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4.0 out of 5 stars
A well written,factual biography of a 20th century enigma, 5 Feb 2002
I found this biography to be well written and well researched.One gripe I did have with the book,was that it concentrated to a large extent on his creative life,perhaps not unreasonably considering the artist's inarticulate nature and secrecy.
He kept his own life and emotions away from his public,and his associates(His "superstars")and this mystique still persists.
However,saying that,it is apparent from reading this book that Andy was not the passive automaton he often presented himself as.There is still a fair amount of material in the book,that shows a man in many ways ill at ease with himself.But it also reveals his intelligence and wit,and fundamental humanity,under that prematurely grey wig.
Good analyses of his films,art work and books are also presented,though once or twice in reading,I found myself skipping certain over- intricate parts.
Also relatively well recorded are the portraits of his "employees"and hangers on at the factory,and this book is not full of the usual claims that he was responsible for many of his superstars extreme behaviour patterns,and untimely deaths.At the same time it is not an unconfessed apology for his immersion in the bizarre world he found some identity in,and does not make him out to have discouraged such behaviours.In fact,considering the time and location,they do not seem so strange.
In summary,this book gives a fine portrait of one of the 20th centuries most influential movers and shakers;as artist,director,writer and over all,his often hidden human nature.