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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Books; 1 edition (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156031116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156031110
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,038,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is as absorbing as the best telephone gossip, funny yet full
of insight' -- Christopher Isherwood

'POPism reads like a novel... Social history of the rarest kind,
set down in ultra-sharp focus by someone who helped shape the events he
describes' -- Calvin Tomkins, The New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a painter, graphic artist filmmaker, and leader of the Pop Art movement. He also produced a significant body of film work, including the famous Chelsea Girls. Equally well known in the late Sixties and early Seventies as resident host at his studio, the Factory. Andy Warhol died following gall bladder surgery, in New York on the 22nd February 1987. As Warhol said: 'I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.'

Pat Hackett worked closely with Andy Warhol for twenty years, coauthoring two books and a screenplay as well as serving as his diarist.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cathy earnshaw on 8 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
POPism - first published in 1980 and re-issued in 2007 with Factory superstar Edie Sedgwick on the cover - is an interesting read not only for Warhol fanatics or art historians, but also for devotees of Nico's music and The Velvet Underground, fans of icon Edie Sedgwick and those simply interested in 1960s US-American culture. Warhol's deadpan humour, so evident in his Diaries, does not quite find full expression here; the book as a whole comes across as more ephemeral than that heavy door-stopper. And yet the reflections found here on the decade that became so pivotal not only in terms of his career but also for the course of the second half of the 20th century are riveting. Key events in Warhol's life and the Factory scene are commented on: the birth of the female "superstar" (Baby Jane, Naomi Levine), the arrival of monied socialite Edie Sedgwick at the Factory, the "underground" movies that made his name as a filmmaker (Chelsea Girls, Vinyl, Lonesome Cowboys), the release of the famous banana-skinned Velvet Underground & Nico record, Warhol being seriously injured by Valerie Solanas, and the professionalisation of the Factory in the late 1960s.

We hear his account of cultural icon Edie Sedgwick who, Warhol explains, felt humiliated by her roles in his movies (such as Screen Tests, Beauty #2, Vinyl). Sedgwick told him: "These movies are making a complete fool out of me! Everyone knows I just stand around in them doing nothing and you film it and what kind of talent is that! Try to imagine how I feel!" Their relationship - having been wined & dined as the celebrity couple par excellence from August to December 1965 - deteriorated because of her serious drug use and growing alliance with the Dylan crowd as well as Warhol's notorious inability to deal with personal conflicts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By calmly on 25 Oct. 2007
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talc Demon on 27 Sept. 2011
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This is an account of Andy Warhol's decade through the 1960's, from his rise from relative obscurity to his attempted murder by a delusional bit-part player.

Although at times Warhol's name-dropping is a little nebulous and irrelevant to the point of confusion, it provides an insight into the artistic (art-cinema and music, as well as painting) crowd he moved in, and indeed a skewed portrayal of artistic society in the 1960's.

Warhol seems to take the part of a fly on the wall, watching, listening, connecting people with each other and at times provoking. Warhol moves in a society of, at one end, rich and famous celebrity, and at the other, emotionally disturbed and desperate hand-to-mouth misfits; this appears to be what provides the fertile agar-jelly medium (namely his establishment The Factory), from which his art was cultured.

For anyone interested in the interface between artistic and celebrity culture, especially that in the 1960's, this is a gem. If you're not, then you'd probably find this a little boring, and it's not a good place to start if you need converting.
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