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The Andy Warhol Diaries

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Now in trade paperback, the sensational national bestseller that turns the spotlight on one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. These pages are filled with previously undisclosed facts about the lives and loves of the irch and famous--from royalty to movie and music stars to renowned artists.
Paperback, 807 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1989)
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Mike Lester
Fascinating. Gossipy. Elusive. Bitchy. Warhol. Makes me want to buy better shoes. 4 stars.

UPDATE: Better shoes purchased 6/20/12. With slip resistant soles no less! New shoes - 4.5 stars. Book still 4 stars.
Tosh
In my opinion there are two Andy's. The one before he got shot and the one that survived that shot. But did he? I think it affected him emotionally as well as the consistet pain that he lived with. But our Andy never grumbled, yet he kept record of his daily life of the 1980's and they're fascinating. His art at the time I think is not that interesting, but his life is another matter.

Via Andy we get a view of the jet-set as well as the Manhattan citizens of the nightclubs, reataurants, etc. Warh...more
Monica
I know this book is massive, but I just ate it up because I'm so fascinated with him and his life. Warhol was well before his time- a published diary??? Ppphhsshhhh...! The man was blogging and twittering to the public well before anyone else. He knew voyeurism of the lives of celebrities sold. If Andy were alive today, you know he'd be doing a reality tv show.
Katheter, all the world's a.
Apr 01, 2012 Katheter, all the world's a. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nostalgics, art groupies, detail-oriented prop mistresses for period pieces
Perhaps only for the most dedicated Warhol fans, this tome sees Andy recording the minute details of his seemingly glamourous life. But true to Warhol's style, ephemeral mentions of long-forgotten somebodies and precise reports of the cost of cake, cab fares, and every last tip given to any service person vie for space. Schlock attack. The banalized genius of the commonplace manages to exploit the diaristic medium as a knowing commodity. Delegating tasks is key. Even this, a diary!, was dictated...more
Mike
This was so great. I loved this. It took me 6 weeks to read because I only felt like reading it 10-15 pages at a time, but it was so fun to read, for lots of reasons. One is that it starts in 1976 and goes right up to Andy's unexpected and sudden death in 1987, and of course those were probably the funnest 12 years of my life, so it's such a fun trip down memory lane ... just the various news events he mentions in passing in his entries, and the songs and bands and celebrities. And Manhattan was...more
Gary Daly
Jun 10, 2014 Gary Daly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Graham Carter
I was warned off this mammoth book by a previous reader who said it's all just about 'how much taxi fares and magazines cost'. However, I think that fellow reader missed the point. It is an insightful, funny and painful journey of a man, an artist who regardless of his nerve and creativity struggles with himself and those around him including those (from Warhol's diaries) making a career out of being 'close' to Andy. The words reveal a sensitive and complex human being who, like the rest of us l...more
Maria Potts
When I was 17, I asked for this book for Christmas. My parents never "censored" or questioned anything I read, so there it was under the tree. I dived in. It was too overwhelming for a kid. I lost interest.

However, when I picked it up again years later, I thanked my 17 year old self for being ahead of her time!

He name drops like nobody's business and he KNEW everybody. It is fascinating.

This book is MASSIVE, but worth it!
Aldonautico
La narrativa es muy básica porque son conversaciones telefónicas con Pat Hackett, quien hizo un muy buen trabajo en reducir un manuscrito de 10 mil páginas a poco más de mil con todo y contexto. Lo califico como irresistible porque está llena de jugosos chismes y la crueldad innata de Warhol, quien se revela tal y como es (porque aquí realmente entra el lector a un espacio tan íntimo que no sobrevivió al mito).

No le puse 5 estrellas porque el ritmo llega a ser algo pesado en ocasiones y tienes q...more
Lawrence
Um...gee...what a greaaat idea. I should, like, steal it and use it in my work.
OK, enough trying to sound like the subject of the book in a review. That doesn't ever really work, does it.
I really enjoyed seeing Andy's (edited) life close up and day to day. This is my third time reading the diaries, and the more I learn about NYC/jet set history of the 70's and 80's, the more satisfying it becomes. I can finally know who he is talking about (that Google now exists also makes the diaries even more...more
Nycdreamin
An amazing 807 page monster of a book containing thousands of entries from Andy Warhol's personal diaries; starting with an entry from 11/24/76 and ending with an entry from 02/17/87, just 5 days before his death.

Andy was a busy man, creating art and sometimes controversy, always on the go, travelling around the world, hanging out with the famous and not-so-famous people in NYC...other artists, musicians, actors and actresses and just plain oddball characters that seemed to be pulled into his s...more
Jacob
so i'm watching this charlie rose panel discussion with the editors/creative directors of interview magazine along with marc jacobs in commemoration of andy's 80th birthday. unfortunately, everyone's too busy saying how ahead of his time andy was and what an exemplification of 'cool' andy's retrospective work represents, especially the magazine he started. and yet, i can't shake wryly genuine feeling that if andy were here, he couldn't help just saying, "oh, you're all so good-looking (especiall...more
Davidg
I have spent 16 months in the company of Andy Warhol and the company of "friends", employees and acquaintances. This book has sat in my loo and I've read a few entries most days. It has felt a bit like Groundhog Day as the same things happen over and over again. If you tried to read it in bigger chunks, I imagine you might be bored out of your mind.

This isn't really a diary. It was all phoned through to Pat Hackett (the editor) the morning after the day before. It was started as a way to keep a...more
Tracy Reilly
Absolute tripe: an empty intestine. If you want to follow the dead adventures of the most infamous famous, here it is in all its stunning flatness. Every 15 minutes reading is more dull than the last. Typical entry: " Met Mick and Liz at ten." I made that up, but it's how the whole thing reads.
sun-hwa
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Kristine
disturbingly, I've read this 800+ page tome in its entirity more than 10 times. Sean, this explains why I never got around to so many other books. Addictive and comforting, more a art piece on minutia and tedium and celebrity and mental illness and lonliness than a memoir.
Myrna Minkoff
I have meticulously recorded *every single cent* I've spent for the last eleven years in a series of Wilson Jones accounting tablets. And that's because of this book; Andy's weird compulsion made complete sense to me.
Bojana
" The whole situation was funny because Catherine and I didn't know anything about Michael Jackson, really, and he didn't know anything about me—he thought I was a poet or something like that. So he was asking questions that nobody who knew me would ask—like if I was married, if I had any kids, if my mother was alive…(laughs) I told him, “She’s in a home."


" I haven’t peed on any canvases this week. This is for the Piss paintings. I told Ronnie not to pee when he gets up in the morning—to try to...more
Jerjonji
I'm not sure I'm going to finish this book- not only is it huge, but reading night after night about the endless parties and bickering is wearing me out more than trying to find a comfortable position to actually read the book. Lots of drugs, lots of talk about sex, but mostly it's about who's who and how they interacted with Warhol or he them. Name dropping in an obscure way, since he never meant for these notes/phone calls to be published. He's catty, mean, observant, honest, silly, and he's s...more
Shauna Force
This is a book, that I'm not sure was designed to be read from cover to cover. That is my way of admitting I haven't finished it. This is a very long series of journals. If you take it as such, and can sort through the mundane (my cab cost this much, the party was boring and I left) there are some amusing stories of Andy and all of his famous friends in the late 70s and early 80s. Must read for any Warhol fan.
Jean-Marie Schlömer
Just read the introduction and the first couple of chapters - this seems incredibly mundane and probably would only be interesting if you're a die-hard Warhol fan.
Angie
I've never been that interested in Warhol's art but his work with Interview Magazine and his mysterious persona and celebrity lifestyle were interesting to me and this book delivers. Starting in 1976, he began to recite a diary for Pat Hackett to transcribe every day for 11 years - until his death. So in his exact words you see inside his day to day life of art shows, Broadway shows, concerts, gala openings, etc.. and his thoughts on the pop culture of the time and his entertaining take on all t...more
J.souza
I could only get to 20 pages of this one...

THIS IS MADE ONLY FOR WARHOL HARDCORE FANS, which I am not.

In fact, I'm not fan of anybody on a level to read their accountability record, which is what this book is. Right at the intro, the writer who putted this together says that Andy hated to write, even Christmas cards, which I could have read as a bad sign, but I decided to keep on going.

In each day he gives a record of what he ate and drank, how much did it costs, and than puts some random notes...more
Jared
The gossip was alright, but not spectacular. I've heard people refer to Warhol as an empty, emotionless asshole, and, by god, they were right!
Matt Micucci
Jun 19, 2009 Matt Micucci rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pop art enthusiasts and lovers of Andy
While it may not be as ecxiting as you would think, it is also understandably because it's not set in the era which represented the fulcrum of Warhol's popularity. It isn't often, however, that we get a jist of what a personality as Andy Warhol actually thought about things, and it comes quite revealing a times what a peculiar personality he had. The editing of this book was perhaps too brutal, but as Pat Hackett herself says in the introduction, if she hadn't edited it so, it would have been a...more
Barbara Rice
This is interesting in a voyeuristic sort of way. Warhol carefully narrated everything that happened to him every day, every person he saw, every dime he spent. He offered little, if any, insight or opinion other than the occasional bitchy remark (i.e. about Jerry Hall: "she says such stupid things") so if you're looking for revelations about the rich and coked-out, you ain't gonna find them here.

It does get tedious after a while. It's like being stuck next to someone on a plane who talks consta...more
Lisa
Apr 28, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Art students and Hollywood gossip fans.
I love this book. I especially love the fact that long ago, the now-defunct "Spy" magazine published an INDEX to accompany this diary, and I still have the index. Did he talk about Woody Allen? Page 104, 124, and more. Madonna? Many references. Bob Goulet? Page 355. This book is a wealth of cultural observation from the latter years of The Factory, the glory days of Studio 54, through Punk, and right into the 80's. He wasn't very nice, but he loved his dogs! Compelling and intricate, the best of...more
S.
I read about a quarter of this large volume. There's a lot of name dropping and I didn't have time to look everyone up. I really liked the introduction by Pat Hackett and would have enjoyed reading more from her.
Cindy
I became interested in learning more about him after visiting the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh - its very well done by the way - but didn't give myself enough time and only got through 2 of the seven floors! I really enjoyed his take on the politics of the time (1977-1987): Carter Administration, Reagan Administration, AIDS Epidemic, etc..... and of course all the gossip! 3-1/2 stars. Checked out this book from the library and its huge (and heavy), so best read on a Kindle or iPad.
Christina Gouthro


Whoa. I didn't know that Andy Warhol was such a diva and snob!,,, he was kind of a slutty backstabbing biatch. If he were around I would probably never be friends w him, JFK, it's Andy Warhol, I would totally sell out and try to be best friends with him, only because he would get us into the coolest parties and the swankiest fetes...., and maybe he would fall in love with me. Wait, is this the premise for Factory Girl? Now let's get back to that factory.
Blue Dogstar
Great fun if you like this kind of thing. He's my favorite artist but I would still say this book was important to understand the art market and the culture of the times it was written in.
Andy falls out of favor as new kids come in, the graffiti artists, but then he manages to become the leader of their crew. Some say the work he did at the end of his life was not as important but I think it's too soon to know. I've read this book a number of times.
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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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