Now, Phaidon's new monograph of Shore's photos from that era, Factory: Andy Warhol, presents rarely seen images from the Pop artist's circle accompanied by anecdotes from their subjects and other witnesses, from members of the Velvet Underground and the infamous Superstars to Warhol and his closest confidants. Here, below, are 10 of the most riveting snapshots of this fabled moment in history. (You can get the book here for a full immersion into this heady time.
"As soon as the diminutive Puerto Rican locksmith appeared at my door, Dorothy instantly shrieked at him, 'You goddamn faggot, you stole my purse!' Then she pulled the astonished man to the floor, where she kicked and throttled him. I was so upset that I dialed 911. The police were there in no time. Imagine their surprise when Dorothy, briefly releasing her grip on the locksmith’s neck, shouted at them, 'You goddamn faggots, you stole my purse!' They subdued her and began to search for her purse. They looked under couches, under beds, in cupboards, everywhere.
"Suddenly one of the men gave a cry of triumph. He had found the purse in my oven! 'Oh, yes,' Dorothy said, 'I remember now. I put it in the oven when I first arrived at the party so that no one would steal it.' Dorothy was so overjoyed that she wanted to reward the police for their diligence. She opened the purse and began to offer the cops marijuana and other drugs! Fortunately, they thought she was just joking, laughed it off, patted her on the back, and left. Afterwards I discovered that she was not joking at all and that she had tons of illegal drugs in that purse.” – Edmund Hennessy, Factory regular.
"People stood back; they made this ten-foot circle and asked, ‘Who is this woman?’ Then it started to get around that she was the person in La Dolce Vita. She was very scary. She immediately picked up my friend, Seymour, who was from an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn and very gay. She seduced him and became his lover. She taught him how to have sex with women.” – Danny Fields, manager for the Velvet Underground
“Nico was the most beautiful person who ever lived. She comes out of the European avant-garde, the model world, la dolce vita. The first time I met her she was staying at the Hotel Earle, learning Bob Dylan’s ‘I’ll Keep It With Mine.’ She was very taken with Lou Reed and wanted to hook up with the Velvets. We talked about poetry a good deal. I taught her a little Greek.
"Nico was born in Cologne in 1938. She grew up during World War II and lived in Cologne and in what became East Germany; her grandfather lived in the eastern part of Germany. I think she had some Polish blood, too. She remembered visiting her grandfather in the later years of the war. He was a railroad switchman. She remembered the death trains going by. She remembered hands coming out of the trains. She was six or seven years old.
"Nico was billed as the moon goddess. She was a remote and otherworldly creature, with that incredible voice and an incredible sensibility. She was a genuine anarchist, devoted to a kind of destruction, although she had periods of coherence, at various points. I was very fond of her.” – Donald Lyons, theater critic and Factory habitué
"The point was to get Lou to make things up on the spot. It was magic to him, and it was always fun to see him surprise himself at what could happen. I think he was astonished by what I was doing. He didn’t understand what the hell anybody was doing holding a note for two hours, but he understood the cachet of the avant-garde and what that meant.” – John Cale, Velvet Underground member