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Billy Name tributes and interviews

July 23, 2016: The New York Times has published an obituary for Billy Name here.

There have been so many interviews with Billy over the years that it's difficult to chose a couple of the most interesting ones. The two that come to mind are Sean O'Hagan's interview in The Guardian from last year and the interview that Billie Ray Martin did in 2014. Billie Ray's interview is interesting because Billy Name talks honestly about what the Factory was really like and the friction that existed between certain members of the Factory.

The Guardian interview is here.

Billie Ray Martin's interview is here.

Mary Woronov art exhibition

July 20, 2016: There will be an exhibition of paintings by Warhol star Mary Woronov at The Lodge Gallery in Los Angeles beginning on July 23, 2016 with an an opening reception from 6 - 9 pm. The exhibition runs until the 20th of August. Details on The Lodge website here.

Billy Name has died

July 18, 2016: It is with great sadness that I have to report that Billy Name has died. I first came into contact with Billy soon after this site went up in 2001 and over the years he was always so helpful and encouraging. I will miss him greatly.

Billy's agent, publisher and friend, Dagon James, has kindly sent the following statement:

Dagon James:

"Billy Name passed away peacefully in his sleep in New York, early morning July 18, at the age of 76. I am devastated by the loss of my friend. He was a beautiful soul and a brilliant artist who touched countless people and helped shape the course of modern art and culture from the 1960s onwards..."

R.I.P. Billy.

Billy Name
(Photographer: Michael Polito)

Wonderboy: The life, loves and death of Eric Emerson

Eric Emerson, 1973 (© Chris Stein) (Morrison Hotel Gallery)

July 15, 2016: I have finally finished the piece I was writing on Eric Emerson - "Wonderboy: The life, loves and death of Eric Emerson." The films that Eric appeared in that were either produced or directed by Andy Warhol or Paul Morrissey included The Chelsea Girls, Lonesome Cowboys, San Diego Surf and Heat. (He also appeared in a lesser-known (non-Warhol) soft-core porn film in 1968 with Ingrid Superstar called The Mind Blowers.) After he stopped appearing in Warhol films, he tried to make it as rock n' roll star in the days of "glitter," (or "glam rock" as it was called in the U.K.) but his career was short-lived and he died in 1975. Although his death was reported in the press as a "hit and run," he was a known heroin user and it has been claimed that he actually died of an overdose. The cause of death is explored in the article.

The full article is here.

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