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Andy Warhol Uptight

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The following is a description of Andy Warhol Up-Tight that originally appeared in Up-Tight, The Velvet Underground Story by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga:

"If you had been in New York City in February 1966, you might have been one of a thousand people who received a flyer in the mail advertising Andy Warhol Up-Tight at the Film-Makers Cinematheque on West 41st Street... a combination of films by Andy Warhol, lights by Danny Williams, music by The Velvet Underground and Nico, dancing by Gerard Malanga and Edie Sedgwick, slides and film projections by Paul Morrissey and Warhol, photographs by Billy Linich and by Nat Finkelstein... movie cameras by Barbara Rubin... Donald Lyons and Bob Neuwirth (Dylan's roadie and confidant), listed in the ad, came as Edie's escorts...

The show began with a film called Lupe starring Edie Sedgwick... After two 35 minute reels of Lupe, The Velvet Underground and Nico walked onto the stage in front of the movie screen and began to tune up in the dark. Andy, who was working one movie projector, now trained a silent version of Vinyl, his interpretation of A Clockwork Orange starring Gerard Malanga as a juvenile delinquent, on the screen. Superimposed on this by another movie projector run by Paul Morrissey were close-up shots of Nico singing I'll Keep It With Mine by Bob Dylan... Then as The Velvet Underground went into Venus In Furs, Gerard Malanga and Edie Sedgwick moved to centre stage and began gyrating in a free form dance pattern. The whole ensemble was now playing in front of two movies, Vinyl and The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound being shown silently next to each other...

Lou began to sing Heroin. Gerard slowly unwound, came to rest on the floor of the stage, and proceeded to light a candle and, in a kneeling position, slightly bent over, undid his belt. He pulled a spoon from his back pocket, rolled up his sleeve, heated the spoon over the flame of the candle, touched the spoon with what appeared to be a hypodermic needle (actually a lead pencil), wrapped the belt around his arm tightly, and began to flex his arm in a sweeping up-and-down motion. Then he pressed the 'needle' into his arm, slowly rose and began to whirl frantically around the stage." (UT1-4)

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