Victor Bockris (born 1949) is an English-born, U.S.-based author,
primarily of biographies of artists, writers, and musicians.
He has written about
Lou Reed (and The Velvet Underground), Andy
Warhol, Keith Richards, William S. Burroughs, Terry Southern, Blondie,
Patti Smith, and Muhammad Ali. He also helped write the
John Cale and Bebe Buell.
Bockris was born in
Sussex, England in 1949; his family moved to
Pennsylvania when he was four years old. He graduated
from the University of Pennsylvania, where both his parents worked, in
1971. While still in Philadelphia, he founded
Telegraph Books.
He moved to
New York City
New York City in 1973 and became an associate of Warhol
and Burroughs. He worked for Warhol at the Factory
and published many pieces in Warhol's magazine Interview, often in
collaboration with Andrew Wylie, now best known as a literary
agent. As well as Interview, Bockris also published
work in High Times, Gadfly and Drummer.
Bockris' book Beat Punks explores the relationship between artistic
bohemians of the 1950s (the Beats) and the 1970s (the Punks).
"Andy taught us how to interview: Never have any questions ready.
Treat it like a cocktail party."
^ "Mr. International Velvet". Citypaper.net. 1995-11-02. Retrieved
The Ali-Warhol tapes by Victor Bockris
The magic world of William Burroughs by Victor Bockris
Visions of the Seventies by Victor Bockris
Telegraph Books collection, Kislak Center for
Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
Victor Bockris papers, Kislak Center for
Special Collections, Rare
Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
ISNI: 0000 0001 0935 4399
BNF: cb13327061d (data)
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