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Popism: The Warhol of the Sixties

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,227 ratings  ·  71 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, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1983 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1980)
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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
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 talking drugs- a lot of drugs. Andy talked a bit about his art but mostly he d ...more
Pavlina Radolavova
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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7jane
Jul 31, 2015 7jane rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Naomi Bimba
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.
Aude
Oct 10, 2007 Aude rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Dfordoom
A wonderful look inside the world of Warhol's Factory, from the perspective of the man himself.
Lisa Kren
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the life and works of Warhol.
David Fulmer
“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
Ian
Reads like a tabloid article.
Madeleine
I fucking love Andy Warhol.
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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Michael Eppelheimer
Dec 29, 2011 Michael Eppelheimer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Vincent
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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Martin
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
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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Andrea Sanchez
This book takes you to the inside world of what is was like to be "in" with the "in crowd" during
the time of the swinging sixties and counter culture. Mr. Warhol lead a fascinating life who knew
the "who's who" of the film and rock world from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan to Judy Garland
along with the 100 plus friends who lived on the fringes of society. Most who met with tragic
endings. If you like the 60's genre, you will enjoy this book.
Beverly Rosendahl
Amazing book, especially for anyone who is a fan of either Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick or just loves the swingin 60's in New York, or art and or the pop art movement, Loved this book.
Stacey
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
Sheridan
3.5 Stars

Quick and interesting read
Tosh
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
Rebecca
I may be biased because I love all things Andy Warhol but this book is amazing. New York in the 60s was the beginning of pop culture and Warhol writes about the tentative beginnings of Pop all the way up to when Pop became mainstream. Not only do you get the sense of what Warhol was working on during this time (art, movies, and music), but you also get insight into the underground world of New York and the colorful characters that inhabit it. Interesting read that is impossible to put down.
Nie_nett
Nice overview about an exciting decade. A little bit of too much, "I met him, then I met her, then I met"... A bit contrary to his "Philosophy of Andy Warhol", where he talks about beauty as if it was not an essential thing to him. This book here is full of the word "beautiful", though.

What I like about it is how he very often seems to be just dragged through all the happenings without really doing much himself. In his opinion, its the others that make him stand in the focus of attention.
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Andrew Peyrie
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 Alan 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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