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The Andy Warhol Diaries Edited by Pat Hackett (Modern Classics (Penguin)) [Paperback]

Andy Warhol
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4 Nov 2010 Modern Classics (Penguin)
Andy Warhol kept these diaries faithfully from November 1976 right up to his final week, in February 1987. Written at the height of his fame and success, Warhol records the fun of an Academy Awards party, nights out at Studio 54, trips between London, Paris and New York, and surprisingly even the money he spent each day, down to the cent. With appearances from and references to everyone who was anyone, from Jim Morrison, Martina Navratilova and Calvin Klein to Shirley Bassey, Estee Lauder and Muhammad Ali, these diaries are the most glamorous, witty and revealing writings of the twentieth century.

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  • Paperback: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (4 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141193077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141193076
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cruel, sexy, and sometimes heartbreaking ... Warhol is no neutral observer, but a character in his own right (Newsweek)

A guilty pleasure, famed for their celebrity anecdotes, their triviality, their lack of engagement...The 90s bestseller that no one admitted having read...In his diaries, as in much else, Warhol was way ahead of the game. (Nicola Barr The Observer)

Diaries are his last great work of art, and no less valuable for having been created with even less visible conscious intent than anything else he produced....There's something about them that makes you strongly suspect that editor Pat Hackett has done a very thorough and sympathetic job...There is much to surprise, though...Warhol was a more amusing person, and a more human one, than the mask and blond fright-wig might have let on. The deadpan are by no means immune to human feeling, after all. (Nicholas Lezard The Guardian)

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Andy Warhol, a painter and graphic artist, 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 in his studio, the Factory, Warhol died in New York in 1987.

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


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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy's Diary is a Smasheroo 4 July 2011
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Andy Warhol was a bundle of contradictions - he was sensitive, witty, caring, outrageous, honest, scared, generous, and insecure and the most important a philosopher of life - that's what his Diary is all about.

In his life featured the Who's Who of the famous and the infamous; he knew them all - gays, lesbians, drag queens fags and fairies.

Honest and churchgoing - "So we're at the dinner and they introduced me to the cardinal and he said, `I hear you have a nephew who's a priest,' and I said, `Oh, yes, but he just ran away with a Mexican nun.' And when I said that, Fred yanked me away and was screaming at me, how could I do that to the cardinal when he was half-gone (he had a stroke) and there were only twenty cardinals in the world, and why couldn't I have just said, `fine' and let it go ...' When the Cardinal left he rolled down the window of the car and said, Andy Warhol is such an honest person, he could have lied to me and said his nephew was fine, but instead he told me the truth and I love his art and I know he goes to church every Sunday.'

Funny - `I watched Tarzan on cable and Bo Derek is the worst actress in the world. She was eating a banana, and she couldn't even eat a banana. It was like she had no teeth.'
Used funny words like stinkeroo and smasheroo.

Preoccupied with young beautiful people and his own looks - `But tell me why it is that everybody is so good-looking now. In the fifties, there were the really good-looking people and then all the rest who weren't. Today, everybody is at least attractive. How did it happen? Is it because there's no wars to kill the beauties?'

`Oh, and I look so bad I need a facelift.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warhol musings. 7 Mar 2013
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An interesting but also at times overly verbose view of life a la Warhol. Good for skipping in and out of.,for amusement !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Andy Warhol Diaries 14 July 2012
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This book I received in perfectly new condition. Excellent read, although
its relevance is somewhat dated, the narrative of Andy Warhol's life is
constantly intriguing. Would reccomend.
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