In the 1960s, Andy Warhol’s paintings redefined modern art. His films provoked heated controversy, and his Factory was a hangout for the avant-garde. In the 1970s, after Valerie Solanas’s attempt on his life, Warhol become more entrepreneurial, aligning himself with the rich and famous. Bob Colacello, the editor of Warhol’s Interview magazine, spent that decade by Andy’s side as employee, collaborator, wingman, and confidante.
In these pages, Colacello takes us there with Andy: into the Factory office, into Studio 54, into wild celebrity-studded parties, and into the early-morning phone calls where the mysterious artist was at his most honest and vulnerable. Colacello gives us, as no one else can, a riveting portrait of this extraordinary man: brilliant, controlling, shy, insecure, and immeasurably influential. When Holy Terror was first published in 1990, it was hailed as the best of the Warhol accounts. Now, some two decades later, this portrayal retains its hold on readers—as does Andy’s timeless power to fascinate, galvanize, and move us.
As editor of Interview magazine from 1971-1983 and as a regular at the Factory, Andy Warhol's studio, Colacello partook of the excesses of the beautiful people. This long, gossipy tell-all startlingly portrays the pop artist as a near-virgin who turned to voyeurism through fear of emotional involvement and whose sexual blockage bred insecurity, cynicism, jealousy and coldness. Warhol went to Catholic church services every Sunday; he was obsessed with diet and had regular facials; he thrived on working with collaborators but turned against each of them out of competitiveness. Behind these multiple images of the ``soulless soul of cool,'' Colacello glimpses the ``real Andy'': wistful, touching, unhappy and smart. Dali, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Candy Darling, Diana Vreeland and many other celebs drift in and out of this memoir, which Colacello, now a contributing editor to Vanity Fair , wrote as ``an act of liberation from my former boss.'' Photos.