The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

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The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again)
Cover of the first edition
AuthorAndy Warhol
CountryUnited States

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) is a 1975 book by the American artist Andy Warhol. It was first published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

The book is an assemblage of vignettes about love, beauty, fame, work, sex, time, death, economics, success, and art, among other topics, by the "Prince of Pop".


Warhol signed two book contracts in 1974 with Harcourt, one for The Philosophy and the second for a biography of Paulette Goddard, which was never completed.[1]

The Philosophy was ghostwritten by Warhol's frequent collaborator, Pat Hackett, and Interview magazine editor Bob Colacello.[2] Much of the material is drawn from taped interviews Hackett did with Warhol specifically for the book, and also from conversations Warhol had taped between himself and Colacello and Brigid Berlin.

Warhol promoted the book in September 1975 on a nine-city U.S. book tour, followed by stops in Italy, France, and England.

In October 2019, an audio tape of publicly unknown music by Lou Reed, based on the book, was reported to have been discovered in an archive at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.[3]


  1. ^ Colacello, Bob (2014). Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up. New York: Vintage Books. p. 279. ISBN 0804169861.
  2. ^ Rea, Naomi (2023-06-13). "'You Can't Stay at the Side of a Genius For Too Long': Bob Colacello on the Ups and Downs of Life in Andy Warhol's Orbit". Artnet News. Retrieved 2023-12-24.
  3. ^ Sisaro, Ben (October 30, 2019). "A Long-Lost Lou Reed Tape With a Surprise: Andy Warhol Lyrics - The cassette, discovered at the Andy Warhol Museum, finds the Velvet Underground musician performing snippets from his mentor's 1975 book". The New York Times. Retrieved October 30, 2019.