The Trip: Andy Warhol's plastic fantastic cross-country adventure by Deborah Davis
This is a book about a little known road trip Andy Warhol
took from New York to LA in 1963 to attend the opening of his first solo show.
Poet Gerard Malanga, filmmaker Taylor Mead and painter Wynn
Chamberlain accompany him in this crazy, drug-fuelled, 5 day adventure through
heartland America in a Ford Falcon.
The stack of receipts from Warhol’s archives enables Davis
to follow in their footsteps as she travels Route 66 making notes about the
many places they visited.
Obsessed by Hollywood and celebrity we get to see ‘60s
America through the eyes of a pop-artist. Inspired by the kitsch and billboards
of Route 66 Warhol said “ I don’t ever want to live anyplace where you couldn’t
drive down the road and see drive-ins and giant ice cream cones and walk-in hot
dogs and motel signs flashing.”
It’s a refreshing, entertaining take on the early part of
Andy’s career before he became famous. His illustrating & advertising work enabled
him to buy a four storied townhouse on Lexington Avenue, Manhattan at a time
when most artists were struggling to get by. Davis also goes into detail about
his mother Julia who lived with him. Her background and the important role she
played in Andy’s life is fascinating.
I loved it. It’s a colourful time capsule and a fun trip.