The Andy Warhol Diaries (Paperback)
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The classic, scandalous, and bestselling tell-all-and-then-some from Andy Warhol—now a Netflix series produced by Ryan Murphy.
This international literary sensation turns the spotlight on one of the most influential and controversial figures in American culture. Filled with shocking observations about the lives, loves, and careers of the rich, famous, and fabulous, Warhol's journal is endlessly fun and fascinating.
Spanning the mid-1970s until just a few days before his death in 1987, THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES is a compendium of the more than twenty thousand pages of the artist's diary that he dictated daily to Pat Hackett. In it, Warhol gives us the ultimate backstage pass to practically everything that went on in the world-both high and low. He hangs out with "everybody": Jackie O ("thinks she's so grand she doesn't even owe it to the public to have another great marriage to somebody big"), Yoko Ono ("We dialed F-U-C-K-Y-O-U and L-O-V-E-Y-O-U to see what happened, we had so much fun"), and "Princess Marina of, I guess, Greece," along with art-world rock stars Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, and Keith Haring.
Warhol had something to say about everyone who crossed his path, whether it was Lou Reed or Liberace, Patti Smith or Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra or Michael Jackson. A true cultural artifact, THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES amounts to a portrait of an artist-and an era-unlike any other.
About the Author
Andy Warhol (1928–1987) changed the way we look at the world, and the way the world looks at art. With his exhaustive observation of cultural trends, he identified ideas, images, and aesthetics shaping the consumer-driven postwar American experience. His legacy continues to influence contemporary culture, and the philanthropic work of the foundation he established has ensured that Warhol’s inventive, open-minded spirit continues to have a profound impact on the visual arts long after his untimely passing.
Pat Hackett, editor of THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES, was one of Warhol's closest confidantes. She co-authored POPism: The Warhol Sixties and Andy Warhol's Party Book with him, and co-authored the screenplay for Bad, Warhol's cult movie classic.
"The ultimate self-portrait."—Boston Globe
"A remarkable literary achievement." —New York Magazine
"No study of Manhattan society in the strobe-lit 1970s or in the shadow of AIDS will be possible without consideration of THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES, which provides an unforgettable portrait of what a set of people imagined themselves to be and of what they really were." —Baltimore Sun
"Warhol on Warhol, as dictated by Warhol...noble in its obsessiveness."—New York Times
"This extraordinarily revealing diary paints a more penetrating portrait of our time's Glitterati Era than any of Andy's fable canvases."—Forbes
"Warhol's observations about the stream of people around him are rarely less than brilliant."—Details
"A vivid picture of this enigmatic man...It abounds with celebrity gossip...It provides the definitive answer to the oft-asked question, 'What was Andy Warhol really like?'"—Philadelphia Inquirer
"Cruel, sexy, and sometimes heartbreaking...Like classic literary diarist—Pepys, Byron—Warhol is no neutral observer, but a character in his own right...People may pick up THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES to see celebrities with (literary) pants down and spoons up there noses...But they'll remember the strange creature who watched it all happen."—Newsweek
"Fascinating...disturbing...decadent...no one emerges unscathed. Warhol managed to crystallize the times in which he lived better than just about anyone." —Variety
"The diaries go far beyond idle gossip. They are a re-creation of a time and a place in America...Endless fascinating...the Warhol diaries will stand for at least a century, if not more." —Detroit News
"Warhol's diaries will provide laughs, gasps and thrill for those he mentions, for those who want a quick peek through their shades."—New York Daily News
"The author sooner or later catches everyone he knows with their pants down...The tone is pure Warhol. At once insightful and distracted...A book that revels in nakedness."—Chicago Tribune
"A remarkable tour of Warhol's unusual frame of mind, the circles of slick celebrities he moved in, the friends he made, the enemies he made, the enemies he had, and the years he could not shake...The material seems so scandalous it's a wonder it made print." —Bergen Record
"Gossip lovers will revel in the roster of names parading through Warhol's life—Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, and Mick Jagger only head the list—while others will find clues to Warhol the person in his descriptions and comments...The book does much to shed light on the character of a man who hid from an intrusive public while living in the blinding glare of a perpetual spotlight." —Houston Post
"Will have many going great, wow, and even golly."—Vanity Fair
"Great social history...an anecdote a minute." —Village Voice