview. For instance, whenever Warhol was with one of his co-conspirators he often allowed that person to interject an answer to a question on his behalf. Also, many of these interviews were actually composed to fit a particular world view. For instance, Mr. Malanga's interview of Warhol reads like something that Mr. Malanga wrote, probably with Andy's approval, and then submitted for print. This is okay, but the really great stuff in an Andy Warhol interview is what actually issues from Andy accompanied by all of his funny mannerisms and quirks. This sometimes does come through in a number of interviews contained in this book, particularly ones given to novices and young men but too often the interviews read flat and almost textbook like. I don't want to turn you off to this book because I really believe that it is a worthwhile read. I just don't want you to expect too much so that you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By calmly on November 11, 2004
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Wouldn't it be nice to be so important as to warrant almost 400 pages of being interviewed ... which, for Warhol, are only a selection. I wonder how many people have been interviewed as much?

There's a wide variety of interviews here, from the monosyllabic to the raunchy to more or less conventional in form but intelligent in content(when discussing art with those who understand art well).

What's missing with Warhol when interviewing is that need to explain onself in great detail that seems typical of most of us when given the chance. Somehow, despite our different backgrounds, when interviewed, we all sound the same: the pattern of the self given the chance to own the stage. Warhol often seems comfortable with responses of one simple sentence or less, which requires more interviewer participation and increases the tempo of the interviews.

Warhol's sense of humor and desire for productivity (work, work, work) are apparent. No time to waste words.

To make these interviews seem somewhat more concrete, look on the Web for the BBC audios of Warhol, several 1-3 minute segments that allow you to hear him.

After reading these, I understand him perhaps a little more and he seems a great deal less remote and more likeable. I bought this along with "Andy Warhol 365 Takes" from the Warhol Museum staff: these two books complement each other well, this one focused more on the man and the other on his works. Despite his fame, he seems a greater artist than was at first apparent to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By m morrissey on April 30, 2011
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there are some very famous interviews here and nothing terribly interesting besides, when you consider how well AW handled questions evidenced in countless clips in which maybe one or two questions are asked in various documentaries out there (the Barbara Rose one stands out as having especially good give and take)

underwhmeling! better to stick to the Philosophy"" book or Popism or the diaries... this volume I consider skipable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meeah on March 1, 2010
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Unless you're some sort of Warhol scholar, you really have to like Andy Warhol a heck of a lot to read all the way through the interviews collected in "I'll be Your Mirror." You practically have to be a Warcaholic to appreciate the Pop Master's technique of speaking volumes while ostensibly saying nothing...sometimes even when he really is saying nothing!

Warhol turned the interview into another display of his enigmatic aesthetic. What's interesting in this book isn't so much what Warhol says, but how he doesnt say it. His irony is so sharp that the interviewer is often seemingly unaware that he's even been cut--or delivered in so deadpan and naive a manner that either it's missed, misinterpreted it, or Warhol's interlocutor can't even be sure that he's been put-down or put-on.

I think a lot of people feel the same about Warhol's art...or, until relatively recently, a lot of people used to feel that way. Is this guy putting us on, or what?

Collected from a variety of sources, the interviews in "I'll Be Your Mirror" are uneven in quality, necessarily reprinted (and repeated) from other sources, and, because they are, in part, a Warholian performance, Warhol's answers are often redundant. In fact, there isnt a whole lot new here that a reader of Warhol's "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol" won't have already encountered. The fun, I suppose, comes in watching Warhol play his fey, fickle game of linquistic peek-a-boo, always giving away a little less than what he's ultimately getting: publicity.

Pretending, by turns, to be ignorant, inarticulate, indolent, and indecisve, Warhol often comes off sounding like both Beavis and Butthead with his ever-ready, all-purpose, one-size-fits-all grab bag of answers suitable for any occasion (or question) .
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