The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. (From A to B and Back Again)
London: Cassell, 1975. 1st UK Edition. Octavo, publisher's tan cloth, spine stamped in black, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Buying is much more American than thinking." Inscribed first UK edition of pop-art polymath and provocateur Andy Warhol’s "autobiography." Less of a memoir, more a potpourri of anecdotes and irreverent wisdom, Warhol covers all the bases here: love and sex, fame and beauty, money and success, death, New York, and his childhood in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. Although Warhol never explicitly states what his "philosophy" is exactly, his bite-sized reflections coalesce into a critique of mass-culture (surprise surprise). Included are many charming anecdotes and observations, such as "Everybody has a different idea of love. One girl I know said, 'I knew he loved me when he didn't come in my mouth,'" and "When I look around today, the biggest anachronism I see is pregnancy. I just can't believe that people are still pregnant." Although transcribed (and in part ghostwritten) by Warhol's long-time collaborator and friend Pat Hackett and Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello (who is addressed as "B" in the text), Warhol's deadpan humor and wit shine through. Inscribed by Warhol in marker to half-title: "to Priscilla / with love Andy Warhol." Author photo to upper panel of dust jacket by David Bailey; dust jacket designed by noted British publisher and book designer Julian Rothenstein. Lightest rubbing to extremities of unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #6809