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By Jean Stein, George Plimpton

When Edie used to be first released, it quick turned a global bestseller after which took its position one of the vintage books concerning the Nineteen Sixties. Edie Sedgwick exploded into the general public eye like a comet. She appeared to have all of it: she used to be aristocratic and glamorous, vivacious and younger, Andy Warhol’s star. yet inside of many years she flared out as fast as she had seemed, and earlier than she became twenty-nine she was once useless from a drug overdose.

In a blinding tapestry of voices—family, neighbors, fans, rivals—the complete meteoric trajectory of Edie Sedgwick’s lifestyles is brilliantly captured. And so is the Pop artwork global of the ‘60s: the intercourse, medicines, model, music—the mad rush for excitement and reputation. All glitter and flash at the outdoors, it used to be hole and determined within—like Edie herself, and prefer her mentor, Andy Warhol. Alternately enchanting, tragic, and frightening, this booklet shattered many myths in regards to the ‘60s adventure in America.

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Edie had on a lipstick colour that was once silvery and wet and that i inspiration it made her glance wan and sick. We regularly had a simple and civilized time, although. yet I do not forget that night whilst Peter and that i watched the movie for the 1st time—that while it comprehensive, the top of the movie flapping because it became at the take-up reel, I grew to become to Peter and that i acknowledged incredulously, “I don’t be aware of that woman. I don’t recognize something approximately her in any respect. ” 23 RENÉ RICARD It was once the excessive aspect in Edie’s profession. She used to be the lady on fireplace with the silver hair just about her head, the eyes, the Viceroy in her palms, the sleeves rolled up, these legs, yoicks! … all you observed used to be her! PATTI SMITH the 1st time I observed Edie used to be fashionable journal in 1965. i used to be seventeen or eighteen then. you'll want to comprehend the place I got here from. residing in south Jersey, you get attached with the heart beat beat of what’s happening via what you learn in magazines. now not even via documents. fashion journal was once my complete attention. I by no means observed humans. I by no means went to a live performance. It was once all photo. in a single factor of style it was once Youthquaker humans they have been conversing approximately. It had an image of Edie on a mattress in a ballet pose. She was once like a skinny guy in black leotards and a kind of boat-necked sweater, white hair, and at the back of her a bit white horse drawn at the wall. She used to be this kind of robust photo that i presumed, “That’s it. ” It represented every little thing to me … radiating intelligence, velocity, being hooked up with the instant. style, August 1965 individuals are speaking approximately … YOUTHQUAKERS … Edith Sedgwick, twenty-two, white-haired with anthracite-black eyes and legs to swoon over, who stars in Andy Warbol’s underground videos. “It’s like gazing a Henry Moore sculpture out of focus,” stated Edith Sedgwick, who toyed with the motion picture identify Mazda Isphahan for negative Little wealthy lady. With Pop artist Andy Warhol on digital camera, undergrounds roll out like crepes: Vinyl is within the can; Vacuum approximately to show “when we discover a natural white kitchen. ” wealthy woman used to be made in omit Sedgwick’s house, the place she is proven right here arabesquing on her leather-based rhino to a checklist of The Kinks…. In Paris Warhol’s gang startled the dancers at Chez Castel via showing with fifteen rabbits and Edie Sedgwick in a black leotard and a white mink coat. In her deep, campy voice, strained via smoke and Boston, she stated: “It’s all i need to put on. ” PATTI SMITH i'd examine those discotheques. i might come the entire manner as much as long island to loiter in entrance of a discotheque, watch humans cross into Arthur’s or Steve Paul’s The Scene. For me it was once like seeing Hollywood. I observed Edie dance as soon as. It was once the large second of my existence. i believe I acknowledged I needed to use the rest room, and a few vulnerable man on the discotheque door enable me via. I consider I had on a eco-friendly wool mini-skirt. for brand new Jersey I regarded beautiful scorching, yet I didn’t glance so scorching there. What I consider so much of all have been their rings. i presumed they have been particularly neat dancers yet strange. We didn’t dance like that during New Jersey. i used to be cited in a very black region and we have been relatively nice dancers.

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