Sunday, August 4, 2019

DVD - Factory girl

Back in the day when I was working on what would eventually become Kubus Cassettes, I was completely obsessed by Andy Warhol. His art, his movies, his books - everything. The Factory, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, etc.

I was totally in awe of the flow of creativity then and there, and a lot of inspiration for the things I was doing myself came from discovering what had been going on in New York some ten years earlier.

That there also was a dark side to all this I discovered last night, when I saw the movie Factory Girl on DVD. Great to see the total freedom and creative atmosphere of the early days of The Factory, but scary to see how it deteriorated into decadence, drugs, pain and suspicion. With beautiful Edie Sedgwick as the victim of all this.

Apparently, for Warhol the people surrounding him were just decoration, tolerated as long as they amplified his fame, dumped when their star didn't shine so bright any more. As happened to poor Edie.

But in spite of all this, Andy remains one of my heroes. He put the art scene on its head, and opened the eyes of millions of people for the fact that art could be contemporary, colorful, crazy, and innovative.

More about Edie Sedgwick:
- The life of Edie Sedgwick: Poor little rich girl
- Edie Sedgwick: The life and death of the Sixties star
- Remembering the complicated life of Sixties icon Edie Sedgwick, on her birthday
- The tragic story of Edie Sedgwick: The femme fatale that inspired Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan

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