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The Andy Warhol Diaries

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,269 Ratings  ·  136 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.
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Published November 29th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1989)
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Mike Lester
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Monica
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tosh
Nov 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Maria Potts
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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
Tracy Reilly
Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bojana
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
" 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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Aldonautico
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Tom Schulte
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to this book since I was into Velvet Underground, (some) Warhol movies, artists out of The Factory, etc. However I was confronted with one of my own pet peeves; people that were born in the early 50s and talk about the decade like they were a teenager or adult like people born in the late 30s talking about WWII like they were vets. There ought to be a word for that. I was born in '70 and this diary is '76-'86 and seems like recollections from my adult life: affluent Iranian jet setters, S ...more
Gary Daly
Jun 10, 2014 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
Intortetor
fossero i diari dagli esordi, o almeno dal periodo della factory, questo libro sarebbe stato una bomba. e invece si comincia dai tardi 70s, quando l'epoca d'oro si era dissolta e iniziava una nuova epoca: al posto del clan della facory- che la leggenda ci ha descritto come geniali e bohemien- un gruppo di proto-yuppies, con giusto basquiat e haring a fare da veri stimoli intellettuali. warhol sente l'emergere dei nuovi artisti, sente di allontanarsi sempre più dall'arte, si dedica soprattutto ai ...more
Scotty
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jacob
Jun 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
sun-hwa
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brooklynlamb
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going through an Andy Warhol Phase. Absolutely loved his diaries! They are snarky AND full of heartfelt wisdom. He was a genius.
Janna
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite books.
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.
Marty Lainz
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WARHOLS MIDAS TOUCH WAS THE SECRET OF HIS SUCCESS , NOT FOR PAINTING , NOR FOR PRINTING , NEITHER ABOUT MUSIC , BUT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHO , WHERE AND WHEN TO CONVINCE
...TRENDING OR BETTER SAID , MANIPULATING THE INTEREST NICE PEOPLE (RICH) SHOULD HAVE OVER CERTAIN ARTIST , PERFORMER , PLAYER .....HIS GURU LIKE APPROACH TO THE AVANT GARDE , AND THE BEST WORD OF MOUTH PUBLICITY I COULD THINK OF , CAME OUT FROM -THE FABRIC- , VELVET UNDERGROUND AS THE CHERRY ON TOP OF HIS CAKE , AND THE EXTRAORDINAR
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Amy
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art
Have to read just a couple of pages at a time or it becomes nauseating. I read only ten pages at time. Interesting peek into Andy & his world. I like what it revealed about the culture & times & his associates as much, if not more than what it revealed about Andy.
Dennis Egan
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insight to the day to day activities and thoughts of Warhol.
Davidg
May 18, 2014 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
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Rod
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hours of voyeurism.. indulgent, decadent
r
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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
Tina Wright
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelli
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
800+ pages of Andy's musings are much more interesting than the average citizen's but the name dropping can be overwhelming, especially for anyone not alive in the 1960s-early 1980s. Lots of Googling.

The easiest way for me to read this book was to take it a passage or two a day, sort of like one of those daily quote desk calendars. If you're researching Andy then of course this book would be priceless. However, it doesn't start until 1976 which is past the REAL interesting Factory Days period.
Shelley
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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