The Life and Death of Andy Warhol by Victor Bokris is a great read about a complicated character who truly went from rags to riches with a whole lot of weirdness in between. This biography is rich in detail, and Bokris covers Warhol’s life from beginning to end without glossing over the quirks that went over the top. The book provides a lot of insight into a scene that was very much part of a changing urban landscape and paints a vivid picture of New York over three decades. This is an easy to digest primer on the post abstract expressionist America and the early days of pop art.
Paperback, 536 pages. Fourth Estate Classic House, 1998. $32.20 at Amazon.