Today is the 30th anniversary of Andy Warhol‘s death. The late Nelson Sullivan was always on the scene with his video camera and in 1986 on Valentine’s Day, he caught Warhol signing his new photography book America at a Fiorucci in-store party. My old pals Joey Arias, Erich Conrad, April Palmieri, Andy’s assistant Benjamin Liu, then club kid, James St. James (at about 3:20. How cute is he?) Phoebe Legere and Billy Boy were there too, among others. I love that while Andy was signing away, they announce that
“the store is closing in ten minutes.“
These kind of events were not the micro-managed, PR-nightmares we have today – it was much more “anything goes”, Andy’s one of us.