Victor Bockris

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Victor Bockris in 1972 by Elsa Dorfman

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 autobiographies of John Cale and Bebe Buell.[citation needed]

Bockris was born in Sussex, England in 1949; his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was four years old.[citation needed] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where both his parents worked, in 1971.[1] While still in Philadelphia, he founded Telegraph Books.[citation needed]

He moved to New York City in 1973 and became an associate of Warhol and Burroughs.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] As well as Interview, Bockris also published work in High Times, Gadfly and Drummer.[citation needed]

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."[2]


  1. ^ "Victor Bockris/Contributing Author – Loud Alien Noize". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Mr. International Velvet". 1995-11-02. Archived from the original on 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2012-07-31.

External links

  • interview
  • 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 Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
  • Victor Bockris papers, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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