Edie Sedgwick Books

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! 😀

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.

I won’t “review” these books, but YOU can! If you have thought about any of them, or know of others, please shout out in the comments below!

Edie Sedgwick Books: Books about or including Edie Sedgwick: Edie: An American Biography, Edie: Factory Girl, Edie: Girl on Fire, From Stills to Motion and Back Again, Andy Warhol Screen Tests

Edie Sedgwick Books

I won’t review these books. It’d be too hard to be unbiased. And honestly, also too painful. I’ll just say that in addition to being quotation based rather than something truly authored, they’re also all linear. They start with my agonizing childhood and end with my descent into addiction. Then on the last page you get the lovely news that I died because I was so stoned that I suffocated in bed, face down in a pillow, lying next to my sleeping husband.

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 Sedgwick Books: Cover of the book Edie: An American Biography

Edie: An American Biography, Jean Stein with George Plimpton

Edie: An American Biography

by Jean Stein with George Plimpton
Paperback: 564 pages
Publisher: Grove Press; 1st pbk. ed edition (October 14, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802134106
ISBN-13: 978-0802134103

Edie Sedgwick Books: cover of the book Edie: Factory Girl

Edie: Factory Girl, Nat Finkelstein & David Dalton

Edie: Factory Girl

by Nat Finkelstein & David Dalton
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: VH1 Press (October 24, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1576873463

Edie Sedgwick Books: cover of the book Edie: Girl on Fire

Edie: Girl on Fire, Melissa Painter & David Weisman

Edie: Girl on Fire

by Melissa Painter & David Weisman
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 31, 2007)
ISBN-10: 081186121X

Books I’m on the Cover of

Edie Sedgwick Books: cover of the book From Stills to Motion and Back Again

From Stills to Motion and Back Again

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0920293573
ISBN-13: 978-0920293577

Edie Sedgwick Books: cover of the book Andy Warhol Screen Tests by Callie Angell

Andy Warhol Screen Tests, Callie Angell

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)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810955393
ISBN-13: 978-0810955394

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


Edie Sedgwick Books: poster for the film Ciao Manhattan

Ciao Manhattan

Ciao! Manhattan

Directed by John Palmer & David Weisman
1972, 84 minutes

Edie Sedgwick Books: poster for the film Factory Girl

Factory Girl

Factory Girl

Directed by George Hickenlooper
Writing Credits: Captain Mauzner, Simon Monjack, Aaron Richard Golub
Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick
2006, 90 minutes

Edie Sedgwick Books: Books about or including Edie Sedgwick: Edie: An American Biography, Edie: Factory Girl, Edie: Girl on Fire,  From Stills to Motion and Back Again, Andy Warhol Screen Tests

Edie Sedgwick Books

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!

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2 Responses to “Edie Sedgwick Books”

  1. I can’t keep up with you, Edie! For a dead girl, you sure get around. Thank you for doing up this media post. I had heard Edie was terrific in Ciao! Manhattan, but I didn’t know the film was not one of Warhol’s. And I really like Guy Pearce, so I’ll have to check out Factory Girl now. Who knows, your apparition may still be leading me around the fascinating world of Edie and Andy’s factory life for years to come.
    I loved the Edie eye makeup video from your other post, btw. Got through about half of it and am now looking forward to seeing the rest of it, as well as all of the other videos in that post.
    You are all over the 3 library books I borrowed. You grace the rear inside cover of Steven Watson’s “Factory Made: Warhol in the Sixties” in a photo of you on a pay phone hanging from a light colored brick wall, probably part of the Factory’s interior. And those eyes…oh my!!

    • aww, scrum, you’re just the sweetest thing! I did get around quite a bit in my, uh, “corporeal” days… but yes… incorporeality does allow for a lot of travel!

      Oh yes, the back endpaper of Steven Watson’s book (did you like the book? I think it’s pretty good) That’s me on the payphone at the Silver Factory. That image is on my big twitter homepage:

      As for movies… uggh… I’m probably a bad person to talk about Ciao Manhattan or Factory Girl, I guess that’s why I didn’t review them. I might suggest watching Outer and Inner Space, Beauty No. 2, or perhaps Poor Little Rich Girl.

      I’m sure you’ve already seen my 1965 Screen Test, my Avatar Screen Test, and my Posthumous Screen Test.

      Thanks so much for visiting me scrum!
      Sometimes it gets lonely…

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