1. YOU LANDED YOUR FIRST JOB AT ANDY WARHOL’S ‘INTERVIEW MAGAZINE’, AS ASSISTANT EDITOR. DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR FIRST DAY WAS LIKE AND HOW IT SHAPED THE REST OF YOUR ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER?
I was assistant editor in 1970 and in 1971 I became the editor of the magazine and I started writing about music regularly, but I didn’t begin the column“Glenn O’Brien’s Beat” until later. In 1978, Andy Warhol suggested I write a column about music. And then it turned into a column about everything. The early days of Interview were a great experience for me. I learned a lot more there than I did in college.
2. AS A PRODUCER FOR THE INFAMOUS NEW YORK CITY CABLE ACCESS SHOW, ‘TV PARTY’ (WITH APPEARANCES BY JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT, DAVID BYRNE, STEVEN MEISEL, DEBORAH HARRY, PLUS MANY MORE) WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE GUEST AND WHAT WAS THE CRAZIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILST FILMING LIVE?
I guess I was most honored to have as guests George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic and Iggy Pop. I was most impressed when David Bowie showed up, but I never got him to talk.
3. AS A DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND EDITOR YOU HAVE HAVE SUCH PHENOMENAL CLIENTELE AS NIKE, REVOLN, ARMANI, DIOR, MADONNA AND MTV (TO NAME BUT A FEW). WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST FAVORITE TO WORK FOR?
My favorite clients in advertising have been Barneys New York and Calvin Klein, because it seemed like there were no limits. Also I have really enjoyed working on any project with Jean-Baptiste, Mondino we have done great work for Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Armani.
4. YOU HAVE BEEN NAMED IN GQ MAGAZINE’S ‘TOP 10 MOST STYLISH MEN IN AMERICA’ AND HAVE SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN DUBBED ‘THE STYLE GUY’ AT THE MAGAZINE. WHAT DO YOU LOVE AND LOATHE ABOUT MALE FASHION TODAY?
We’ve actually gone back to the classics, which I’ve been wearing all along. So basicallyI’m dressed like I was when I was seventeen, but I have a little more to spend.
5. WHAT PRICELESS STYLE ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER NEW YORK MEN?
They have to read my column for that.Basically my advice is be yourself, and if you don’t know who you are, clothes might help you find out.
6. WITH SO MANY CREATIVE TALENTS UNDER YOUR BELT-WRITER, EDITOR, PUBLISHER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR (THE LIST GOES ON!), IS THERE ONE VOCATION YOU WISH YOU HAD ALSO PURSUED?
Well I’m a great screenwriter but I’ve never found an agent that understood me. I have a great script in the drawer. For some reason I have not been embraced by The Coast.
7. WHAT’S NEXT ON THE CARDS FOR GLENN O’BRIEN?
I have a book coming out with Rizzoli next spring called, ‘How to Be a Man’. It explains everything.
QUICK RANDOM ONES
Reading. On my vacation I finished Robert Fagles translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey.
FAVORITE KEY TREND FOR MEN?
Black tie for its own sake.
FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING ON A WOMAN?
Cocktail dress and high heels.
FAVORITE BAR IN NEW YORK CITY?
I’m a wino, so I like restaurant bars that pour a nice bottle, but for the occasional cocktail I still like Odeon.
MOST MEMORABLE SCENE FROM A MOVIE?
I love the post-premiere party scene in All About Eve where Bette Davis says: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”And in the same movie the scene where Eve tries to throw Addison Dewitt out of her room and he says: “You’re too short for that gesture.”
FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH?
Kim Novak. When I was in the third grade she patted me on the cheek.