November 16, 2006
Off topic: The Return of Edie Sedgwick
When I was growing up I was obsessed with Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick and I would just stare and stare at the picture above. I'm still not sure what attracted me to them, other than a fantasy of being in New York and being someone else. I was convinced for the longest time that I was going to grow up and meet Andy Warhol at, you know, The Factory, but then he died and that whole fantasy went with him.
If you're interested in Edie Sedgwick, you must read Jean Stein's amazing book Edie: An American Biography (it's since had a name change). It's told in brief narratives directly from the mouths of people who knew her.
Many of you will already know that Sienna Miller is playing her in a new movie called Factory Girl (preview below) that's been in the works for 20 years. Sienna looks just like Edie, but I'm never too hot on Brits playing Americans. Guy Pearce has Andy Warhol down, but Gayden Christensen is horribly miscast in a Dylan part - and there's no proof she ever had an affair with Dylan, by the way. So I will see the movie, but I hope it sinks fast if it stinks.
Edie only lived 28 years and her period with Warhol lasted just about a year, but her impact on pop culture (as a youthquaker and Warhol Superstar) was pretty vast. Let me end by saying that I was also convinced I would have a band called The Youthquakers. Be kind, I was very young....
update: the dorkus who posted this preview on Youtube thinks he owns it and won't allow embedding, so just double click on the screen below.
Buy Andy Warhol stuff for Christmas!
Posted by xolondon