Yesterday would have been Andy Warhol's 85th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Warhol Museum and @EarthCam are livestreaming footage of his gravesite. The broadcast is the work of Madelyn Roehrig, a part of her Asking Andy anything project.
Some passers-by wave at the camera. Some talk on their cellphones, apparently unaware of the countless invisible observers. One man, dressed in a kilt, spent many hours at the graveside, playing “Happy Birthday” on a horn and chatting with other Warhol pilgrims. Finally, alone in the dark, he lit up cigarette and took a closer look at Warhol's grave.
The live stream continues today, and visitors still file in and out of the frame to pay their respects—often for 15 minutes or so. Warhol would be amused.
In 2002, a fellow paid 75 cents at a New York City flea market for a curious acetate recording of the Velvet Underground. Turns out, the acetate contained early recorded takes and mixes of songs that in different form eventually became my favorite album of all time, The Velvet Underground & Nico. As I posted in 2006, the acetate landed on eBay with an insane $155,401 closing bid. No surprise, but the bidder bailed. The acetate was relisted, finally selling for $25,200. After multiple bootlegs and digital files circulated (like the above YouTube clip), the "Scepter Studios Acetate" was officially released last year on the "45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition" CD box set of The Velvet Underground & Nico, which I included on the Boing Boing Holiday Gift Guide. Well, now you can finally buy an officially vinyl release of the Velvet Underground Scepter Studios Acetate. In fact, I just did! Velvet Underground & Nico: "Scepter Studios Acetate"
Several years ago, Dean Wareham (ex-Galaxie 500) and Britta Phillips (ex-Luna) created an alluring soundtrack of new songs and covers to accompany Andy Warhol's famed "Screen Tests" shot at The Factory in the mid-1960s. On February 9, Dean & Britta will bring this mesmerizing multimedia song cycle to life once again in a special concert at the the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. "13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests"
(The Dean & Britta event is just a week after I will be interviewing Peter Hook of New Order and Joy Division on that same JCCSF stage. Info on that here with more to come!)