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Holy Terror: Andy Warhol, Close-Up

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  330 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Bob Colacello presents an insider's look at the man and phenomenon that was Warhol.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Harper Perennial (first published 1990)
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Tommy Bat-Blog Brookshire
I've been a huge Andy Warhol Fan for a very long time & have read almost every book there is about him. This one is the BEST so far. It was written by Bob Colacello, who actually worked very closely with Andy for many years. So, there's a ton of inside information & circumstances that's really interesting, both from a "Biography" point of view & "Art History". Back in the 70's and 80's Colacello worked for Interview ( the Magazine created by Warhol ) & now, I think, he works for ...more
Jim Wayland
Not just the best biography of Andy Warhol, but one of THE BEST bios I've EVER read. Colacello has written for magazines, and so makes each chapter a closely-observed slice of his years inside the Warhol Factory and New York's "In" society circles.
Andrew Stansbury-Cecil
a deep look at andy and his obsession with celebrity. the author wrote this as diary entries and published the scoop immediately following the artist's death. was put together after the writer quit working for andy. a touch of bitterness on almost every page. makes andy look stingy, although i know for a fact that he gave away huge amounts of his artwork for free and gave nobodies, like the author, a chance to work with him. there is a lack of good editing going on here also with the various par ...more
I actually read about half of this, and it was pretty good. It was obvious the author had a huge ax to grind against Andy and the circle, but I have to admit this doesn't bother me too much because I'm a Warhol skeptic, not so much about the art, which is considerable and worthy (for the most part), but for the whole vacuous bohemian scene and fawning that went on. Warhol strikes me as a cipher, although he was smart enough to keep his mouth shut most of the time and let everyone else write on t ...more
An oldie but goodie for me. This book is a smorgasbord of NYC art/entertainment gossip, both horrifying and captivating. It heightened my fascination with the NYC that existed in the 60s/70s/80s, a down and dirty version of the artstar/hipster playland of today. I could not put it down once I got started, and I think it might be time to give it a re-read.
Julie Stout
enjoying all the juicy tidbits about Andy Warhol and his entourage. this is the kind of stuff that can keep me up at night. It's better than the best reality tv on steroids!

Brilliant on every level. Not one page was less than riveting. Will be worth a second read in 10 years from now. Laugh out loud funny stuff too!
love bios that don't read like history lessons--this is THE book to read if you really want an accurate glimpse of Warhol beyond the art.
Really great and brutal biography of Andy from someone who worked with him really closely for a long time. I think my husband was secretly bummed out when I told him Andy kind of did drugs and kind of messed around with dudes. Kind of. Anyone into Warhol who has read THE Philosophy of... or his autobiography should read this too as a companion piece.
Andy wasn't really so original, brilliant and caring as we all thought? Well, no, we knew he wasn't all that nice. A couple hundred pages of juicy gossip from one of Andy's right- wing men, but which of it is true and which is mere hallucination? One thing is for sure; it's fun in a true warholian way.
I read this when I was obsessed with Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. I think I read this book five times my 10th grade year. Not the best written, but really gives inside details about what life was [allegedly:] like having the in's with Warhol and his crew. Enjoyed.
Of all the books about Andy Warhol, this one is not the best written, but it is the most detailed, insightful and, in my best estimation, captures the delicate balance of what was real and what was supposed to be real in Andy's world.
Whoa. This was like reading 500 pages of Jezebel, if Jezebel was set in the late 60's and 70's when stars were awesome and if Jezebel was an insider.

Catty joy.
i first borrowed this from my public library when i was in junior high school. i loved it and have been a fan of warhol since.
A wonderful portrait of a man with a very controlled image. The truth you get to when the one speaking has nothing to lose.
I really thought Andy Warhol would have been a more interesting topic. Lots of gossip, mostly about people I've never heard of.
Let's just say that reading biographies of people you admire can often be a bad idea.
Edward Mourningwood
No one has anything nice to say about Andy and I think he'd like that just fine.
Evan Cordes
Great insider view of Warhol in the 70's. Plenty of dish.
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Too much history, not enough dirt.
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