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Popism: The Warhol of the Sixties

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,483 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Popism is the ultimate insider's chronicle of the cultural revolution Andy Warhol started during the decade that changed the face of America. Funny and candid, outrageous and mind-bending, all the stories from Warhol's studio, The Factory, are here. Written by Warhol with Pat Hackett, this companion volume to The Andy Warhol Diaries is the narrative of a time by the man wh ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1980)
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7jane
Feb 15, 2014 7jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in 60s NY world of famous people
This is a good introduction to books produced by Andy Warhol because it's light tone and optimism, interesting details and how easy it is to read. My father had the first copy of this book that I read many times. An introduction to the strange world of the Factory from its earliest days, the people come and go, the music (including the Velvet Underground plays), the cameras film on and tinfoil and the 1960s are everywhere, in fashion, drugs, people and art. Beautiful and interesting to read. Rec ...more
Cari
Easy read but fascinating. Warhol's style is very conversational, very gossipy, and if it weren't for the tragic ends of so many of the individuals featured, Popism would be almost fluffy. The name dropping got to be a little much, as if he were trying to stuff as many big names as possible into the pages, and certain instances were quite clearly sugarcoated to downplay the drama and make himself look better by minimizing his involvement (example: Edie Sedgwick). Not much of a narrative, just vi ...more
Madeleine
Sep 28, 2008 Madeleine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, andy-warhol
I fucking love Andy Warhol.
Vienna
Apr 22, 2017 Vienna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I liked the part about Andy himself, the Factory and the overall '60s vibe, but I didn't like the rest that much. He talked about lots of other people I didn't know and care about, so that made it very flat for me. Sadly that was what he talked about most, so that's why I can only give it 2 stars.
Ellen
This was a Munson Williams Proctor (MWP) book club book. As with many book club books it is probably not a book I would have read on my own. This book illustrates why I love book clubs. The book was difficult to read in that it was very disjointed. He (Andy Warhol) mentioned so many people and many people were in and out of his circle quickly that it was very confusing. Also, most of the people around Andy Warhol were taking drugs- a lot of drugs. Andy talked a bit about his art but mostly he de ...more
Aude
Oct 10, 2007 Aude rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who heart Andy Warhol
You have to really love andy Warhol to get through this because it is sooo boring.
Andy Warhol wrote it himself and I don't think he is a very good writer. He just tells it like it is which is not my kind of book.
But hey
it might be yours.
Vincent
Dec 22, 2010 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read The Philosophy of Andy Warhol many, many years ago but still quote that "McDonald's is Beautiful" phrase today. I like Andy Warhol's ideas and some of his work but fall short of being a fan. POPism is an interesting chronological record of the founding of the Pop Art movement from its widely accepted father, Andy Warhol.

Andy's penchant for gossip and name dropping helped me make new connections that were completely obvious but ignored because I never thought to put the personalities toge
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Melissa
Aug 01, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warhol's personal account of the 1960s Pop phenomenon/culture...
You have to either love Warhol, or be really into the NYC 60s social scene to enjoy this book. Being both, I thought it was great. This memoir is filled with interesting and oddly insightful stories/ observations that could only come from the unique perspective of Warhol. I used it for my thesis so I read it more than once.
Indra
Sep 04, 2010 Indra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this the elusive 3.5 that doesn't exist. I enjoyed it, it was chatty, conversational and interesting...full of good dish. Warhol was quite witty and his life certainly wasn't boring. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in him, the period, pop culture, or all of the above.
Julie Stout
Jan 25, 2013 Julie Stout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, pop-culture
Warhol is so insightful, clever and an absolute riot of a character! I adored every word of this book and found myself agreeing with so many of Warhol's sensibilities, like I was hanging out with a good friend. I'll read this again eventually, just like I'll eventually re-read the diary of andy warhol eventually. Warhol as the Proust of the 20th century!
Naomi Bimba
Oct 17, 2013 Naomi Bimba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible and mesmerising portrait of 1960's New York and all of the beautiful people that lived in Warhol's exclusive world. Junkies, supermodels, it girls and drag queens swarm the Factory, whilst Warhol watches and often documents. I could read this book again and again, Warhol is such a sublime oddball.
Amy
This book was so good. It is such an interesting perspective on life in the 60s and Warhol name drops pretty much every important name in the entertainment business at the time. I really want to read all the Andy Warhol books now.
Alexa
Apr 22, 2017 Alexa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're not interested by Andy Warhol or his factory mates, then you won't enjoy this book. It's not a guide to pop art, it's a glimpse into the life of an icon and the people he surrounded himself with. A great read for Warhol fans.
Lisa Kren
Mar 10, 2009 Lisa Kren rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the life and works of Warhol.
Ian
Mar 07, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, biography
Reads like a tabloid article.
Maddy
Got this book out of the library, I forget why, I think I just felt that Andy Warhol was a huge and basic gap in my art/culture knowledge. By accident I started taking notes on my phone about the book as I was reading, which is the best method for not forgetting anything that I want to remember, but also sometimes gets so fun that it interrupts my reading. And invariably gets too long...

"a thousand New York names and where to drop them" -a novelty book that Andy says he got a big kick out of see
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David Fulmer
Dec 24, 2013 David Fulmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Popism” isn’t a work of art criticism or a scholarly monograph about the Pop Art movement in art which followed close on the heels of Abstract Expressionism but rather a charming and guileless memoir of the 1960s as told by one of the major cultural figures of the period, the painter, filmmaker and artist Andy Warhol. In it, Warhol, who had become a successful commercial artist in the 1950s drawing everything from record album covers to shoe advertisements, describes his efforts to become a suc ...more
Pavlina Radoslavova
60-те години винаги са ме привличали със своя вдъхновяващ бунт и цветно очарование. За мен те винаги са били едно събирателно десетилетие – символ, не само за едно поколение, но за цялото човечество. Подплатени с музика, която разтърсва, филми, които провокират, събития, идеи, политика и личности, които рушат остановеното статукво, тези години се превръщат в повратна точка на културната революция през ХХ век.

60-те са времето, в което личността освобождава своето съзнание, дух и желания… масово.
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amy
Sep 20, 2009 amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, autobiography
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Tom O'brien
I am a big fan of Andy Warhol, both his art and the person himself. However I am reluctantly giving up on Popism...for now.
Before buying the book, I read another review in which the author argued that one has to REALLY like Warhol to get on with this book, and I am inclined to agree. The book reads largely as a memoir, however Warhol is not the most fluent of writers, and his style is, at times, disjointed and clunky. Moreover, Warhol spends a lot of time discussing the people he meets, but as
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Michael Eppelheimer
Dec 29, 2011 Michael Eppelheimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Michael by: No one
I was fascinated while reading this book, front to back. In it, Warhol is very open about his standpoint on his involvement with all of the people who orbited the factory in the 60s, open about his insecurities, his love and jealousy of fame and his fear that without all of the colorful characters, he might lose inspiration. His openness and acceptance of changing morals and what art could be and be about made the factory a nexus for that change bleeding out into society. Should he have been res ...more
Michael Eppelheimer
Dec 29, 2011 Michael Eppelheimer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Michael by: No one
I was fascinated while reading this book, front to back. In it, Warhol is very open about his standpoint on his involvement with all of the people who orbited the factory in the 60s, open about his insecurities, his love and jealousy of fame and his fear that without all of the colorful characters, he might lose inspiration. His openness and acceptance of changing morals and what art could be and be about made the factory a nexus for that change bleeding out into society. Should he have been res ...more
Martin Bihl
Jan 29, 2011 Martin Bihl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's start with the understanding that I am really intrigued by Mr. Warhol, that I used to watch his movies back in the day when you had to get video stores to order them on VHS tape, and that I have listened to far more than my fair share of the Velvet Underground. Does that make me an expert? No. Does it make me a fan? Undoubtedly. And yet, I both didn't expect a lot from this, and didn't quite know what to expect as well (which, not that I think of it, is probably the proper way to encounter ...more
Dramatika
Jun 03, 2017 Dramatika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great time travel trip into the fantastic era of revolution in art, with the very artist himself showing us the way. You feel the excitement and madness of that period, get acquianted with the best "it" people of that transformation, from gallery curators and artist to musicians, writers and actors. There are drag queens, gays, trans, weirdos high society women, all part of the Factory universe created by the genius Andy Warhol.
Lauren
I found this at an antiques shop and have always wanted to learn more about Andy Warhol. So far, the book is really good. It's written In first person from his perspective and you can tell from his writing (at least so far) that he did live up to his quirky persona. Can't wait to finish it...

Ok, so I need to put this book down for awhile. Don't get me wrong, it's a good read, but you have to follow (or really keep up with) Andy Warhol's mind. The book is written from his point of view and he jus
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Tosh
Nov 23, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 60's in New York City via the eyes of Andy Warhol. A very much straight forward memoir of what was happening at the time. Not hard to believe considering Warhol photographed every person he met or at the very least tape-recorded their conversations. Speed-like obsession over objects and people. One can argue if Warhol is truly the great artist of the 20th Century (no, Duchamp is) but without a doubt he is the 'recorder' of his time - and that makes him a historian of sorts. Essential book. R ...more
Stacey
Dec 29, 2008 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-finish
Just a fun read that name drops a lot and gives an insight into the pop culture phenomenon.

I have put this book down. I feel Warhol gives no juicy details. He barley scratches the surface; which made the book easy to put down.
It is very rare that I don't finish a novel, I have suffered months through Russian authors and not given up. But I feel no remorse on giving up on Warhol's Popism. He summed it up best when he talks about the pop artist's desire to work in every medium. Warhol is talented
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Lily C.
I never really was sure how I felt about Andy Warhol before I read this, but I think I can now say with confidence that he is the most frustrating human being I have ever heard of. There's just something about the way he carries himself that bugs me, I just can't put my finger on it. Some of the other people he talked about who he worked with and whatnot also seem unlikeable, but perhaps it's the way they all seem to be acting. It was an interesting look into the art scene of the sixties, but go ...more
Sarah
Oct 02, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read. Very gossipy and I have no idea whether everything written about is entirely true but it provides an incredible insight into the Pop scene in New York in the 60s. The book may not appeal so much to those who are not fans of Andy Warhol or who know very little about him and his work but the way Warhol documents his activities in the 60s would surely be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about pop culture, social history or art. AMAZING.
Andrew Guthrie
Feb 29, 2008 Andrew Guthrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly well written yet chock full of 1960s NYC gossip and name dropping. Every so often Andy even stops to name the song or album that was being played over and over at that particular moment. Sort of like a box of candy where you can dip in and out of, take nibbles and watch TV at the same time. Edie, Viva, Ultra Violet, Taylor Meade, Gerard Melanga, Paul Morrisey along with Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Judy Garland, Dennis Hopper, Keith Richards and many many more!!
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Andrew Warhola, better known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a central figure in the movement known as Pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author, and a public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street ...more
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