Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
POPism: The Warhol Sixties Paperback – September 5, 2006
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"A vivid re-creation of a great time to live and a great time to die."--Martin Scorsese
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
The book features vivid descriptions of the famed Factory and its eccentric denizens. Warhol was drawn to gossip and to people he called “too gifted to lead ‘regular lives.’” These included drug addicts, Harvard dropouts and misfit children of wealthy and privileged backgrounds and they flocked to Warhol’s art studio where they posed for him and let him record their conversations. They were often exhibitionists while Warhol was a voyeur and much of his creative output from this period had its roots in this voyeurism. He describes the inspiration and creation of films like Eat, Sleep and Blow Job, the subjects of each of which were identical to their titles, as well as his creation of the magazine Interview, “a magazine of nothing but taped interviews.” Notably, Warhol often limited his participation in the ‘scene’ he helped to create, standing off to the side as an observer of the crazy happenings involving his associates. For example, he refrained from using drugs despite the fact that they were common among the Factory’s other inhabitants.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent narrative about the sixties. As you were there yourself. just love it.Published 4 months ago by Jadson
Andy Warhol is funny! His voice is heard within these pages and he is a kick. Well worth a read. If you want an objective look at him and his art, go to Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Royal
As a fan of the subject, I have just about every book on it. This is a very quick read compared to The Diaries and others. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LoLo
Of course!,what an amazing MAN,indeed...even at his worst,better than all those around him!!!,thanks,FOREVER,S.D.B.Published 11 months ago by Steven D. Bevington
These three Andy books were an Easter gift for my son who is a Graphic Art major, I have seen so many of his student 's art projects after studying Warhol. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C.H.M.
I think Pat Hackett did most of the writing. That said, it's definitely worth reading for those who have an interest in Warhol. Read morePublished 15 months ago by ventana