“Andy Warhol, Publisher” by Lucy Mulroney— An Artist, An Icon and A Publisher

Mulroney, Lucy. “Andy Warhol, Publisher”, University of Chicago Press, 2018.

An Artist, An Icon and a Publisher

Amos Lassen

Most of us know Andy Warhol as a visual artist and filmmaker and Andy Warhol was also a publisher. He distributed his own books and magazines and contributed to those of others, Warhol found publishing to be one of his greatest pleasures, mainly because of its cooperative and social nature.

In the 1950s, Warhol began making his way through the New York advertising world,. His career reached a height in the 1960s. Lucy Mulroney has found new archival material that reveals Warhol’s publications as complex projects that involved not only an exciting group of collaborators but also shifting technologies, and a wide and fervent readership.

Whether Warhol was creating children’s books, his infamous “boy book” for gay readers, writing works for established publishing houses such as Grove Press and Random House, helping found Interview magazine, or compiling a compendium of photography that he worked on to his death, he used publishing to further and get his art out to the world. Warhol both highlighted the variety of our printed culture but he also showed how publishing can “cement an artistic legacy.”

Warhol had the ability to imagine everything about a book including the copyedited pages, the anecdotes, and the book tour itself as art.

Warhol’s publication projects redefined the rituals of publishing, publicity, and print in America. Here we see his “range, intricacy, and above all the radically collaborative nature of these projects.”


  • Introduction
  • 1          One Blue Pussy
  • 2          Fuck You
  • 3          Three Bad Books
  • 4          Young, Rich, Intelligent, and Willing to Spend!
  • 5          I’d Recognize Your Voice Anywhere
  • 6          America
  • Acknowledgments 
  • Notes
  • Index

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