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Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, shuts down

June 21 2018, 12:28 | Rex Rios

“Interview” Magazine, Founded By Andy Warhol, Is Shutting Down After 50 Years

Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after nearly 50 years

After almost 50 years in business, Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol and the British journalist John Wilcock, folded today (21 May), effective immediately for both its print and web versions. A lawyer whose firm has represented Interview and its parent Brant Publications in legal matters over the past year declined to comment on the magazine's closure or the bankruptcy.

The news of the closure was broken to the public by staff members who took to social media in light of the news, offering their email addresses for freelance services.

Earlier this month, Interview was sued for $600,000 by former editorial director Fabien Baron.

The cover of Interview's September issue was especially controversial.

Baron resigned from the publication last month after working there for more than 10 years. Baron, who resigned in April, contends the magazine owes him "over $500,000 from invoices between 2015 and 2018" as well as another $66,000 for Poiblanc for her work, according to Page Six. He said staffers were told at an all-hands meeting on Monday that the company is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

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Truman Capote was one of Interview's earliest contributors, and Warhol also conducted many interviews.

In 1977, riffing on his famous dictum that in the future everyone in America would be famous for 15 minutes, Warhol told the late writer and editor Glenn O'Brien that when he was drunk, "I tell everyone they can be on the cover of Interview". Sischy then helped steer Interview into another iconic era of interviews of icons in the worlds of art, fashion, film, music, and other influential facets of contemporary culture.

Former associate publisher Jane Katz, who says she was sacked without cause, also charges the publication owes her $230,000 in unpaid wages, while former Interview President Dan Ragone alleges he is owed $170,000. The magazine had since gone through several reboots, including in 2009, when billionaire Peter Brant purchased the publication.

As the title suggests, the magazine was built upon interviews with various cultural luminaries of the day, from the glitzy patrons of Studio 54 to the punk pioneers of CBGB and the Mud Club.

Interview also always stuck to its guns.



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