Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar

A look into what moved Andy Warhol s greatest muse Located at 33 Union Square West in the heart of New York City s pulsing downtown scene, Andy Warhol s Factory was an artistic anomaly Not simply a painter s studio, it was the center of Warhol s assembly line production of films, books, art, and the groundbreaking Interview magazine Although Warhol s first Factory on EasA look into what moved Andy Warhol s greatest muse Located at 33 Union Square West in the heart of New York City s pulsing downtown scene, Andy Warhol s Factory was an artistic anomaly Not simply a painter s studio, it was the center of Warhol s assembly line production of films, books, art, and the groundbreaking Interview magazine Although Warhol s first Factory on East 47th Street was known for its space age silver interior, the Union Square Factory became the heart, brain, eyes, and soul of all things Warhol and was, famously, the site of the assassination attempt that nearly took his life It also produced a subculture of Factory denizens known as superstars, a collection of talented and ambitious misfits, the most glamorous and provocative of whom was the transgender pioneer Candy Darling Born James Slattery in Queens in 1944 and raised on Long Island, the author began developing a female identity as a young child Carefully imitating the sirens of Hollywood s golden age, young Jimmy had, by his early twenties, transformed into Candy, embodying the essence of silver screen femininity, and in the process became her true self Warhol, who found the whole dizzying package irresistible, cast Candy in his films Flesh and Women in Revolt and turned her into the superstar she was born to be In her writing, Darling provides an illuminating look at what it was like to be transgender at a time when the gay rights movement was coming into its own Blessed with a candor, wit, and style that inspired not only Warhol, but Tennessee Williams, Lou Reed, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Darling made an indelible mark on American culture during one of its most revolutionary eras These memoirs depict a talented and tragic heroine who was taken away from us far too soon.
Candy Darling Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar A look into what moved Andy Warhol s greatest muse Located at Union Square West in the heart of New York City s pulsing downtown scene Andy Warhol s Factory was an artistic anomaly Not simply a pa

  • Title: Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar
  • Author: Candy Darling James Rasin
  • ISBN: 9781480407756
  • Page: 343
  • Format: ebook
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    1. Warhol superstar and transgender icon Candy Darling comes back to life in this beautiful memoir. Tragically dying at the young age of 29, Candy wasn't around long enough to write an official memoir so what we are left with is her personal journals. Published the way Candy wrote them, spelling errors and all, what we get is what most peoples journals are like, ranging everywhere from casual streams of consciousness to deep personal thoughts and feelings. The fluff, such as cooking recipes, person [...]

    2. Inspirational as it was tragic. I requested a copy from NetGalley and they were more than willing to approve said request. And I was more than happy to have read such an inspiring and moving book. I particularly loved that I could identify with the book in more ways than one, though there are close to none similarities between Candy Darling’s life then and my life now. I guess everything she said in her letters still hold true today. The fact that Candy Darling stayed true to who she was, desp [...]

    3. Although she passed away the same year that I was born, denying me the chance to really get to experience her life, Candy Darling was one of the very first transgender icons to whom I aspired. Not only was she stunningly beautiful, but she was accepted, validated, and celebrated as a muse of both the infamous Andy Warhol and punk pioneers The Velvet Underground. Never mind that I didn't get Warhol's art, and was never a fan of Lou Reed's music - Candy, for me, eclipsed them all.Given that she di [...]

    4. I enjoyed this book a lot, the forward and intro covered the very basics of Candy Darling's life, and the rest of the book was made up of her journal writings and letters. I loved the journal parts because it would go from brutally honest thoughts about herself and life to really snarky comments on other people to recipes. It was all such a mixed bag of goodies. I do wish the book would've had more of her life story in it. The journal entries were so odd and didn't seem to follow a timeline that [...]

    5. This is one of the slew of books I nabbed when Open Road Media offered about a zillion e-books for free last year. I went through a huge Andy Warhol/Factory phase in my late teens, so I thought it would be fun to revisit that world via the diaries of transgender actress Candy Darling—a pioneer, really, given the rarity of transgender women in film (and society) in the late sixties. I'm a sucker for reading the random jottings of real-life people. While some reviewers have complained about how [...]

    6. This will be a review for both Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar and My Face for the World to See: The Diaries, Letters, and Drawings of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar. The version on Hoopla was listed as the former, but seemed to have bits from the latter (excluding drawings and some photos it seems).Since most of the entries were not really chronological (or had a date), I think this would have been better as a scanned diary, like Kurt Cobains.Mary Harron kept misgenderi [...]

    7. Candy Darling is an interesting memoir of a pioneer in the rights of transgendered people. What is fascinating about this story though is not that Candy Darling was once a man but more so the life that she lived in the time period that she lived.However, as much as that was an interesting aspect of her life it seems to have been somewhat ignored in this book. There is very little reference to Andy Warhol’s Factory and to the life that one of the Warholian Darlings would live. Personally, I fee [...]

    8. Candy Darling: Memoirs of an Andy Warhol Superstar by Candy Darling is a free NetGalley ebook that I began reading in early March. I was extremely interested in reading this book after watching a documentary of a similar name (and front cover) on Netflix and looked forward to learning more about Candy through a different dimension/form of media.Reading the first section of this book reminded me about reading The Letters of Andy Warhol many moons ago. This book, however, is much more interesting [...]

    9. Very disjointed and poorly formatted as an e-book, it was really hard to glean much of anything from this book. I understand wanting to portray the troubled and artistic sides of Candy Darling, but a reader has to be able to follow the narrative to see those sides. The diary entries and letters by Candy are more disjointed than anything Bill Burroughs could concoct. The second part with a more straight-forward biography (as an introduction) and a couple of what appear to be essays is a much easi [...]

    10. I think Candy Darling is fascinating, and requested this in the hopes that I would get a little more insight into who she is and how she lived. That's not really what I got. It's mostly ramblings and not much of it makes sense; there also seems to be a large chunk of journal entries that's printed in there multiple times.Could've been improved with writings from her contemporaries, I think.

    11. This is pretty disjointed, and rambling. It is noteworthy mostly because Candy Darling was transgender before most people understood people could really be born in the wrong gendered body. It does come across as a labor of love on the part of the friends who wrote the 2 introductions, which offer more insight than Ms Darling's musings do.

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