Fair point

“Little did I realize that not only would there be no money, but that your star would flicker for two seconds and that was it. But it was worth it, the drugs, the parties; it was fabulous.”

Holly Woodlawn.

9 thoughts on “Fair point”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    I liked this from the beeb website:

    “The paper said she decided against gender reassignment surgery in the late 60s, with her response being: “Honey, once they cut it off, it’s OFF!”

  2. God, there wasn’t a single Warhol/Morrissey film that was anything other than terrible in every way possible. I’m glad Woodlawn had fun through it all, because he/she inflicted a lot of pain on moviegoers who bought into Warhol’s bullshit (at least once).

  3. I seem to remember the vampire one with the ‘wirgins’ was terrible but quite enjoyable. (Not that I can really remember it, I was very drunk at the time.)

  4. Philip Scott Thomas

    It’s surprising, or maybe depressing, that the BBC’s reports keep saying that Holly was the inspiration for Walk On the Wild Side. Srsly?

    Yes, the first verse is about Holly. But the second is about ‘Candy Darling’, the drag name of James Lawrence Slattery. ‘Little Joe’ is Joe D’Alessandro. The ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ is Joe Campbell. ‘Jackie’ is Jackie Curtiss. These were all members of Warhol’s Factory repertory company.

    Yes, the films were pants and are now practically unwatchable, but c’mon. The late Sixties weren’t that long ago. This is basic cultural literacy stuff.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    He did not think about this. Clearly. I mean what sort of market demand did he think there was for fat over-fifty trannies? Of course he was going to have two minutes of fame and then nothing.

    Unless, of course, he could do what women do which is find someone who actually likes her and is willing to stick through thick and thin.

  6. Philip, the 60s were a lifetime ago. In my case literally. For most people alive today it isn’t close to basic knowledge.

    As pointed out recently, 1960 is closer to WWI than now.

    I know about Warhol in pretty much the same way as I know about Rubens. Both interesting but ancient history.

  7. “Chester Draws” on behalg of ‘ancient history’ I must point out that in due course you are in for a shock. Being over eighty years old I have a glimmering of what comes next.
    Culture it is likely not to be..

  8. Hi john malpas – a snark-free request for detail.
    Are you suggesting economic collapse, global war (or, ahem, militant-inspired uprisings), or just the next depressing, non-comprehensible, turgid, pretentious phase of art and “culture”?

    All 3 seems a possibility but I wonder what you meant.

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