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Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  488 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Written by a former editor of Warhol's celebrity-celebrating Interview magazine and packed with names, this hard-hitting memoir presents an insider's look at the "Pope of Pop Art," Andy Warhol (1928-1987), whose eclectic oeuvre is comparable to Picasso's or Pollock's in its impact on modern art and culture. While examining Warhol's personality, struggles, and achievements, ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 30th 1999 by Cooper Square Press (first published 1990)
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Tommy Bat-Blog Brookshire
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Julie Stout
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pop-culture
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!
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
GK Stritch
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time, when New York City, celebrity, and international society seemed more interesting, Andy Warhol was in the thick of the soup, and Bob Colacello (melodic name Cellocola) gently spoons it out. Really up there: 5 BIG GILDED GRAPES. The funniest most fun book I've read in years, however, things do sour in that gilded, decadent, silk-screened scene, intimately informative, not only for the dish but for Andy's processes: his thinking and techniques--a book I enjoyed so much I couldn't ...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
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filling in the blanks.

When you consider the scope of celebrity, it is impossible to completely capture the essence of someone as complex and disconnected as Andy Warhol. Like Marilyn Monroe or Jacqueline Kennedy, there will be many interpretations and last words. Andy Warhol was a man encased in his own fears and experiences. His exposures will always be fragmented. As a gay man, I recognized the patchwork quilt of stories that are woven as means to an end to unravel the enigma that was Andy War
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much of what we read in terms of biography and history is revisionist, however, as you read what Bob Colacello observed from his most intimate perspective in the catbird seat, you learn alot about the cult-like life style of the pop art icon, Andy Warhol. Supplementing this memoir with other material about the lives of Edie Sedgwick (Factory Girl), Danny Williams (A Walk into the Sea), the Factory Warholstars, Lou Reed, Holly Woodlawn, Rudolf Nuryev, Truman Capote, Halston, Dylan, amongst oth ...more
Christopher Ames
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
the most interesting part of this book is the backstory on INTERVIEW magazine and insight into Andy's business world of his art. Bob's personal relationship with Andy and his retelling of their history comes across as petty and resentful which I guess is understandable in the end due to his feeling of mistreatment. If you are a fan of the Warhol world, it is a worth while adventure.
May 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it liked it
The author was an intimate of Warhol's during The Factory days & became a writer for Vanity Fair magazine. The museum where I volunteer having a Warhol exhibit soon & I was eager to learn about him. In the same vein as Vanity Fair, this book is gossipy, celebrity-driven, revealing, titillating & a quick read.
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Skimming through most of this (long, not-very-interesting) book, I learned some things about Andy Warhol in my efforts to prepare myself for a Warhol art exhibit. I probably would have been better off skimming through Wikipedia.
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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Jul 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: quit-reading
Too much history, not enough dirt.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really thought Andy Warhol would have been a more interesting topic. Lots of gossip, mostly about people I've never heard of.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful portrait of a man with a very controlled image. The truth you get to when the one speaking has nothing to lose.
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wendi Perry
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just finished Holy Terror, it took some time to get through, but gave intimate look at the artist. I read the updated version... 2015.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's just say that reading biographies of people you admire can often be a bad idea.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ian Webster
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The least enjoyable Warhol bio give read : Bob grinds his axe & comes across as bitter & resentful... How many unqualified 25yr olds get access to that world?
Evan Cordes
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Great insider view of Warhol in the 70's. Plenty of dish.
Jul 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
Andy! <3
Edward Mourningwood
No one has anything nice to say about Andy and I think he'd like that just fine.
Dennis Egan
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent source and stories from someone that was there on the front lines of the Warhol Factory.
Naomi E
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit to a bit of reluctance when I picked up this book. There's a sea of novels to choose from when it comes to this subject. However, I'm glad this is the novel I settled on. Colacello is a very talented author, with a knack for reconstructing dialogue. He painted a clear picture of Warhol, one that neither lend too heavily on the more villainous elements of his personality nor spent too much time trying to convince me of the good. Instead, it painted the portrait of someone deeply flawed ...more
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