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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol's Personal Diary Was Truly One Of A Kind

While most of us think of keeping a diary as writing on a pad of paper (or in your Penzu!), in the last years of his life, Andy kept an informal diary by talking with his secretary over the phone.

It started out as a way for Warhol to keep track of his daily expenditures, but it soon morphed into a conversation including personal anecdotes and daily happenings. Warhol's secretary (now agent), Pat Hackett, wrote everything down and later turned the conversations into "The Andy Warhol Diaries".

Andy Warhol Book
The book reads like a daily diary of Andy's, from 1976 until his death in 1987. Made up of about twenty thousand manuscript pages, it was a log of what he bought and where he went the previous day to track his business expenses, while they were fresh in his mind, such as taking taxis, buying magazines for research (since he was the Publisher of Interview), and entertaining clients. The beginning of the Andy Warhol diaries is a dry listing of cab fares and other expenses. They soon started spicing up as Andy began embellishing the dialogue with his recollections of parties, observations of them and quips about the people.

Andy Warhol and Pop Art

Andy was a cultural icon, often dubbed the creator of pop art. His paintings, prints, and films, are some of the most famous and renowned in the world. He lived an extraordinary life, living and breathing his art. He coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame" and was frequently on TV:

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