The shocking ‘Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol’ gets a re-release

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Andy Warhol's autobiography

"Andy Warhol looks a scream / hang him on my wall…"

Andy Warhol’s long-lost memoir,The Autobiography and Sex Life, first compiled and published in 1971, is out again this week in hardcover.

In it, his story is told through his own oral recollections (not those kind, although there’s plenty of sex, or at least the whiff of it throughout), plus interviews with Ultra Violet, Paul Morrissey, Taylor Mead, Lou Reed, et cetera. 

I came across a selection of excerpts from the book and thought you might like to know what you’re getting for your money ($30 on Amazon.)

Brigid Polk: "He is an F.A.O. Schwartz toy store that never closes."

Freddy Herko: "Some of his responses that he made to the deaths at the Factory I could not believe. A statement like — and he really made it — ‘It’s too bad we didn’t have our cameras when he jumped out the window. It would have made a great film.’"

Sam Green: "’Oh Sam, do you think think you could arrange for us to go social climbing? … Oh, you know so many people with terrific houses and with lots of servants, and we could come down for the weekend and can do a movie in the stables and maybe Baby [Jane Holzer] can fuck with the horse.’"

Lou Reed: "He deserves every bit that he gets, including all the animosity and being shot, all the really horrible, awful things. I think he knows how to stop that, but he hasn’t quite figured out what he wants to do."

Charles Henri Ford: "Everything is sexual to Andy without the sex act actually taking place."

Ultra Violet: "I think a very creative homosexual has a … very necrophilic sort of tendency."

Henry Geldzahler: "When we came in,… all three of us, when we were talking and looking at his works, were obliged to wear theatrical masks. It was very dark, and it seemed to me that Andy didn’t want to be seen."

Read more quotes here.