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PRAISE FOR POPISM
 
"A vivid re-creation of a great time to live and a great time to die."--Martin Scorsese

About the Author

Andy Warhol, a painter and graphic artist, also produced a significant body of film work, including his famous Chelsea Girls. He was equally well known in the late sixties and early seventies as resident host at his studio, The Factory, where one could listen to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground and rub elbows with Edie Sedgwick. Warhold died in New York in 1987.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156031116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156031110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By calmly on December 12, 2004
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Why wait for others to come along years later to write your Gospels? With Pat Hackett, Andy got out the Word.

If you've only read what others wrote about Warhol, you might be surprised to learn here to what extent the others seem to be using "Popism" as a source. You may wish you'd saved the money you spent on the other accounts. Few seem to present Warhol as well as he and Pat did.

It is to be wondered how many of the biographers and critics understood him. This guy who "lacked social skills" but somehow during the 60's seemed to have 10-20 friends with him whenever he went out for dinner shows in "Popism" what an extraordinary social magnet AND social observer he was. Sex and drugs and rock n' roll rarely get pushed this far.

"Popism" is surprising conventional in form, however unusual the people it describes. It flows easily. It is among the best publicity of Warhol and his circle. There's a helpful 8 page index of the people mentioned. To name a few: Brigid Polk, International Velvet, John Cale, Ultra Violet, Jackie Curtis, Joe Dallesandro, Candy Darling, Duchess, Baby Jane Holzer, Fred Hughes, Gerard Malanga, Mario Montez, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, Nico, Ondine, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Ingrid Superstar, and Viva. You may never have been to The Factory, never seen a Warhol movie, never even seen a Warhol silkscreen, never heard Velvet Underground music, but, if you read "Popism" you'll feel like you know all these people and more.

Warhol's description of being shot and his recovery is especially fascinating. How was he able to be so objective? Andy and Pat are among the best storytellers.

After reading this book, treat yourself to watching "I Shot Andy Warhol" for another good presentation of what this scene may have been like.

Warhol lives.
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book review : POPISM the WARHOL SIXTIES by andy warhol & pat hackett 1980 harcourt brace.

this marvelous autobiography is andy warhol's first person narrative from 1960-1969, focussing primarily on his art & film work, but also including many famous stars, & infamous Factory characters, various trips he made to california, michigan, paris, and elsewhere, and also depicting the cultural/historical backdrop to that era. It's always interesting to read andy's interpretations of popular songs, films & celebrities, the parties & clubs he attended, and his film-making process, which seemingly took up as much of his time in the mid-late 60s as his painting did. The theme/meaning of POP is explored frequently in the book, warhol analyzing events like nightlife/discos, politics and society, fashion from Mod to unisex, the Pope's 1965 NY visit, music both pop & radical, the Beatles & hippie, all in terms of "POP."

Here are some of the details & events described that I found particularly interesting:

1960-63: travelling to the fox theatre in brooklyn with ivan karp to see murrey the k's rock & roll shows, incl. many motown acts.

his friendships with larry rivers, rauschenberg & other art peers, and the suspicious reception he received from the abstract expressionist painters of the 1950s, an earlier, more earnest generation, as opposed to the cool, ironic POP.

his relationship with underground cinema curator jonas mekas, who encouraged andy's alternative cinema style & projected almost all his films.

outrageous characters reappear throughout the decade, like Pope Ondine, The Duchess, Billy Name, Edie Sedgwick, Taylor Mead, International Velvet, Ultra Violet, Fred Hughes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2002
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This engaging and fast-moving book chronicles the incredible rise of 60's pop culture and it's devastating conlusion as the key mover of the New York Pop art scene describes in ironic, humourous and incredibly sad detail. There are lots of bodies in the wake of Warhol's rise to American iconography. It's facinating and incredible. Pat Hackett has to be one of the most talented writers around to have been able to compile Andy's story in such a way that it's only his authentic voice that you hear as you read any of the books that she collaborated on. It's well worth the price of admission!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on December 3, 2001
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With some 300 pages of prime slice Warholian gossip this book serves as an indespensible guide to the New York "Pop" scene and the Factory life of the sixties. Though written with aegis of co author Bob Hackett the essence of Andy- detached, voyeuristic, amoral/asexual, and humourous in his own dryly monosyllabic way- shines through on every page. Mildly autobiographical, thoroughly entertaining, and like the subject it describes; utterly disposable, this book is indescribaly essential reading material for the true Warhola fanatic. Yum.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CTB on August 18, 2006
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I originally bought this book in 1982 at the student bookstore. It blew me away with the story of how the "New York" 60s were so different from the "west coast" "flower children." In fact, I loved this book so much, I bought 8 or 10 copies and used them as presents whenever there was a friend's birthday or something. I must have given away my last copy, as I couldn't find mine anywhere. Now, 25 years later, I bought a new copy on Amazon.

The book had a different cover and what was between the covers seemed different too. I was less blown away that I was at age 19. Its still a great (interesting and lots of fun) read, but something was missing for me. Whatever it was that caused me to focus so much on it 25 years ago seemed less vibrant and relevant.

Whether I've changed or the times have changed (both, I guess), this book is a look at (Andy Warhol's) time in the 60s from Andy Warhol in 1980. This book seems so "innocent" (if that term makes sense in this context) from the perspective of the jaded and self-referential present.

Still interesting, but not the Earth-shattering book I thought it once was.
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