After a long, critical appraisal of Warhol’s career and social presence up to the time of his death, Koch examines the cultural vortex in which the artist first existed: his old sixties studio, the Factory. It was here, that Warhol produced his films, notorious underground classics whose radical esthetics are discussed in depth—from the silent marathon, Sleep, to Chelsea Girls.

—John Leonard, The New York Times

A landmark of American criticism

During the 1960s, Andy Warhol’s haunting work and personality changed the face of art forever, while the man himself experienced a dazzling rise to international fame, a frightening involvement with the New York sexual underground and a bizarre murder attempt which very nearly took his life. Stargazer explores Warhol’s obsessions with sex, glamour and death, together with the perverse conceptual thrust of his cinematic vision, which set the seal on his reputation. It presents an unforgettable portrait of Warhol’s most fascinating invention—his own public image—the strange impassive persona that this fey, frightened and brilliantly talented poor boy from Pittsburgh created to survive  the savage world of his own ambitions. Koch brilliantly captures what Warhol  called his ‘Pop Statement’, meditating on the powerful connections between the man and the moment that made it all possible. 

A Note from the Author…

Stargazer changed my life. It started as a magazine piece, which, if I have to say, turned out well. Then came the opportunity to write a book. In the magazine I looked at Andy and his world from the outside. Writing Stargazer, I looked at them up close and personal. A great, though strange, experience.

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Praise for Stargazer

“A landmark of American criticism.”

 

—Boston Phoenix

“A volume of profound insight…resoundingly brilliant.”

 

—Film Comment

“Sensitive and compelling about form and subject matter.”

 

—New York Times

“Koch’s book makes clear the essence of Warhol’s work.”

 

—New York Times Book Review

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More…

About Stephen Koch

Koch is the author of two novels and five books of nonfiction, ranging from history to literary history and a handbook on creative writing called The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop. His most recent book is Hitler’s Pawn – The Boy Assassin and the Holocaust  about the life of a Jewish teenager who in 1938 assassinated a minor German Diplomat and gave Hitler his pretext for Kristallnacht, and had worldwide repercussions in the lead up to the second World War. 

Koch has steadily written essays and reviews about literature, art, and the cultural scene. One of his books, Stargazer – The Life, World, and Films of Andy Warhol, is now regarded as a classic discussion of Warhol’s films, art and sensibility. Read More...

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