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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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Nov 23, 2007 Tosh rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2008 Lawrence rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 04, 2008 Kristine rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 11, 2008 Jacob rated it liked it
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
Myrna Minkoff
Jul 27, 2008 Myrna Minkoff rated it it was amazing
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.
Barbara Rice
May 04, 2009 Barbara Rice rated it liked it
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
Matt Micucci
Jun 19, 2009 Matt Micucci rated it liked it
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
Maria Potts
Jul 16, 2009 Maria Potts rated it really liked it
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!
Nov 18, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, art, memoir
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.
Sep 15, 2011 Janna rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books.
Nov 07, 2011 Jerjonji rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary-lit
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
Tracy Reilly
Mar 21, 2012 Tracy Reilly rated it did not like it
Shelves: rancid
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.
Mike Lester
Jul 05, 2012 Mike Lester rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 24, 2014 J.souza rated it did not like it
I could only get to 20 pages of this one...


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
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
Dec 22, 2012 Aldonautico rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2013 sun-hwa rated it it was amazing
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Nov 29, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it
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
Dec 05, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
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
Feb 23, 2015 r rated it liked it
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.

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.
May 18, 2014 Davidg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gary Daly
Jun 10, 2014 Gary Daly rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 31, 2014 Bojana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
" 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
Debra Komar
Sep 25, 2014 Debra Komar rated it really liked it
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
Bobbi Piles
Apr 23, 2015 Bobbi Piles rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
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
Aug 06, 2015 Brooklynlamb rated it it was amazing
I'm going through an Andy Warhol Phase. Absolutely loved his diaries! They are snarky AND full of heartfelt wisdom. He was a genius.
Jan 11, 2016 Scotty rated it really liked it
when i was younger i used to look up to a lot of people in this book. but after reading this 807 page book. its so clear that the crowd andy warhol hung out were not particulary nice people.
its a big read at 807 pages, and if you can past the tedious little day to day things warhol did. this can be an interesting read. warhol came into contact with a lot of big name people from calvin klein to halston, from mick jagger to boy george.from truman capote to tennessee williams. one of the highlights
Tina Wright
Apr 25, 2016 Tina Wright rated it it was amazing
Warhol has always fascinated me, for two reasons: 1) his prescient takes on art (e.g. the soup cans) and celebrity ("In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."); and 2) the fact that he was at the epicenter of and/or witness to many of the 20th century's most important pop culture happenings, yet even when surrounded by superstars and the cultural elite, he seemed almost painfully alone. The diaries were fascinating reading for me, often as much as for what Andy doesn't say as for w ...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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