By Andy Warhol, Pat Hackett
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All of us enjoyed Viva; we’d by no means noticeable whatever like her, and from then on, it used to be simply taken with no consideration that she’d be in no matter what motion picture we did. She used to be humorous, trendy, and photogenic—and she gave nice interviews. She even wrote stories of our video clips for a neighborhood ebook referred to as Downtown, utilizing the by-line of Susan Hoffmann (her actual name), giving herself, evidently, overall raves: “Viva! is a hilarious blend of Greta Garbo, Myrna Loy, and Carole Lombard…. she combines the beauty of the Thirties with the catty candor… of the Sixties…. ” We took blurbs from Viva’s rave reports of herself and ran them in newspaper advertisements for our video clips. Why now not? every little thing she stated was once real. And if which will get round the censors was once to confuse them, then Viva used to be excellent for the days, simply because whilst she took her outfits off, there has been continually the query of no matter if her bony physique used to be a turn-on or -off—the “prurience” used to be quite in query there. whilst Chelsea women opened on the Presidio Theater in L. A. in overdue August ’67, Paul, extremely, Ondine, Billy, and that i flew to California for private appearances. Nico was once already available in the market; she’d been on the citadel all summer season with Jim Morrison, yet she’d long past off with Brian Jones to the Monterey pageant. (Edie stayed on the citadel a short while that summer season, too. She had come cross-country in a Volkswagen station wagon—someone else drove— after being very out of it, taking plenty of medicinal drugs these final days in big apple. ) We have been type of in teams. Ondine, Billy, and a woman they known as Orion the Witch of Bleecker Street—an A-head buddy of theirs from big apple who’d simply moved out to San Francisco— shaped one workforce. They went round terrorizing the flower humans and announcing each minute how they couldn’t stand the West Coast one other moment. I walked into their rooms as soon as after they had all simply taken belladonna, and that i watched a chum of Ondine’s, bare with the exception of polka-dot socks, drop a marble tabletop on his foot and never suppose it. Ondine stated, “There is not any hallucinogen except belladonna. it's a visible poison. ” I’d heard that from a number of people—that acid used to be not anything in comparison to belladonna. the remainder of us simply went wandering round the urban, getting the texture of where on the finish of the massive Love summer time. there have been undesirable vibrations from the San Francisco hippies towards something that used to be above a kind of psychedelic poverty level—anything that gave the look of it fee cash was once a part of the institution— and so once we drove round city for an afternoon or in a Cadillac limousine that the movie show rented for us, it used to be like we have been waving a pink flag; the flower teenagers on the street could flip and glare at us, very contemptuous. That didn’t trouble us; we concept it used to be humorous, and Paul, after all, used to be having a ball—he even discovered how to antagonize the Haight Ash-bury varieties a bit extra: he’d have our driving force pull over beside teams of youngsters in beads and flora, then he’d roll down the limousine window and ask them, “Say, where’s the closest Salvation military?