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Art September, 9 2008

TV Party

Style Guy, Glenn O’Brien, has always influenced millions of guys with his monthly Style Guy column in GQ, and he recently became part owner of Interview magazine, his old stomping ground in the Warhol days. But it is his earlier work is what is getting the attention lately. From 1978 to 1982, Glenn O’Brien hosted a New York City cable TV show called TV PARTY. That show, which David Letterman once called “the greatest TV show ever,”  is the inspiration for the Band of Outsiders collection. Co-hosted by Chris Stein from Blondie and directed by filmmaker Amos Poe, television went where it had never gone before. Shot in the style of its subject matter, TV PARTY is an ode to the cable television show that is as much a piece of late ’70s culture as it is a definition for it featuring interviews with famous regulars such as Debbie Harry, Amos Poe and, of course, the host Glenn O’Brien. A documentary of the show which captures the playful spirit of this radical talk show that touches on themes of music, politics and ‘sub-realism’ is available here. Via WeAreTheMarket
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