American Mass-Market Magazines

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Not only was Warhol a celebrated artist, he also established himself as a respected photographer, filmmaker, and author. However, he considered himself an artist first and was mainly interested in painting portraits. Almost as a sideline to these accomplishments, Andy Warhol founded Interview Magazine. Ironically, although he founded and published Interview, he admitted that he never really enjoyed being interviewed by others, nor did he relish the idea of being an interviewer. In order to compensate for this uneasiness, Warhol utilized a tape recorder when interviewing and tried to avoid asking questions of interviewees. Consequently, he felt more comfortable interviewing people who liked to talk a great deal and who would carry the conversation.

When preparing interviews for publication, Warhol strove to paint a "good" picture of those being interviewed; he did not believe in saying anything bad about anyone. Andy Warhol, a giant among pop artists and the founder and publisher of Interview Magazine died on February 22, 1987. Interview Magazine, however, continues in the tradition he began.

During an interview in New York Magazine, "Arts and Crafts with Andy Warhol," 12 November 1979, p. 54, Lew Grossberger indicated that Andy Warhol habitually lapsed into impenetrable vagueness. Therefore, Bob Colacello, then executive editor, was present during the interview to translate some of Warhol's vague statements.
From New York Magazine, "Arts and Crafts with Andy Warhol," by Lew Grossberger , 1979, p. 54. Warhol was uncomfortable interviewing and being interviewed by others.
"The Warhol Tapes," Newsweek, 22 April 1974, p. 73.

Information Sources


Academic American Encyclopedia. vol. 20. "Warhol, Andy," by Barbara Cavaliere. Princeton: Arete Publishing Co., Grolier, 1988, pp. 29-30.

Gale Directory of Publications. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1987. Editorial Director, Frank G. Ruffner.

Grossberger, Lew. "Arts and Crafts with Andy Warhol." New York Magazine, 12 November 1979.

Katz, Bill, and Linda Steinberg Katz. Magazines for Libraries. 5th ed. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1986.

"The Warhol Tapes." Newsweek, 22 April 1974, p. 73.


Access ( 1975-present); Magazine Index ( 1977-present).


Available in microform.


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