William Sarradet and Brandon Zech discuss the similarities and differences between two new Netflix documentary series.
“Andy Warhol did kind of invent the persona as a brand, but at the time he pioneered it, there was no pride to his persona. With Kanye West, his brand is 98% pride.”
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—NY Times: Warhol-mania: Why the Famed Pop Artist Is Everywhere Again
—Artnet News: Thanks to the Magic of A.I., Andy Warhol Will Narrate a New Netflix Documentary Series on His Life From Beyond the Grave
—NY Times: Why a Kanye West Documentary Took Two Decades to See the Light
—Vice: ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ Missed a Chance to Tell a More Honest Story About Kanye
—NY Times: Kanye West Always Wanted You to Watch
Kanye’s (Ye’s?) 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is truly great. I got new appreciation for his 2016 song “Ultralight Beam” after seeing it used in Arthur Jafa’s astonishing video “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” at the Dirty South show at the CAMH.
He strikes me as someone who is having a hard time with fame. Some celebrities seem to handle being famous pretty well, and some (Elvis, Michael Jackson) seem to lose the thread of themselves in the midst of it. Kanye may never fully recover from having the first Black president call him a “jackass,” but hopefully he will come out of whatever current crisis he’s in and go on to make more great music. His early work is sincerely appreciated by at least one middle-aged white lady in Texas.