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Andy Warhol's Interview magazine


There were four editors on the masthead of the first issue of Interview - Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, John Wilcock and Andy Warhol.

John Wilcock was the "aging hippie publisher" (as described by Bob Colacello) of Other Scenes and provided free typesetting for Interview. (BC7)

By the fourth issue of Interview, Malanga had gone to Europe, leaving Morrissey's name to top the list of editors. Soren Agenoux was hired as managing editor. Soren was a film buff who Paul Morrissey had known through Terry Ork - a contributing editor at Interview who worked at Cinemabilia on Bleeker Street. Many of the early stills in Interview were borrowed from the shop.

Bob Colacello replaced Soren Agenoux as managing editor in the autumn of 1970. His initial salary was $50.00 a week. Colacello had graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He lived with his parents in Rockville Center, Long Island and commuted to Manhattan to study for a master's degree in film criticism at Columbia under Andrew Sarris of the Village Voice. (BC4)

Prior to becoming managing editor, Bob Colacello had written film related articles for Interview magazine for $25.00 an article, supplementing his income at Nina Needlepoint where he painted stitching patterns. Even after being made managing editor, Colacello went back to work at Nina Needlepoint in the Fall of 1971 on a part time basis to supplement his meager Interview salary. (BC102)

Glenn O'Brien, a Georgetown classmate of Colacello, also worked at Nina Needlepoint originally. After Colacello became the managing editor of Interview, he hired O'Brien as an assistant. In late 71 Glenn O'Brien replaced Bob Colacello as managing editor so that Colacello could spend time on a book he wanted to write about Warhol's films. Colacello then became a "contributing editor" of the magazine.

When Rosemary Kent from WWD magazine was made editor-in-chief of Interview in August 1973, Glenn O'Brien quit and was hired by Jann Wenner to run the New York office of Rolling Stone magazine.

Rosemary Kent was fired on June 11, 1975 and soon after Bob Colacello was appointed editor and Peter Lester the managing editor. Within a month, after Lester complained that his titled sounded "too businessy," he was made editor and Colacello was given the title of executive editor, earning a total of $15,600 a year. In 1977 his salary was raised to $23,400 a year. (BC238-9) In addition to being responsible for editorial content of the magazine he was also responsible for advertising sales and promotion. He also wrote his regular column "OUT: Excerpts from the Diary of Bob Colacello" for the magazine.

The last issue of Interview that Colacello worked on was the February 1983 issue. He had approached Warhol with the suggestion that he buy a "small part" of Interview and Warhol had refused. (BC464)


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