The Andy Warhol Diaries

The Andy Warhol Diaries

by Andy Warhol, Pat Hackett


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In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the bestselling classic is introduced to a new generation-with an added preface by Warhol's diarist and long-time friend, Pat Hackett, contemplating Warhol's lasting cultural impact.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455561452
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 189,723
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

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.

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Andy Warhol Diaries 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
if you didnt like warhol before, you will after this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you feel the need to know how much Mr. Andy Warhol tipped cab drivers etc... then this book is for you. Perhaps... a great coffee table book to glance through, but not a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down so interesting and funny
Ryan Morris More than 1 year ago
If you already like Andy, you will love his daily observations told with trademark dry wit and thrifty use of words. It must have been pretty cool to be Andy Warhol and this book chronicles his point of view during the height of his celebrity rather than his more prolific younger years as an artist. Expect some pretty hilarious celebrity gossip and find out which actress has B.O. The book comes to an abrupt and sad end but serves as the most important "autobiography" of this very special 20th century philosopher and artist.
jhhymas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My mother bought this book when it was fairly new. She was fascinated with art, celebrity and popular culture--which made this book a perfect fit for her. Often she had insomnia, but this book is so heavy she couldn't hold it to read in bed. Her solution? She razored it into sections, and read it in sections, She talked about it a lot when she was reading it. She was also a gestalt therapist, so I imagine the psychological implications may have interested her, also. After she was finished, she duct-taped (honest) the spine which sort of put the book back together, so it could be shelved. This duct-taped book graced one of her bookcases for the rest of her life, showing that books are really not that precious. I was shocked then, but now I sort of get it. June
edwinbcn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pat Hackett was Andy Warhol¿s secretary for more than 20 years. Although she describes herself as his secretary, their cooperation was much closer than that professional label suggests. Warhol and Hackett co-authored two books. In case of The Andy Warhol Diaries, Hackett is presented as the editor. On the other hand, the two-line biographical note in the Penguin Modern Classics edition lists her serving as his diarist.The Andy Warhol Diaries is preceded by a 25-pages foreword, written by Pat Hackett, explaining how the diaries were written, and how they should be read. According to Hackett, the diaries should be read cover-to-cover, to be read as a whole, without skipping. That is quite a bold statement for a book which counts 1123 pages, and is, in fact, rather boring. She does not tell the reader exactly why it should be read that way, but it suggests, covertly, that the work should be seen as a Gesamt Kunstwerk, something that only works as a whole, not in parts.Diaries are usually published after the author¿s death. If published during their life time, diaries are either considered to provide key information on a particular period or were conceived in a particular way by their authors to describe (part of) life as the author (intentionally) wants to share with their readers. A diary is usually written by the author him- / herself, and usually provides intimate, personal descriptions of their life, work and reflections. Readers of diaries are usually motivated to read through hundreds or thousands of pages, hoping to find a representation of the historical life time of the author, and become closely acquainted with their lives and ideas.Andy Warhol is the author of these diaries, but he did not write them. This is not so unusual as it seems; for hundreds of years there have been writers who dictated a scribe to do the actual writing, and in modern times, authors are known to have recorded their journal entries with a tape recorder. Warhol telephoned Hackett every day, and she recorded what was discussed. How this was done is not explained, which is an important omission. The reader is told that the morning call consisted of a ¿warm up¿ ¿ a free talking, which they considered not part of the diary, followed by one or two hours of ¿doing the diary.¿ Beside the `Diary calls¿, Hackett and Warhol worked closely together, and many parts of those conversations are added to the Diary. It is not clear whether Hackett recorded and subsequently transcribed everything, or typed while they were on the phone or made notes. The foreword does tell us that these 1123 pages represent only about 10% of the total material, which is estimated at 20,000 pages. In any case, the journal entries must have been edited at some stage, because they consist of full, complete and grammatical sentences, clearly not merely a transscript.Hackett tells us that this selection presents the reader with the best and most representative part. She claims that although in some cases entries for days or whole weeks were omitted, the cutting entailed most often, just parts of days, citing as an example that if Andy went to five parties on a day, only one is reported. How and when such decisions were made is not explained, or mentioned in a byline. For example, the two weeks during which Truman Capote¿s death occurred are missing, apparently because Hackett was away for other work between August 22 and September 11, 1984.Reading the diaries it also becomes clear that a lot of information that the reader might look for is missing. Actually, Andy Warhol is missing, most of the time. The diaries are not a particularly intimate or personal record. They are much more like a log book. It is explained that the diary started as a log to register expenses, which could be used to satisfy the Tax Office. The Diary / Log was preceded by Lists of names of famous people Warhol met or visited. For the most part, these Diaries report where he went, whom he met (there) and how much th
ThatsFresh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as interesting as I hoped it would be. I got about 60 pages in and had to stop. The book's huge, which makes it impossible to carry around, and it's so long that it intimidates you from the second you bring it home. Put it on your coffee table and flip through it when you're bored.
worm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and it is long. Bridget Jones and Andy would have hit it off. Very funny and entertaining. Yes he was weird but that's what makes him so interesting. You start to feel like Andy is a friend by the end of this book.
the_answer_is on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not exactly a book that you read from cover to cover, but it is a fun coffee table book. "What was Andy Warhol doing this day 30-some years ago? LETS FIND OUT." It can be fun for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How silly I was to read these pages (that's the brilliance of Andy Warhol). It is an extreme, and boring, but non-boring look into an insecure, but very secure business man, and person. The Brilliance of Andy Warhol.
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