We learned yesterday that makeup artists love to do Edie Sedgwick Makeup video tutorials! The awesome Sanni Mai tells me my vid tut is in her top 5! 😀
@EDiEMONSTA Thanks so much! Out of all the vids Edie is in my top 5 looks too.. Hope you have a nice weekend! xo
— Sanni ❥ (@missmai27) May 29, 2014
So it turns out… peeps apparently like to write books about me too. Well, sort of. It’s interesting that none of these books are actually written biographies… nor even uber or slash fanfic… they’re more like collections of quotations and anecdotes. This is kind of cool in that you get primary sources for the stories. But I think it’s also problematic. Memories are inaccurate. Peeps invent perspectives to fit their own agenda. And while some might occasionally be cruel, even more often they’re too nice to me. The stuff Bibbe Hansen says about me is so sweet it makes me cry. But I can’t imagine anybody really felt that way at the time. I think it’s more like being considerate of the poor dead girl.
Writers often begin stories in medias res because they think it’s too boring to start at the beginning. I’m convinced that my story needs to end in medias res. Everybody dies. Even at a ripe old age death is still sad. Everybody dies, but not everybody truly lives. I learned in my Warhol MOOC essay Teatime on Mars that in each of the 42 parallel universes I’ve visited in the 42 years since my death, sadly, I always die young. But that it’s only the universes where I meet Andy that I ever really live. In Andy Warhol & the Superstar Girl I argued that like the film stories of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid or Thelma and Louise, my story shouldn’t end on the sad carnage, but on palpably alive moments that preceded it. So that’s the Edie book or film I’m still waiting for.
Edie Sedgwick Books
Edie: An American Biography
by Jean Stein with George Plimpton
Paperback: 564 pages
Publisher: Grove Press; 1st pbk. ed edition (October 14, 1994)
Edie: Factory Girl
by Nat Finkelstein & David Dalton
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: VH1 Press (October 24, 2006)
Edie: Girl on Fire
by Melissa Painter & David Weisman
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 31, 2007)
Books I’m on the Cover of
From Stills to Motion and Back Again
From Stills to Motion & Back Again Texts on Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests & Outer and Inner Space
by Geralyn Huxley, Callie Angell, J. Hoberman, Edie Sedgwick as transcribed by Lisa Dillon Edgitt, and Bill Jeffries
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Presentation House Gallery (2003)
- Goodreads / From Stills to Motion and Back Again
- Google Books / From Stills to Motion and Back Again
Andy Warhol Screen Tests
The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné
by Callie Angell
Series: Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonnee (Book 1)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2006)
A group of Andy’s filmmaker offshoots were making Ciao! Manhattan with Edie, a movie that later butchered and embarrassed the whole sixties period. They wanted me to design some costumes to be used in an LSD scene. For the hallucination sequence I made bizarre Martha Graham type net numbers with buckram appendages sticking out all over them. My fitting model for the guys’ costumes was the hotel receptionist, a tall, thin, ver proper gent but he loved getting into my second skin outfit with strange attachments and silver buckles all over it. We would dress up in the costumes, sit sedately in the lobby of the Chelsea and wait for reactions from the residents. Hardly anybody noticed.
— Betsey Johnson
Directed by John Palmer & David Weisman
1972, 84 minutes
Directed by George Hickenlooper
Writing Credits: Captain Mauzner, Simon Monjack, Aaron Richard Golub
Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick
2006, 90 minutes
I really love Callie Angell’s book. And From Stills to Motion and Back Again is such a sweet little thing. I can’t believe Lisa Dillon Edgitt actually transcribed all the barely audible stuff I said in Outer and Inner Space!
I can’t really say about the other books and movies. Some really nice people put an awful lot of time in on them. They’re mostly painful for me now. More bitter than sweet. And they aren’t really the way I choose to understand things today with the luxury of hindsight. Perhaps you will find them useful. But maybe start with Callie Angell or Stills to Motion.
Thanks for reading.
I love you!