by Jay BlotcherIf
Andy Warhol was the chief jester of the psychedelic ‘60s—artist, filmmaker, huckster, sacred clown and satirist of a disposable culture—then the ringmaster of this whacked-out circus was Billy Name. Drawing on his own background in stage work, the Poughkeepsie-born Name created the ideal stage for Warhol’s superstars: he constructed and maintained the Silver Factory, Warhol’s midtown Manhattan Pop art workspace and the stable’s de facto clubhouse. There they thrived: Ondine, Viva, Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Joe Dallesandro, Edie Sedgwick, Nico and more. Making music, making scenes, flouncing and preening and drugging while fabricating their own legends in an early example of performance art.