By the spring of 1956 Andy Warhol was at the top of his commercial-art career. (from the first line)
Charles adored Andy but he did not love him the way Andy loved Charles and they never had sex or kissed or anything. Charles was quite aware of what Andy wanted and didn't want it and Andy knew that he didn't and never brought it up. Only it was getting a little difficult because Andy needed a lot of attention and he was beginning to get on Charles's nerves, or so Andy's art dealer, who was his confident in the affair, believed, for the most part, Andy took the attitude that everything would work out eventually.
|The only major biography of Andy Warhol, reissued to coincide with his 75th birthday.|
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The only major biography of Andy Warhol, reissued to coincide with his 75th birthday.
Artist, filmmaker, magazine publisher, instigator of Pop Art, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) used his canvasses of dollar bills, soup cans, and celebrities to subvert distinctions between high and popular culture. His spectacular career encompassed the underground scene as well as the equally deviant worlds of politics, show business, and high society. Warhol is the definitive chronicle of Warhol's storied life.
In this biography of Andy Warhol, pop culture historian Victor Bockris, who worked with Warhol during the 1970s, draws on his memories and interviews with the people who knew the artist to create a complex portrait of the icon. He starts with Warhol's unfortunate childhood in Depression-era Pittsburgh, revealing how a fragile mama's boy evolved into a shrewd businessman who achieved fame through his own talent and persistence--and occasionally through the manipulation of others.
Commonly associated with Andy Warhol and other famous Bohemians who frequented The Factory, Victor Bockris has used his writing and social skills to build a career from his insightful, often heartfelt, celebrity biographies. When Bockris was four-years-old, his family moved to Philadelphia, where his parents were both hired at the University of Pennsylvania. After studying at the same university, Bockris began a career as a poet and small press publisher, opening Telegraph Books in Powelton Village, a historic district of West Philadelphia. In 1973, he moved to New York City, where he formed a writing team with Andrew Wylie. Their book collaborations included ALI: FIGHTER, POET, PROPHET and HOW I LEARNED TO LIKE MYSELF. Together, the two of them succeeded in interviewing their favorite counterculture celebrities--including William S. Burroughs, John Lennon, and Lou Reed--by claiming that they worked for People magazine. After the pair split up, Bockris launched his own career as a journalist, focusing on the Beat literature movement and the underground rock scene. He also developed an association with Andy Warhol, hanging out at the Factory and writing features for Warhol's magazine, Interview. In the early '80s, his biography WITH WILLIAM BURROUGHS became a best seller in the United Kingdom. During the 1990s, his biographies WARHOL and JOHN CALE also became best sellers. In addition to writing several other acclaimed biographies, Bockris has also served as a commentator for VH1's Behind the Music series, sharing his knowledge of pop culture icons, including Warhol, Cale, and Debbie Harry.
New York Times Book Review
"[T]he one to read for knowledge of Warhol the man."
- Peter Schjeldahl