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September 8, 2018
referencing I Shot Andy Warhol - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture, CD, Comp, CD 92690

I’m more that sure that Andy Warhol would have loved the title of this movie and the various artist compilation by the same name. The story goes that slightly nutty butch Valerie Solanas, wounded from a tragic abusive childhood, who went from a university student in the 1950’s to a panhandling prostitute by the 1960’s, was introduced to the Warhol Factory by her transvestite friend Candy Darling (made famous by the Lou Reed song), who for some reason fixated on one of America’s leading artist as her vehicle for success. With Andy being who he was, and as cruel as he was often known to be, he gives her just enough hope to keep her hanging around, yet at arms length.

All of this leads to Solanas getting her hands on a pistol, where on the 3rd of June 1968, she walks into the factory and shoots Andy Warhol, all with a copy of her radical lesbian feminist manifesto S.C.U.M. (The Society for Cutting Up Men) in hand.

The movie was never a box-office hit, hence the same can be said of the soundtrack, though point of fact, the soundtrack is a rather good collection of various artist’s songs that aren’t so much about the shooting, more that these numbers reference the times of the shooting, popular music of the day given new voice and vision by contemporary artists, with some of them doing wonderful renditions. In particular is Luna’s cover of the Donovan song “Season of the Witch,” Ben Lee’s cover of “Itchycoo Park” by Small Faces and Bettie Serveert’s great take of the Dylan song “I’ll Keep It With Mine.” Most of these tracks don’t show up on albums by these artists, though some eventually will, nevertheless leading to a great play anytime these tunes spin their way from your stereo.

*** The Fun Facts: The album and movie artwork is taken from the famous silkscreen of Elvis Presley from the film and publicity still “Flaming Star” depicting him drawing down his gun in full cowboy regalia with the head of Valerie Solanas super imposed over that of Elvis, drawing together the artwork of Warhol and the woman who shot him.

Review by Jenell Kesler