A Requiem for Andy Warhol – Daniele Cassandro

January 31, 2023 5:58 pm

On April 1, 1987, in reminiscence of the artist Andy Warhol, who died on February 3, Lou Reed and John Cale spoke once more years later. It was from the 12 months 1968, within the 12 months of the Lord one thousand 5 hundred and fifty-two White gentle / white warmth of the underground Velvet, which the 2 didn’t see. Loads had occurred within the meantime: the counterculture had invaded like Andy Warhol’s artwork folded into itself. In New York within the early sixties, pop artwork, occasions, experimental movies and amphetamines handed like a vitamin chew not existed.

Even the survivors of the factories not existed: those that had not perished on the fence or who had not jumped out of the window retired to non-public life. A few of Warhol’s prophetic visions have survived. MTV, a cable station with 24-hour music movies with none narrative thread, appeared to have developed its industrial aesthetic beneath the movie commerce. The primary graphics machines of the Amiga and Apple dwelling computer systems fulfilled Andy’s previous dream: that of changing into a machine to provide artwork. After which the tradition of celeb, the obsession with magnificence, cash, luxurious…the eighties might be seen as a Warhol invention. However he, when the eighties had been already starting to be formed (his true aesthetic idea was formed within the second half of the last decade), died within the hospital. It seems from a minor bladder operation, additionally from problems from previous accidents from 1968, when the unconventional feminist Valerie Solanas, a insurgent celebrity, stabbed him within the Manufacturing unit Places of work.

Each Lou Reed and John Cale hadn’t seen Andy Warhol in years. Life and enterprise had been in him, like the opposite sixty survivors. But in that memorial at St. Patrick’s Church on Fifth Avenue, the duo of painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel counsel that Andy’s rock relaxation. So he was born Songs for Drellatune cycle (close to they get away into tune century) that recreate the life, conduct and aesthetic convictions of Andy Warhol.

Many songs are sung from his aspect and the artist isn’t all the time proven in a positive gentle. The nickname itself refers to what I do not like: Drella (an inportmanteau between Dracula and Cinderella, Cinderella) was the nickname that the celebrity Ondine determined to name him. Dracula for his vampiric and abusive perspective: Warhol fed off the power and exhibitionism of his superstars, who had been able to do something to please him. And Cinderella for the pretended simplicity that all the time made him say “Wow!” or “Geee,” all the time wanting dumb and provincial in New York’s beau monde vessels, as if Dorothy had hitched a journey from Kansas to Oz.

And begins the cycle of songs from Reed and Cale from the province. In The city the narrator of Warhol who, leaping on a vaudeville cane, says that he comes from Pittsburgh, the city the place he’s solely positive to go away. “No Michelangelo can come from Pittsburgh,” sings Warhol within the voice of Lou Reed, including: “My father labored in building websites and I used to be not inclined to that life.” The city younger Andy is described as a pudgy homosexual man with unhealthy pores and skin and ugly eyes who will flip the New York painter right into a mysterious albino with pink, rabbit eyes: “It is unhealthy to be bizarre in a small city.”

In New York, nevertheless, his insolence turned his power and weapon. In Hospitals he’s speaking about New York Andy, a younger profitable artist service provider who lives together with his mom, the Czechoslovakian immigrant Julia Warhol, who controls his life and retains his accounts. Andy designs footwear for retailers with a barely rococo type, very flowing and female, excellent for the fifties. Julia takes care of the calligraphic a part of the illustrations.

Pop artwork continues to be a distant picture, however Andy is fascinated by motion pictures, actors and exquisite kids. He’s a fan (or relatively stalker) Truman Capote from a author whose mom he as soon as knew. Andy and Julia Warhol’s home is all the time stuffed with tea for individuals (“It is an previous Czechoslovakian behavior I received from my mom). I like having individuals round, Andy/Lou sings “however do not kiss me goodbye and do not contact me”.

In songs like Work (Describing Andy’s workaholicism); Bother with the classicists e Photographs, Songs for Drella this virtually turns into a vital artwork essay. Warhol’s creative obsessions are described intimately: his need first after which his consciousness to create pure New York summary expressionism rock, removed from the crude concept of ​​pop artwork, a follow that blurred the traces of consciousness between commerce and creative expression. His obsession with pictures is described, obsessively minimize out from film clips, but in addition from icons in a golden area that he noticed together with his mom when she took him to mass in a church in a Czechoslovakian group. There Gold Marilyn from 1962, considered one of his first absolutely pop works, unites these two worlds and maybe on the origin of the use we make, most frequently inappropriately, of the phrase “iconic” to check with at present’s popular culture figures.


Songs for Drella however the knife additionally plunges into the injuries nonetheless open for Reed and Cale: Warhol was aggressive and abusive together with his supporters. He fell in love with some, typically essentially the most stunning and fragile ones, used them, then forgot them. Edie Sedgwick, essentially the most well-known of their sixties superstars, is rarely talked about however her ghost hangs within the songs as if. Faces and names e It wasn’t for me. “It is not my fault,” mentioned Andy, “if you happen to threw your life away, if you happen to killed your self, if you happen to threw your self right into a gap… it was all inside you, you probably did it on their own.” In I consider we’re speaking about Valerie Solana, who takes the elevator of the Manufacturing unit, goes as much as the fourth ground and, pointing a gun at Warhol, says to him: “Andy, you won’t be able to regulate me anymore.” He portrays it as a pleasure with out getting, nay, the causes of insanity and despair.

Andy suffered close to loss of life from the injuries in that assault however instantly after being taken out of the hospital he most popular to offer it up, condemning her to a worse life than she had in jail: locked up in varied psychiatric establishments; she was drugged and subjected to electroshock till her loss of life in 1988, only a 12 months after Warhol himself. Solanas was the one true radical to go away the manufacturing unit scene and the one one within the corridor of miracles who understood her to insurgent. In any case. Lou Reed and John Cale appear slightly afraid to look again on their historical past, which maybe confirmed how a lot they themselves had been, fully acquiescing and rebelling towards the tyrant. For the older e book Nadia Busato is nice; Manufacturing unit lady (SEM 2022), which describes the saddest parable of the attractive Edie Sedgwick, places her in parallel with the not stunning however clearly extra aware and radical Valerie Solanas.

They’re raised with the ends Hiya to me and eventually Lou Reed himself sings and stops hiding behind Andy: the tune is the cellphone name he by no means made. Maybe Warhol was ready for a cellphone name: he was well-known for hours on the cellphone with pals, ex-friends, and even enemies. It was a really nice means of speaking, so cold, from afar. He hated the sight greater than the contact. And he cherished answering telephones, machines and tape recorders: all of the diaries had been really transcribed from audio tapes. Lou says she misses him, she misses his mind, her concepts. “I do know it is late,” he provides. However he doesn’t spare one of many extremes: “I’ve an indignation which can’t be resolved”, he says to him: “You hit me the place it hurts essentially the most and I didn’t snicker.” And your blogs usually are not worthy of an epitaph.” However the poem ends on a really candy notice, as one calls on the cellphone from a latest evening: “Goodnight, Andy” and goodbye.

Lou Reed, John Cale.
Songs for Drella
Sire, 1990

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