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"Steven Watson has written the best imaginable book on the Sixties of
Andy Warhol's Silver Factory, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, and the
appropriation by mainstream culture of the underground avant garde.
Based on the testimony of those who were part of it, those who were not
there can now know exactly what it was like, without having to pay the
price of having to live through it. And since the end of the Silver
Factory coincides with the near-fatal attempt on Warhol's life in 1968,
the book has the narrative drive of an unfolding tragedy. The research
is impeccable, the spirit of the book is open and sympathetic, and the
writing is as witty as it is clear. A marvelous achievement."
Steven Watson's history of Andy Warhol's Silver Factory years is a riveting mosaic that captures a moment in the New York art world when cultural change was accelerating at the speed of light. But the book is much more an than entertaining chronology. In casting a wide cultural net that encompasses pop art, experimental film, and the birth of the Theater of the Ridiculous, Factory Made connects these movements and makes sense of it all in a way that no other book has done. It is a masterly achievement.
"FACTORY MADE, an encyclopedic act of cultural memory, is as wide-angled, as sympathetic, as polyphonic, and as entertaining an account of Warhol's 1960s as we're likely to get. Steven Watson's emphasis on collaborative artistic practices offers an eye-opening antidote to the usual Andy-centered approach."