Warhol, Spielberg, Bianca Jagger on a hotel bed...

My friend Siege blogged this YouTube find and explained it like this:

On a hotel bed, Steven Spielberg talks to Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger about TV static ghosts, picking up radio stations on his teeth, and swallowing the future.
Spielberg confesses *swallowing* a transistor after his father presented it to him, and said "son, this is the future" -- it was the young boy's first hands-on experience with technology. Or, perhaps better stated, his first technology-in-gullet experience.

My Friends Andy, Steve and Bianca Just Hanging Out (YouTube, uploaded by user michaeljamespinto, read his blog entry about the clip here. )

Update: BB commenter DHC says, "It's worth noting that his is an outtake from a TV show that Warhol developed and aired on Manhattan cable. You can get more of the story here."

And still more about the video here. Anyone know if other clips or episodes are available online anywhere? Please post links in the comments, these are fascinating. Also: coke or weed? Discuss. (my money's on coke.)



  1. He certainly hasn’t become any more personable in the last 30 years, so a cyborg could be a really good guess.

  2. in 92 I was at a wake talkin to Mike Nichols and Buck Henry about cameras or I can’t remember what and Mike said Once they put one behind the eye its all over. I say oh, they already have that, they have those tiny cameras they use to see inside peoples hearts and Mike says I dont think thats something I’d want to see. what a wonderful world i says to myself

  3. A quick update to my last comment. I made a slight mistake. Warhol had a 10 part series called “Fashion”. And then he created a new series, and the clip you featured comes from that. Just wanted to clarify.

  4. There’s three people with whom I wouldn’t want to be stuck in a hotel room. I’ll bet Andy felt the same way when it was over.

  5. Maybe it wasn’t his filling, but the “transistor” he swallowed. Then again, maybe he’s nuts.

  6. Greylodge posted about some of the Andy Warhol TV stuff last year or rather two years ago. I think an orrent-tay was on the old Alterati site… I don’t see it now.

  7. The look on Bianca’s face is even saying, “What a load of sh*t.”

    I think the look on her face actually says, “I haven’t had a hit of coke in 48 seconds. How am I supposed to live like this?!?”

  8. Was this clip filmed before Speilberg did Poltergeist? If so, it becomes much more interesting than the inane conversation between 3 drugged up icons, which is all that it appears to be on the surface.

    So was this discussion of ghosts within television static the catalyst of conceit for Poltergeist, which Speilberg co-wrote the screenplay? I’d like to think so.

    p.s. Coke, Coke and heroin.

  9. I dunno my concept of eternal damnation would be very much like that room but as it would be my own personal hell Warhol would be swapped out for Quentin Tarantino and Jagger for Tom Cruise.

  10. He’s just bullshitting them imo, or deliberately taking liberties with the truth to make the talk (or himself) more interesting. Picking up radio signals with tooth fillings was an urban legend.

  11. Not to be obtuse but as Rick James said “cocaine is one helluva a drug!” A young Jedi, Mrs. Jagger and 15 Minute Andy in the same hotel room for an early morning interview? I am guessing that Studio 54 was still open at this point…yet…superb!

  12. Coke or weed? That largely depends on whether you want to get, in the parlance of a famous technology magazine, ‘wired’ or ‘tired’.

  13. my money’s on coke as well.

    Of course, we all know that Warhol was completely sober, that’s how he always was. Just airy and slightly detached from the subject.

  14. the older I get, the more the young-uns look like they’re on coke.

    Andy’s sober, he’s up, she’s down.

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