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Stargazer: The Life, World and Films of Andy Warhol

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  8 reviews
After a long, critical appraisal of Warhol’s career and social presence up to the time of his death, Koch examines the cultural vortex in which the artist first existed: his old sixties studio, the Factory. It was here, that Warhol produced his films, notorious underground classics whose radical esthetics are discussed in depth—from the silent marathon, Sleep, to Chelsea G ...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd (first published June 1st 1985)
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Lynx
Stephen Koch presents the first ever concentrated look at Andy Warhol's film career. Omitting what all other Warhol biographies focus on, Koch is able to give an in depth analysis of Warhol's films beginning with the screen tests and silent shorts into his more controversial pieces and arguably his best film Chelsea Girls, leaving out the pictures which Morrissey directed and Andy merely produced.

Koch also provides background on Andy's personal life covering his family, schooling and the Valeri
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Carla Remy
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read other books about Warhol, when I was a teenager (over 20 years ago now, but I still remember some things well). What sets this book apart is its objective criticalness. The author clearly knew Andy personally. Maybe this is why he gets it and is willing to admit that the undeniably great and significant artist wasn't always a good person. I liked the way Koch writes about art and culture. I wasn't so interested in Warhol's films, but there was definitely good, fairly interesting stuff ...more
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
“My conflict is that I am shy and yet I like to take up a lot of personal space.” Andy Warhol

Stargazer: The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol by Stephen Koch is an examination of Warhol’s films. Koch has taught creative writing at Columbia and Princeton for nearly twenty years. His other works The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of José Robles and the extremely interesting sounding Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West.

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Judy G
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im interested to read what I can on Warhol. It all began tho when I lived in NYC during his "era". It was even then and it was in the 60s the group that followed him and got their fame from him was unlike anyone else. So Also now in San Francisco there is a large Warhol exhibit that came here from Whitney in NYC. I have seen the exhibit (4 floors) and was one of the few people in their theatre 4 different times to watch his Films. these are the pre Chelsea Girls films most of them silent and inc ...more
Tosh
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Strange enough this maybe the only critique of Warhol's films in book form. Considering that there must be hundreds of books on Warhol - but very little on his film work - which I think is his major art.

It's strange to think about it, but I "worked" with him on "Tarzan and Jane Regained Sort of..." and I have no memory of him whatsoever. I remember the day quite clearly, and I know he was there, but I just don't remember his presence.
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Lara
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting analysis of not only Warhol's films but Warhol himself. It is an interesting read. I liked reading this and then reading Warhol's books he wrote with Pat Hackett like the Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism. ...more
Mindy Reads
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and was excited to actually learn a bit about who Andy Warhol was. I'll definitely check out his movies now that I know where his inspiration came from.

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Stephen Koch is the author of The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction; The Breaking Point: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and the Murder of José Robles; Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas Against the West; and other books. He previously taught creative writing at Columbia and Princeton universities for nearly twenty years.

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