"Andy Warhol's Interview"
Andy Warhol's Interview - Hardcover 7 Volume Set
by Bruce Weber (Author), Elton John (Author), Jeff Koons (Author), Andy Warhol(Author), Sandy Brant (Editor), Ingrid Sischy (Editor)
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Andy Warhol's Interview magazine celebrates its 35th anniversary with this spectacular seven-volume retrospective of its first decade. It's a massive, definitive reference that cuts a wide swath through '70s pop culture with vibrant and energetic interviews and photos. It also has the visceral impact of an objet d'art, the books are housed in a Karl Lagerfeld designed crate with wheels and a retractable handle. The selected interviews and photos from the first decade have not been reset or resized; each 12"Ã—15" volume offers exact reprints of the magazine's original pages, including spelling errors and original ads. Each volume is a treasure trove of sparkling, uninhibited and entertaining chats with icons on the rise Bette Midler, Jack Nicholson, Lily Tomlin, underground favorites John Waters, Holly Woodlawn, Mary Woronov, living legends Bette Davis, Butterfly McQueen, Gloria Swanson and those who defined the '70s Rona Barrett, Halston, Calvin Klein. The Covers which runs 160 pages reproduces every cover from Interview's first decade in full color. The Pictures (276 pages) features photo shoots by Robert Mapplethorpe, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Francesco Scavullo and others. The Interviews (348 pages) offers 123 profiles, including ones of Muhammad Ali, the Andrews Sisters, Gore Vidal, the Talking Heads and Tennessee Williams. The Andy Warhol Interviews (320 pages) are 77 interviews conducted by Warhol, with such personalities as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sophia Loren, and Michael Jackson. The Fashion (172 pages) chats with designers like Versace, Edith Head and Yves Saint Laurent. The Directors (148 pages) includes portraits of 45 directors ranging from Cukor, Hitchcock and Capra to the younger generation of Wertmuller, Spielberg and Altman. The final volume is The Back of the Book, a slim (64 pages) collection of Fran Lebowitz's "I Cover the Waterfront" columns. What makes Interview's conversations unique is their free-for-all spirit. Warhol brought friends to interviews and taped the marathon session. Transcripts include interruptions for ordering food and drop-by celebrity appearances. Sometimes even the interviewers shine: a star-struck Angelica Huston interviews Mae West; 12-year-old Tatum O'Neal visits Seventh Avenue designers; and Anthony Perkins meets his future wife, Berry Berenson, when she interviews him. The vastness of this undertaking is matched by the pleasures found on every page.
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The October 2004 edition of Interview magazine will mark 35 years of the award winning journal founded by pop art pioneer Andy Warhol. In that time it has developed from the newsletter of the Studio 54 set into the definitive guide to the most significant stars of today and tomorrow. Adopting an original format the magazine uses recordings of questions and answer sessions to reveal information about celebrities, politicians, filmmakers, musicians and literary figures. The questions are often put by another celebrity and the answers are revealing, intimate and candid. Alongside the interviews are photographs by the crAme de la crAme of celebrity and fashion photography - Robert Mapplethorpe, Francesco Scavullo, Herb Ritts, Ara Gallant, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, Perry Berenson and others - who are given the opportunity to make some of their most challenging and original work. For 35 years Interview has offered an original perspective on the sexy, fascinating and funny people who are shaping popular culture. This collection of 7 books presents the first catalogue of the first decade of that extraordinary history and like the rare, early issues of the magazine is bound to become a valuable collector's item.