In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back.
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, The Trip captures Warhol's interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche.
In The Trip, Andy Warhol's speeding Ford Falcon is our time machine, transporting us from the last vestiges of the sleepy Eisenhower epoch to the true beginning of the explosive, exciting '60s. Through in-depth, original research, Deborah Davis sheds new light on one of the most enduring figures in the art world and captures a fascinating moment in 1960s America--with Warhol at its center.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Davis (Guest of Honor) recounts the high-speed, cross-country car trip Warhol took from New York City to Los Angeles with three friends in 1963 to attend the opening of his first-ever solo art show. The journey itself is only part of the narrative, which spans Warhol's life and career. Davis's strength is her eye for detail, and she recreates the minutia of mid-20th-century America through descriptions of billboards, neon signs, amphetamines, cheap motels, experimental films, and wild parties. Davis's prose mirrors the zeitgeist Warhol brought to his art: bright, breezy, and easy to understand. She may not convince readers that the L.A. trip was Warhol's artistic turning point, but she immerses them in his gossipy, kitschy, crowded, materialistic, and off-kilter world. For Warhol aficionados, this book may add a few twists to familiar territory. For readers less familiar with the pop artist, it provides an entertaining and accessible introduction to his work and a beginner's guide to the social scene of the pop art world. Photos. Agent: Scott Waxman, Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. (July)