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POPism: The Warhol Sixties

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,307 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Anecdotal, funny, frank, POPism is Warhol’s personal view of the Pop phenomenon in New York in the 1960s and a look back at the relationships that made up the scene at the Factory, including his relationship with Edie Sedgewick, focus of the upcoming film Factory Girl. In the detached, back-fence gossip style he was famous for, Warhol tells all—the ultimate inside story of ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Mariner Books (first published 1980)
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Mar 23, 2010 Cari rated it really liked it
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
Sep 28, 2008 Madeleine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, andy-warhol
I fucking love Andy Warhol.
Jul 29, 2015 Ellen rated it liked it
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 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.
Jul 31, 2015 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
Naomi Bimba
Oct 17, 2013 Naomi Bimba rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 10, 2007 Aude rated it did not like it
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.
Feb 08, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 18, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
A wonderful look inside the world of Warhol's Factory, from the perspective of the man himself.
Lisa Kren
Mar 10, 2009 Lisa Kren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the life and works of Warhol.
David Fulmer
Dec 24, 2013 David Fulmer rated it it was amazing
“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
Mar 24, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction, biography
Reads like a tabloid article.
Dec 05, 2013 Maddy added it
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
Michael Eppelheimer
Dec 29, 2011 Michael Eppelheimer rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2010 amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, autobiography
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Oct 10, 2011 Vincent rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2013 Martin rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2013 Lauren added it
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
Andrea Sanchez
Jan 20, 2014 Andrea Sanchez rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2014 Beverly Rosendahl rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 15, 2009 Stacey rated it it was ok
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
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
Bobbi Piles
Apr 02, 2016 Bobbi Piles rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, nonfiction
Not. Enough. Pictures!
Frankie Smith
Aug 14, 2015 Frankie Smith rated it really liked it
he remembered the 60's.
Jul 23, 2015 Sheridan rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
3.5 Stars

Quick and interesting read
Nov 27, 2007 Tosh rated it it was amazing
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
Christopher Ames
Jul 20, 2015 Christopher Ames rated it really liked it
a hoot.
Aug 11, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-reads
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.
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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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