The Old Soldier has just finished reading POPism (The Warhol ’60s) and it was a total gas. I checked the book out from the public library several days ago and I read it with fascination.
Andy Warhol grew up in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the same neighborhood that I live in now. He lived on Dawson Street. I’ve walked past the house several times this year after I went searching for it and finally found it.
The public library also carries a copy of Interview, the magazine about fashion, culture and celebrity that Warhol started in the 60s and that is still published several times a year.
That book that I got from the public library was co-written by Warhol and Pat Hackett. The words on the back of the book are a good description of what you will find inside the book.
Andy Warhol’s films, pictures, parties and lifestyle set the tone for America’s most extraordinary decade: the 1960s. In POPism, he tells the complete story of that hypnotic era, from working as a shoe designer to being a world-famous artist. Overnight, everyone wanted to meet and be seen with Andy Warhol; celebrities like Tennessee Williams, the Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Judy Garland and Rudolf Nureyev mingled in The Factory with underground superstars Nico, Viva, Ultra Violet, Rotten Rita, Candy Darling, and the doomed, beautiful Edie Sedgwick. The Factory became the place where everything happened–movies, sex, art, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll–until one day, an angry young woman got off the elevator, took out a pistol and shot Andy Warhol. In recovery, he knew that the free days were over; the sixties–his sixties–were finished. Here is the inside story of that fascinating American decade by the man who knew everyone and who was in the middle of everything–the man who made the sixties as we remember them.
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- The Sunday Flash Fiction Story (14 October 2012) (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)