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July 13, 2012

Manhattan Memories: an autobiography By John Wilcock (Lulu.com, 2010)
excerpt from A Book Review By Marshall Brooks
Provincetown Arts Annual 2012/13

On the Ground
John Wilcock had lived in the Garden of Eden he would have started the world’s first under- ground newspaper there. One can easily picture it: a paradisiacal incarnation of John’s 1960s legendary tabloid, Other Scenes, featuring a lively threesome on its cover and an interview inside with the snake, who, it turns out, really dug (in the argot of the day) cool, mellow people. An Eden on $5 a Day guide would have been sure to follow, precursor to the dozens of travel books that John Wilcock actually has methodically researched and authored over the years, beginning with Mexico on $5 a Day in 1960 for enterprising guidebook publisher Arthur Frommer. Still traveling the world at age eighty-four, no moss grows on John Wilcock, which Manhattan Memories makes clear. But there is more.

(The complete review begins on p.175)

March 15, 2012

John Wilcock: The Puppet Master of '60s Underground Newspapers
the Atlantic

The East Village Other

A conversation with the man who co-founded The Village Voice and wrote the first biography of Andy Warhol.

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March 15, 2012

The East Village Other

Who Was Who

Biographical sketches of personalities and links to information about those whose presence or participation made the East Village Other what it was.

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November 13, 2011

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 21, 2011
New York Magazine

New York Magazine

A deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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October 21, 2011

Norman Mailer Sent Me
James Wolcott

Vanity Fair

"Mailer was an initial investor in the Voice and one of its original columnists and provocateurs, famously getting into a roiling snit when the paper (whose lax copyediting left Mailer’s text acned with minor, grating errors) printed “the nuisances of growth” in lieu of “the nuances of growth,” arousing the finicky wrath of a writer whose style tended more toward steel wool. What provoked him was perhaps not so much the errors themselves—which could be corrected in the next week’s column—but the suspicion that they were deliberate sabotage from gremlins hoping to make him look the fool. Each handful of mistakes was like having thumbtacks thrown under his wheels. Those who had to accommodate his Zeus bolts in the late hour had a different perspective. One of the Voice’s original pilgrims, John Wilcock—whose column “The Village Square” was one of the paper’s most popular features, along with Jules Feiffer’s cartoon strip, abounding with neurotic mama’s boys as tense as rolled-up umbrellas and an ardent bohemian dancer in a black leotard—recalls in his Manhattan Memories trying to put the issue to bed only to have Mailer roll in, fully armored. “We’d all be beavering away at this grotty printing plant when our new columnist Norman Mailer would arrive bearing his lengthy column, insisting it appear word for word in the already made-up tabloid. This would involve cutting a story here and another one there, jig-sawing in the Great Novelist’s priceless prose an inch or two at a time. Here was this young guy who’d written a best seller while barely out of his teens, who’d thus acquired all the arrogance of a star without any of the graciousness. The worst thing, as I saw it, was that unlike my newspaper friends he’d never been edited—and was never likely to be. There’s something about being paid several dollars per word for one’s writing that doesn’t encourage brevity and so, good writer though he was, he could have been infinitely better. Like most of us he would have benefited from a good editor, one not intimidated by his instant fame.”

(read more)

October 28, 2011

The (Almost) Unknown Pioneer of the Underground Press

I met the British-born John Wilcock when I was 17 and working as art director at The New York Free Press and Screw. He was the publisher of John Wilcock's Other Scenes. I didn't know then—and given my teenage obliviousness, not for some time thereafter—that he was one of the grandfathers, fathers who spawned many of the children of the American Underground Press.

(read more)

October 22, 2011

The New York Years

An authorized comic book biography of John Wilcock,
art by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall

This IS a book length comic series on John Wilcock. People who enjoy focusing on underground and alternative media are occasionally familiar with John's work, but most often the response is "who's that?" Outside of small press historians and collectors, John remains very unknown. Which makes no sense, the more you learn about him. We're very excited about the opportunity to tell his story. Art for THE STORY OF JOHN WILCOCK is by me and co-conspirator Scott Marshall. Story comes from an extended and ongoing year-long interview with Wilcock, himself. The focus is John's years in New York, roughly 1954-1971.

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January, 2011

The Return of the World's Worst Businessman

Sneak Peak “The Return of the World's Worst Businessman”
Tyler Malone
PMc Magazine

John Wilcock is not what you would call a household name, and yet, he has had a measurable impact on art, journalism and culture-at-large over the last century. He co-founded Interview with Andy Warhol. He also was one of the co-founders of The Village Voice. He has written for countless print and online publications: Frommer’s, The Daily Mirror, The Daily Mail, The East Village Other, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Ojai Orange, etc. So why, one feels inclined to ask, is he relatively unknown? The answer seems simple: Wilcock has called himself “the world’s worst businessman.” This self-description makes sense because listening to him one hears the voice of a writer and a traveler and an enthusiast, not at all the voice of a businessman. In an age when it seems like everyone is all about business—art as a business, fashion as a business, everything as a business—it is refreshing to hear someone self-identify as “the world’s worst businessman.” It seems less like he has failed as a businessman and more like he has refused to become one. In addition to all his other accomplishments,...

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jewcy Top 10 Art Books of 2010
Margarita Korol

This brilliant remake of a pop primary document is brought to you by John Wilcock, probably the Most Interesting Man in the World in the realm of writers. The Village Voice cofounder had also edited Warhol’s seminal mag Interview in the 70s. The fruit of the book is in the genius of its redesign. After 40 years out-of-print, the newly edited edition is “beautifully redesigned in a bright, Warholian palette” that surrounds a trail of Harry Shunk’s internationally Pop-art-informed camera as well as transcribed interviews with those closest to Warhol that ultimately make up an oral history of the artist’s Factory period. By looking at him through the scope of his peers, this book is the equivalent of Pittsburgh’s Warhol Museum in illuminating qualities of Warhol’s warped mirror on which our American culture was briefly reflected.

Said John Wilcock in explaining the book, “A lot of people really misunderstood him then and indeed still do, although there’s hardly a day when Andy’s name is not mentioned in the paper.” Especially interesting is the timing of Warhol’s booming popularity as it comes half a century after pop rushed the 60s, a period similar to our own with fluxes in economic, political, and civil rights climates.

(read more)

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Reader Comment from the recent New York Times Frugal Traveler post
RN—Sydney, Australia

Not only did John Wilcock shake up staid publishing in the USA, from the Village Voice to the East Village Other, his influence extended to several continents, including Australia & the UK, where - in his mild mannered way - he pushed the boundaries of image and speech. The counter culture was nothing but a dull puddle, until John kicked out the jams and ignited the Underground Press, which attracted absurd prosecutions, that of course boosted circulations. An unsung hero of the sixties,

indifferent to self promotion and the hoarding of gold, it is great to see John get a dash of recognition.

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November 8, 2010

Le Freak, c'est chic
by Vincent Truffy
John Wilcock at the New York Times

En 2007, Jean-François Bizot mourait à 63 ans d'avoir trop vécu. «A 126 ans», même, précisait le lendemain la nécrologie de Libération, qui comptait aussi ses nuits, bien aussi chargées que ses jours. Un peu plus tôt, Citizen B., magnat des médias underground avait publié son testament, Free Press. Celui d'une presse éphémère, délurée, sans complexes. The East Village Other (EVO), n°10, 1967. The East Village Other (EVO), n°10, 1967. Un mémorial de papier qui agitait les cadavres d'Actuel, d'EVO (prédécesseur du Village Voice), de Berkely Barb, de LA Free Press comme s'ils étaient toujours en vie.

Google Translation: (In 2007, Jean-François Bizot died at age 63 have lived too long. "In 126 years," even, stated the following day the obituary of Liberation, which were also nights as well as his days in charge. Earlier, Citizen B., underground media mogul had published his will, Free Press. That of an ephemeral press, sassy, uninhibited. The East Village Other (EVO), No. 10, 1967. The East Village Other (EVO), No. 10, 1967. A memorial of paper that shook the Dead News, EVO (predecessor of the Village Voice), the Berkeley Barb, LA Free Press as if they were alive.)

(read more)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Budget Travel Pioneer on a Time When $5 a Day Was Real (Frugal) Money
nytimes.com: Frugal Traveler

Seth Kugel
John Wilcock at the New York Times

It was the first handwritten letter I’d received in 5 years. Or maybe 10. Signed by John Wilcock, a man I’d never heard of, and postmarked Ojai, Calif., it was waiting for me when I returned from my São Paulo-to-New York summer trip. Mr. Wilcock wrote that he had been an assistant editor at The Times Travel section back in the 1950s, and had written the first editions of “Mexico on $5 a Day,” “Greece on $5 a Day” and “Japan on $5 a Day” for Arthur Frommer in the 1960s.

By George, I thought. This man was the original Frugal Traveler.

Sure Mr. Frommer himself, author of the seminal “Europe on $5 a Day,” could lay legitimate claim to that title as well. But Europe was one thing. The first-ever budget guidebooks to places like Mexico and Japan? That was some real trailblazing.

Mr. Wilcock, it turned out, did a lot more than scribble about travel: he co-founded The Village Voice in 1955 and wrote a column in it for 10 years; he also edited or wrote for or otherwise assisted countless other alternative and underground newspapers. His “Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol” was published in 1971 (and re-released in March), and he also was co-founder of Interview Magazine with Warhol.

Now 83 and living in Ojai, Mr. Wilcock is still traveling, and still writing a weekly column on the site he calls his “personal journal,” the Ojai Orange. (It’s also an occasional print publication, with all the archives online.) His autobiography, Manhattan Memories, also came out this year. I spoke with him about frugal travel in the days before there were even backpackers, let alone Internet cafes and Doritos to be found worldwide.

(read the whole post)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Demons, Cannibalism And A Needful Witchdoctor: John Wilcock’s Occult South American Journey

Sean Casteel Occult Journeys

The ancient belief systems of nature worship still flourish in some parts of the world, to include South America. Practices we find bizarre or even utterly repellant, things strange enough to induce what some psychologists and sociologists call “culture shock,” are presented in John Wilcock’sOccult Journeys Through South America” without judgment and also without any attempt to proselytize for the primitive rites of the indigenous peoples he writes about.


In an early chapter of “Occult Journeys Through South America,” Wilcock recounts the story of an explorer named Charles W. Domville-Fife, whose book “Among Wild Tribes of the Amazon” was published in 1925. Wilcock recounts how Domville-Fife “set off with camera, gun, trinkets and native bearers for the remotest regions he could reach. He visited the Apiaca, once the mortal enemies of the Mundurucu, whose fierce reputation was confirmed for him when he saw them drinking from cups made out of human skulls, the eye and nose sockets plugged by dirty red clay.”

The Apiacas believed that the spirits of the dead were reborn in the form of birds and animals and that the moon was an evil spirit whose satellites in the river would drag down to a murky depth any Indian who bathed under its pale light.


Domville-Fife was forced to learn to survive by eating monkeys, tortoises and lizards. He also suffered mosquitoes and was bitten by a vampire bat. He observed, but did not share, the habits of a tribe called the Itogapuks, who believed that by drinking a cupful of the blood of certain animals they could gain the strength, cunning or intelligence of their victim.

On a later visit to the Cashibo Indians, Domville-Fife was shocked to learn that “the aged are killed and eaten because it is considered better to be devoured by a friend than by birds or beasts of prey. It seems that these natives believed that having eaten the heart, brain, eyes, ears and hands they absorb the good qualities, cunning and spirit of the departed.” However, they do not kill and eat captives of other tribes because they look upon their neighbors as inferior in all respects to themselves and therefore “unworthy to be absorbed.”

(read the whole post)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Exclusive: Book peeks into the 'Sex Life of Andy Warhol'
popcandy - whitney matheson
usa today

As you know, I'm a major Andy Warhol enthusiast, so I was thrilled to see a new edition of a hard-to-find book in stores.

The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol (Trela Media, $45) was first published in 1971 and contains excellent interviews with folks from the '60s Factory era: Brigid Polk (aka Brigid Berlin), Ultra Violet, Viva, Nico, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Fred Hughes and others. (read more)

The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol from digitallight&form on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 9, 2010

The origin of Mensa in North America

The first handful of Mensa members in North America joined between 1951 and 1959. One such American was a reporter named John Wilcock, who attended a Mensa meeting while visiting England. He returned and wrote a column about Mensa for The Village Voice.

(read the whole post)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol', aka 'the Voltaire of the U.S.'
Victor P. Corona

Perhaps consistent with the aesthetic approach of the book’s subject, The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol features no statements by the Pop artist himself. Instead, the book is a set of interviews with friends and associates conducted by the British-born journalist John Wilcock, co-founder of the Village Voice and Warhol’s Interview magazine.

Originally published in 1971, the updated version has been edited and re-released by Christopher Trela and now includes vibrant full-page photographs and images of the Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor silkscreens, among other famous Warhol works. Although the collection does contain some gossip about his private romances, the anecdotes and analysis contained in The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol consist mostly of the interviewees’ impressions of Warhol’s inscrutable persona and speculations about what the long-term impact of his work might be. (read the whole post)

Saturday, August 5, 2010

Journalist John still California dreamin'
The Star
Martin Dawes

SHEFFIELD-BORN journalist John Wilcock is currently the darling of the American intelligentsia for his book The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol.

John, now 84, one of the founders of Village Voice, originally published it in the Seventies and it stayed forgotten until a copy was found in a bookshop by publisher Chrstopher Trela. The book, described by one critic as "a groovy period piece," has been given a slick art book makeover. But that doesn't make him a happy man.

John, who lives in California and publishes an online magazine at www.ojaiorange.com, is still itching for paid work. (read the whole post)

Saturday, August 4, 2010

Tuli Has Left the Planet
Paul Krassner

Prologue: Ah, the songs . . . “Boobs a Lot” . . . “Nothing” . . . “Morning, Morning” . . .

I first met Tuli Kupferberg in the early ’60s at the Paperback Gallery in Greenwich Village. I was delivering my magazine, The Realist, and he was delivering his booklet, Birth. Sharing a concept that tragedy and absurdity were two sides of the same coin, we bonded immediately.

In 1966, I published an article by John Wilcock, “Who the Fugs Think They Are.” Tuli talked about the importance of sexual liberation. “Americans like to kill or be killed,” he said. “Aggression is reaction to frustration. Sexual frustration is still the major problem to be solved and in my opinion the appearance of sexual humor is a healthy sign. And if we can put some joy, some real sexy warmth into the revolution, we’ll have really achieved something.” . (read the whole post)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

8 Surprising Insights from "The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol"
Andrew Russeth

In a new introduction to his 1971 book The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol, author John Wilcock writes that the tantalizing title led to “initial enthusiasm” among publishers when he first approached them in 1970. This enthusiasm turned to disappointment, however, when they learned that Warhol himself had actually contributed nothing to the book. Rather, Wilcock, one of the co-founders of the Village Voice, had interviewed more than 20 associates of the Pop artist to assemble a socially constructed portrait of his life in the late 1960s. It was the artist’s then-manager, Paul Morrissey, who suggested the rather misleading title. (read the whole post)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book review: The Autobiography And Sex Life Of Andy Warhol
Cody Ross

Few contemporary artists deign to expatiate on their life stories, let alone their sexual transgressions and fetishes, often insisting that their vision/lifestyle speaks for itself. That’s a valid point: all works of art are to some extent autobiographical, though the personal clues conveyed are often oblique, unverified or outright unknown. But what of Andy Warhol, Pop Art’s most infamous introvert whose personal demons and sexual quirks have been the subject of unquantifiable speculation, idealization and distortion?

In the early 70s, author John Wilcock compiled a thorough and accessible account of Warhol’s life, his obsessions and his manic proclivity for freakiness. In The Autobiography And Sex Life Of Andy Warhol (re-published and revised by Trela Media last month in conjunction with Gagosian Gallery), Messrs Wilcock and Trela explore the artist’s inner universe, piecing together fragmentary and mysterious tidbits into a fascinating and intriguing whole. Through surprising interviews, intimate personal accounts and hitherto unpublished diary records, Warhol’s life as an artist, lover and freaker takes on a discernable pattern, formed out of a curious combination of erotic excitement on the one hand and outright indifference and passivity on the other.. (read the whole post)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Andy Warhol's Last Decade at the Brooklyn Museum and Remembered at the New York Public Library: Please Sign My Banana
Regina Weinreich

On Wednesday night a few who knew him gathered at the New York Public Library for a panel moderated by Factory historian Steven Watson: John Wilcock, Gerard Malanga, Taylor Mead, Gretchen Berg, and surprise guest Bibbe Hansen. Joseph "Little Joey" Freeman spoke up from the audience. The occasion was the re-publication of John Wilcock's The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol,,edited by Christopher Trela. Known for the documentary, Guest of Cindy Sherman, Trela said he was inspired to publish it after picking up an original copy of this interview collection with photos by Shunk-Kender. The book's title comes from Paul Morrissey, and becomes a sly comment on its contents: interviews with Factory regulars and other Warhol associates: Charles Henri Ford, Naomi Levine, Marisol, Henry Geldzahler, Sam Green, Ultra Violet, Lou Reed and Nico, among them, by Village Voice founding editor and Interview Magazine founding co-publisher John Wilcock. (read the whole post)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Trela Media Published The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
From left to right: Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Chuck Wein and Gerard Malanga.

(read the whole post)

Monday, June 28, 2010

In Bed With Andy: The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol
by Tyler Mahowald

Last Wednesday evening brought together a collection of Andy Warhol associates and Factory regulars to the New York Public Library to celebrate Christopher Trela’s re-release of John Wilcock’s book, The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol. The newly designed book consists of a selection of interviews documenting the early Factory years through the words of those who lived them – illustrated with Warhol reproductions and photographs by Harry Shunk. (read the whole post)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Our Hustler
Art Forum

Andy Warhol
Left: Dustin Pittman and Taylor Mead. Right: Steven Watson, Bibbe Hansen, John Wilcock, Taylor Mead, Gretchen Berg, and Gerard Malanga. (All photos: Luke Brown)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1971, The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol was a real-time oral history of the Factory compiled by John Wilcock, a cofounder of the Village Voice, publisher of Interview, downtown scribe, and Factory regular himself. (“It’s not an autobiography and there’s no sex in it.”) I remember being a young Pop-obsessed weenie and gobbling up the book in the school library, where I learned to confuse postwar aesthetics with gossip. Quaintly DIY-looking and strangely neglected considering Warhol’s robust afterlife, the groovy period piece was discovered in the early 1990s by editor Christopher Trela, who decided to give this underexploited gem a slick art-book makeover, glossy production values, and its rightful place in the Warhol archive. (read the whole post)

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

An Art Book - The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium,
New York Public Library

Andy Warhol

Cultural historian Dr. Steven Watson will moderate a book presentation and panel discussion focused on the new publication, The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol, a collection of intimate interviews with Warhol's closest associates, friends and his superstars. John Wilcock, the author of the book, Gretchen Berg, a photojournalist, Brigid Berlin, artist and former Warhol superstar and Taylor Mead, actor and poet, will join Dr. Watson for a revealing conversation about Andy Warhol's life.

The program series An Art Book is a celebration of the essential importance and beauty of art books. The events showcase book presentations by world renowned artists, critics, historians, curators and writers.


Art Book

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol
Signing by Author John Wilcock, Photographer Gretchen Berg, and Editor and Publisher Christopher Trela

Andy Warhol

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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June 10, 2010

New York Times Magazine
Now Reading | A Warhol Tell-All
Sarah Fones

Andy Warhol

Christopher Trela first discovered John Wilcock’s long out-of-print “The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol” while browsing a rare-book stall at a Fifth Avenue street fair in 1991. Wilcock, who was a travel reporter for The New York Times before becoming a founding editor of both The Village Voice and Interview magazine, visited the Factory for seven years, up to five times a week. Casual conversations with the likes of Leo Castelli, Ultra Violet, Charles Henri Ford and Lou Reed, culled at the height of Warhol’s fame, eventually culminated in this oral history, which Wilcock self-published. (read the whole post)


June 9, 2010

Fashion News Roundup: Andy’s Autobio, and Male Models on the Web
Steff Yotka

Andy Warhol

Famous Forever: The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol is being re-released (it was first published in 1971). Written by Andy’s close friend John Wilcock, it chronicles Andy’s life, the Factory scene, and offers insight on the man underneath the wig.

June 9, 2010

LA Times
His Pop idol: For MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, Andy Warhol is a longtime influence.
Jori Finkel

Over the last four decades, Jeffrey Deitch has played many roles in the New York art world. In the 1970s, he got his start as a gallery assistant and art critic. In the '80s, he co-directed the art advisory department at Citibank. In the '90s, he was a private dealer before opening the gallery and performance space Deitch Projects.

This month, he has made what many call his biggest move yet, becoming the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. (read the whole post)

Andy Warhol Film, Art and Superstars


At the film society, Andy Warhol showed Vinyl, Lupe, and film footage of Nico and the Velvet Underground while they were playing. His entourage also included Paul Morrissey, Gerard Malanga, a blonde girl named Susanna, Ingrid Superstar, Nat Finkelstein, Barbara Rubin, Danny Williams (working the lights) and an Englishman named John Wilcock “who was one of the first journalists to cover the counterculture.”


April 16, 2010

monochrom #26-34: Ye Olde Self-Referentiality
'John Wilcock and the Manhattan Memories: Chapters 7&8'

Chapter 07. EVO

The singing Tit-o-Gram
The East Village Other
Art & Forgery;
Birth of Black Power
The Underground Press
Army revolt:  fragging officers
Bowart goes to Millbrook

A Few Few Notes About the Village Square

In the beginning was a sign in the window of the Eleven Arts Bookshop in Sheridan Square. I had been in New York for one week had been moving around the Village and had asked Sam Kramer: "If Greenwich Village is so famous for its Bohemians, why doesn't it have a proper newspaper (the Villager, in my view, being exactly right for little old ladies). Said Sam: "Why don't you start one?"      

The bookstore sign aroused about a dozen enthusiasts, among them a pretty chick named Cindy Lee, none of whom had any money. It was about a year later in the back room of Julius' that Ed and Dan (whom I'd met at one of Cindy's parties) told me that they'd raised a few thousand bucks and were going to launch the then-unnamed Voice. (Mailer provided the name after we'd all mulled over endless lists of banal titles).

March 15, 2010

Alister & Paine: the digital magazine for 21st century executives
'The World’s Least Successful Businessman | John Wilcock'

by Neil Bostock

An 82 year old libertarian-anarchist who once interviewed Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, writer of Insight travel guides, co-founder of The Village Voice, Warhol insider, weekly columnist/proto-blogger for over 50 years, John Wilcock is a man of contradictions who, to paraphrase Rodney Dangerfield, gets no respect.

Wilcock’s autobiography, Manhattan Memories, chronicles Wilcock’s co-founding of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, slated in 2010 for an anniversary IPad edition; his bohemian travel book, Mexico on $5 a Day, the first of several Frommers tourist guides; and his important role in The East Village Other, an underground newspaper which pioneered psychedelic and alternative culture, and influenced international underground journalism, as well as being one of the catalysts for Jann Wenner’s Rolling Stone Magazine. (read the whole post)

February 25, 2010

The Star
'[The] Influential man nobody knew'

by Martin Dawes

"JOURNALIST John Wilcock had a novel way of improving his social life in Sixties New York.

Hanging around with Andy Warhol at his 47th Street Factory, he noticed discarded invitations for parties the pop artist didn't want to attend. John collected them up and went to the parties himself - then wrote a column in the High Times alternative paper called The Parties Andy Warhol Didn't Go To. Sheffield-born John, now 82, recalls those days in his autobiography, Manhattan Memories, now available on Kindle and at lulu.com Just before John was about to leave for Europe he asked Warhol to settle a printing debt and was given a couple of paintings. They'd be worth a tidy sum now but instead he swapped it for marijuana." (read the whole post)

February 13, 2010

Review: Amazon.com
'Sitting at the Table of Life...'

by Alex Gross
(Author of "The Untold Sixties: When Hope was Born")

Sitting at the Table of Life...

Manhattan Memories is an important book. To understand why, you'll need to understand why its author John Wilcock is also important. That's no small order, because in a very remarkable way John has been responsible for everything interesting that has happened over the past fifty-five years. And not just here in the US but in a broad swathe of nations beyond our shores. Or at the very least for reporting all those remarkable events, while often deeply involved in what made them happen in the first place. And in some cases even making them happen himself.

Way back in 1956 he was on hand among the very founders of the Village Voice, which brought a bright, skeptical tone to American journalism. And he took his leave from them at exactly the right time--when they canned him for among other things having the temerity to mention the diabolical word "pot" in print and promote the writings of such troublemakers as Paul Krassner. (read the whole post)

April 11, 2008

The Huffington Post
'The Column of Lasting Insignificance

Leaving London after stints with the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror, John Wilcock (whose autobiography is being serialized) went first to Canada, but after a few years was in New York working for the New York Times as a travel editor. This led to 40 years of writing travel books, first for the $5-a-Day series (Japan, Greece, Mexico, India) and then writing/editing 25 books for Insight Guides as their U.S. West Coast editor.

Wilcock was a seasoned journalist with a résumé spanning three countries when he found himself spending his Thursday nights with Mailer and a printing press. “He would arrive last-minute with his column. You couldn’t cut a word of it,” remembers Wilcock, who was secretly tickled when Mailer’s use of “nuance” became “nuisance” by virtue of bad typesetting. (read the whole post)

September 7, 2006

'Mr. Underground'

by Saundra Sorenson

John Wilcock drops an anecdote about Norman Mailer.

“We never really got along very well,” considers the 78 year-old. “I suppose it was understandable. He was still young — in his early 20s — when he wrote the The Naked and the Dead. He sounded a bit self-important. I suppose it's understandable in retrospect.”

Wilcock was a seasoned journalist with a résumé spanning three countries when he found himself spending his Thursday nights with Mailer and a printing press. “He would arrive last-minute with his column. You couldn’t cut a word of it,” remembers Wilcock, who was secretly tickled when Mailer’s use of “nuance” became “nuisance” by virtue of bad typesetting. (read the whole post)


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