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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

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Previous paperback published by Harcourt, 1990, 0-15-672960-1
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  • 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 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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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“Popism” isn’t a work of art criticism or a scholarly monograph about the Pop Art movement in art which followed close on the heels of Abstract Expressionism but rather a charming and guileless memoir of the 1960s as told by one of the major cultural figures of the period, the painter, filmmaker and artist Andy Warhol. In it, Warhol, who had become a successful commercial artist in the 1950s drawing everything from record album covers to shoe advertisements, describes his efforts to become a successful fine artist through a mastery of what he calls “the intrigues and strategies of the New York art scene.”

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.
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