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ISBN13: 9780802134103
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When Edie was first published, it quickly became an international best-seller and then took its place among the classic books about the 1960s. Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet. She seemed to have it all: she was aristocratic and glamorous, vivacious and young, Andy Warhol's superstar. But within a few years she flared out as quickly as she had appeared, and before she turned twenty-nine she was dead from a drug overdose.

In a dazzling tapestry of voices — family, friends, lovers, rivals — the entire meteoric trajectory of Edie Sedgwick's life is brilliantly captured. And so is the Pop Art world of the ‘60s: the sex, drugs, fashion, music — the mad rush for pleasure and fame. All glitter and flash on the outside, it was hollow and desperate within — like Edie herself, and like her mentor, Andy Warhol. Alternately mesmerizing, tragic, and horrifying, this book shattered many myths about the ‘60s experience in America.

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“This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for.” Norman Mailer

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“Through a kaleidoscope of seemingly fragmented voices, patterns form, giving brilliant definition to the very American tragedy of Edie Sedgwick, a woman…not likely to be forgotten after this haunting portrait.” Publishers Weekly

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“Extraordinary...a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated.” The New York Times

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“An exceptionally seductive biography....You can't put it down....It has novelistic excitement.” Los Angeles Times Book Review

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“What makes this book so unusual, unique almost, is the picture it paints of the New York counterculture. No one has ever done it better.” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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“There is no more classic summertime read.” New York Magazine

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When Edie was first published a decade ago, it quickly became an international bestseller. In the sixties Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet — aristocratic, glamorous, and Andy Warhol's superstar. Then at 28 her light fizzled and died from a drug overdose. Alternately thrilling, tragic and horrifying, this book shatters many myths about the American sixties. Photographs.

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Donna Trujillo, February 21, 2008 (view all comments by Donna Trujillo)
Edie is the story of Edie Sedgwick, a poor little rich girl who stumbled, half-crocked, into the heady world of Andy Warhol's hippy-era Factory. An arguably talented but certainly engaging collection of degenerate dilettantes narrates this oral biography: Ondine, Gerard Malanga, Brigid Berlin, Viva, Ultra Violet, Billy Name, to name a few. But the splendid cast of characters doesn't end there. People like Bob Dylan and Diana Vreeland and even, oddly, Lance Loud (of the PBS documentary "An American Family") also make appearances. As they share their remembrances of Edie, they each manage to share, intentionally or unintentionally, something of themselves and of the extraordinary times in which they all found themselves.

The skeleton of this story is assembled from the fragile bones of Edie's life, collected by the people who witnessed her meteoric rise from New York socialite to model to Warholian Superstar and who were there to gasp in awe as her star plummeted to the earth, ending in her death from a barbiturate overdose in 1971. But as each narrator adds a memory to the memorial body, the flesh and feelings of an entire person emerges, along with the extraordinary times that they shared. In the story of Edie, we see the youthful radiance of the 60's counterculture degenerate into a toxic and bewildered soup by decade's end.

Like the cynical, drug-addled world that produced movies like "Factory Diaries," "Vinyl" and "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Edie" is often grotesque, assaultive, overcompensating. But it is also fascinating, a tapestry whose individual pieces are as interesting as the whole. So, too, is this a wonderful example of what an oral biography does best: it brings us into a room and into conversation with people with whom we may never speak. If you're looking to have a chat with the counter-culture, "Edie" is here, inviting you to the party.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802134103
Author:
Stein, Jean
Publisher:
Grove Press
Editor:
Plimpton, George
Author:
Plimpton, George
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Sedgwick, Edie
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
2203
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
564
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23.5 oz

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Product details 564 pages Grove Press - English 9780802134103 Reviews:
"Review" by , “This is the book of the Sixties that we have been waiting for.”
"Review" by , “Through a kaleidoscope of seemingly fragmented voices, patterns form, giving brilliant definition to the very American tragedy of Edie Sedgwick, a woman…not likely to be forgotten after this haunting portrait.”
"Review" by , “Extraordinary...a fascinating narrative that is both meticulously reported and expertly orchestrated.”
"Review" by , “An exceptionally seductive biography....You can't put it down....It has novelistic excitement.”
"Review" by , “What makes this book so unusual, unique almost, is the picture it paints of the New York counterculture. No one has ever done it better.”
"Review" by , “There is no more classic summertime read.”
"Synopsis" by , When Edie was first published a decade ago, it quickly became an international bestseller. In the sixties Edie Sedgwick exploded into the public eye like a comet — aristocratic, glamorous, and Andy Warhol's superstar. Then at 28 her light fizzled and died from a drug overdose. Alternately thrilling, tragic and horrifying, this book shatters many myths about the American sixties. Photographs.
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