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The Andy Warhol Diaries

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  1,874 ratings  ·  116 reviews
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
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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.
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!
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.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Debra Komar
Deliciously bitchy gossipy goodness. Warhol does not come off well in this book - he borders on racist and sexist at times and clearly hates fat people - but it is an absorbing glimpse into the mind of someone who is either a genius or the greatest huckster of the modern art world. There is nothing polished or self-promoting about this book and Warhol was clearly a self-absorbed man who disliked others and was wildly judgemental. As one could guess from his art, he also had very commercial, main ...more
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.
Janna
One of my all time favorite books.
j
this is probably my favourite 3-star book. i can't say i loved it, i didn't devour it, i don't have passages underlined, i won't revisit it. but the feeling of reading it will remain.

he says a lot of precise, observant and funny things, but the philosophy of andy warhol has all of that and more covered.

and yeah it's nice seeing the names of famous people, but who didn't know that andy warhol hung out with everyone in new york. if you didn't, this will be a rough start. get your google ready.

th
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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
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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
Shelley
I found I couldn't read too much of this in one sitting. However, if you have the patience it's a fascinating read taken a few entries at a time. And do it in chronological order as the introduction advises. Warhol had a never-ending social calendar and his encounters, assessments and recollections of other well-known names in his circle are entertaining, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and always brutally honest, even if one is unfamiliar with who he's referring to. His assessments of himself a ...more
Shauna
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.
Tamarra
It felt as if he took me with him while he lived his life. I enjoyed being a part of his journey. Actually I was fascinated, and still find myself thinking of something he said or did.
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
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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!
Bobbi Piles
I bought this book when it was first published. My best friend Debra was a huge art fan and we got copies together, talking about what we read. I've been in a very 70s place lately, what with American Hustle and it's amazing wardrobes, House of DVF, and rewatch after rewatch of Ultrasuede on Netflix. It was time to hang with Andy again. My only problem with the book is the pictures - there aren't enough and the ones included aren't great. Warhol took pictures everywhere, of everyone, so there sh ...more
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
Winter Sophia Rose
Heartbreaking, Priceless, Interesting & Enjoyable!
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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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