JOHN WILCOCK: Andy Warhol's First Meeting with The Velvet Underground (and other events of 1965)

A book of John Wilcock comics is now available

A variety of Warhol Moments of 1965, including the filming of Poor Little Rich Girl and Beauty #2 with Edie Sedgwick, Nam June Paik's video delay prank, and the first meeting of The Velvet Underground with Andy Warhol, which John witnessed in person, during the band's stay at Rick Allmen's Cafe Bizarre. From John Wilcock, New York Years. Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Meeting Edie Sedgwick

Returning from a trip abroad, John returns to Andy Warhol's Factory to meet a young, fragile, and beautiful Edie Sedgwick.

JOHN WILCOCK: George Wallace, the KKK, and the 1965 Selma Freedom Marches

George Wallace by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
An evening of police brutality in 1965 ushers in one of the most pivotal moments in Civil Rights history. From John Wilcock, New York Years, a history of the 1960s underground press and related events. (Also, Happy MLK Day, Jan 16)

JOHN WILCOCK: The History of East Coast Academic Acid

Traditionally, the end of year (New Year's, especially) is a time when many on the planet indulge in LSD. To commemorate this good-minded season, here's a compact history of East Coast academic acid, including John's experience dosing at Millbrook with Tim Leary, Charles Mingus, others. Happy Holidays.

JOHN WILCOCK: Bob Dylan and the First Published News Photo of a Burning American Flag

Bob Dylan by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A reminiscence of the Bitter End cafe, followed by a trip to Jim Haynes in Paris. From John Wilcock, New York Years.

VALENTINE'S WILCOCK: John meets Amber (his future wife)

A book of John Wilcock comics is now available

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JOHN WILCOCK: Andy Warhol's Mole People and Fred Herko's Suicide Dance (1964)

Freddy Herko by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A comic strip about Freddie Herko, who was a captivating and influential artist in New York, until his untimely death at age 28, in 1964. From John Wilcock, New York Years. (Supplements include Andy Warhol's screen test of Herko and an appreciation from The Guardian)

The Filming of Andy Warhol's EMPIRE (1964)

Is Andy Warhol's eight-hour film a supreme act of considered minimalism, or one of the 20th century's most notorious art pranks?

The FUGS First Rehearsal and Lou Reed's Earliest Known Recording of 'Heroin'

Lou Reed writes Heroin by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A cameo-filled page from John Wilcock, New York Years. With Ed Sanders' Arts Magazine, Edie Sedgwick arriving in NYC, and Nico fainting on stage.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Its Disastrous Effect on The Vietnam War

With Lyndon Johnson's expansion of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, U.S. counterculture finds itself more involved in politics, aggressive pranks, and anti-war protest.

Early History of Andy Warhol's First Factory

The original Warhol Factory was located next to the local YMCA, with an easy view inside of exercising gymnasts - and other personal recollections from 1964.

Andy Warhol, Virginia Woolf, and a Five Boy "Blow Job"

Andy Warhol by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
Andy Warhol's early silent film and its connection to alcoholism, gossip, and Willard Maas' The Mechanics of Love.

Andy Warhol's Early Life in Nine Easy Panels

Andy Warhol by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
Chapter Eight of the John Wilcock comic begins on Boing Boing. (Catch up on previous installments here and here.)

JOHN WILCOCK: Leaving the trial, I realized Kennedy had just been killed.

The Jan and Stan story concludes with one of the most discordant moments possible. From John Wilcock, New York Years.

JOHN WILCOCK: An Incident on Liberty Street

The tribute to Jan and Stan continues with a pornography arrest in New York's Financial District. A true life tale from John Wilcock, New York Years.

JOHN WILCOCK: My First Orgy

It's the Sixties now! - with John's first oily encounter with group sex. Part 1/3 of a serialized encounter from John Wilcock, New York Years.

JOHN WILCOCK: India, LSD, and Leonard Cohen's 'Flowers for Hitler'

An eventful week of drug use, red-eyes, and planes, planes, planes! From the John Wilcock comic (see previous installments here and here.)

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