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The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure

Deborah Davis.
Publisher Atria  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9781476703510
Pages/Publication Date 324/2015
Daedalus Item Code 60042
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The author of Strapless, Guest of Honor, and Party of the Century, Deborah Davis had long been fascinated with Andy Warhol when she discovered an episode that is usually little more than a footnote in his biographies. In 1963, at the age of 35 and on the verge of stardom, Warhol and some of his cronies embarked on a cross-country road trip from New York to Hollywood—much of it along Route 66. Davis, armed with the receipts the artist kept in one of his packrat "time capsules," reproduces Warhol's journey; she finds along the way not only much of what inspired him to become the plastic personality we recognize, but also what was happening in the country that made the 60s what they were. With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, Davis captures Warhol's interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Here too are the rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and soon-to-be hippies, each leaving an indelible impression on the budding superstar.

"In 1963, Andy Warhol drove from New York to Los Angeles with his friends Wynn Chamberlain, Gerard Malanga, and Taylor Mead. Deborah Davis's new book ... argues that the brief episode in Warhol's life was a turning point in the artist's career. It was a metaphorical passage to fame, allowing him to become the character for which he's remembered."—Artnews

"Davis's prose mirrors the zeitgeist Warhol brought to his art: bright, breezy, and easy to understand.... An entertaining and accessible introduction to his work and a beginner's guide to the social scene of the pop art world."—Publishers Weekly

"Thanks to Deborah Davis I've just been on a cross country road trip to Hollywood with Andy Warhol: 1963, the year America lost its innocence. Sure, there's high gossip, lots of gossip—Andy wouldn't leave home without it—but also something much more. A way of seeing things that has made Andy Warhol not just one of the most coveted artists of our age but also one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century."—William Norwich

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