September 21, 2016: The Victor Bockris biography of Warhol is to be the "inspiration" for the new Warhol biopic starring Jared Leto as Warhol, currently in pre-production. Leto has purchased the rights to the book. The project is bound to be costly and could be fraught with legal difficulties - particularly if they want to use Warhol's work in the film.
Bockris' book is probably one of the most salacious versions of Warhol's life, but is not particularly known for its accuracy. The book was originally published in 1989 and not as much was known then about Warhol as we know about him now. David Bourdon's biography of Warhol, published around the same time, was more accurate although not quite as gossipy.
One thing that is bound to come up is the claim that Warhol took advantage of people like Edie Sedgwick or that he didn't pay his actors. But what underground director in the 1960s did pay their actors? Although Warhol is often blamed for Sedgwick's downfall, she was already falling by the time she met Warhol. She was already taking drugs and had already had a lobotomy by the time she met the artist.
September 20, 2016: Brendan Toller's documentary about Danny Fields, Danny Says, will be available on iTunes and Amazon on September 30, 2016. Interviewees include the late, great Billy Name, Mary Woronov, Eric Andersen, Leee Black Childers, Lenny Kaye, Pat Loud, Paul Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Tommy Ramone, Yvonne Ruskin and quite a few others.
September 19, 2016: I have added an article on Jerome Hill and Charles Rydell. Rydell was the subject of three Warhol Screen Tests and the video series, Fight with his friend Brigid Berlin. Jerome was a philanthropist, painter and filmmaker - he won the Academy Award in 1957. He and Charles were, for a short time, part-owners of Interview magazine.
The article is here.
Jerome Hill (1931)
Photographer: Edward Weston
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
© 1981 Arizona Board of Regents (MAC)